MLB.com senior correspondent Hal Bodley (How Baseball Explains America) will sign his book about the sport's history at 7 p.m. Monday (Sept. 15) at Salon Lofts, 1068 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg.
East Lake Community Library's Author Showcase presents K. Trap Jones (The Sinner) discussing and signing his horror novel at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 16) at the library, 4125 East Lake Road S, Palm Harbor.
Chris Guillebeau (The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life) will discuss and sign his book about visiting every country in the world at 7 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 18) at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa.
Tampa author Tim Dorsey (Tiger Shrimp Tango) will discuss and sign his comic Florida mystery at 11:30 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 20) at Palmetto Library, 923 Sixth St. W, Palmetto; and at 2 p.m. Saturday at Selby Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota.
Florida author E.W. Skinner (St. Blair: Children of the Night) will discuss and sign her YA paranormal novel at 2 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 20) at Book Bank, 13002 Seminole Blvd., Largo.
Vendor and volunteer applications for the 2014 Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading, Oct. 25 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, are available at festivalofreading.com.
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