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Events: National Book Award winner Kathryn Erskine in Sarasota

Published Jan. 14, 2015

Book Talk

Poets Jason Dean Arnold (Unrecognizable Beauty), Patricia Averbach (Missing Persons) and Debra Gingerich (Where We Start) will read their work at 2 p.m. today at Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main St., Sarasota.

Eckerd College's Writers in Paradise conference presents free readings by its featured authors. All readings begin at 8 p.m., preceded by a wine and cheese reception at 7:30 and followed by author signings. Books will be available for purchase. All events take place in Miller Auditorium, Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. The readings are open to the public. For information, call (727) 864-7994.

Today: David Yoo (The Detention Club) and Les Standiford (The Last Train to Paradise)

Monday: K.C. Wolfe and Patricia Engel (It's Not Love, It's Just Paris)

Tuesday: Lori Roy (Until She Comes Home) and Peter Meinke (Lucky Bones)

Thursday: John Searles (Help for the Haunted) and Sterling Watson (Suitcase City)

Friday: Andre Dubus III (Dirty Love) and Ann Hood (The Italian Wife)

Saturday: Laura Lippman (After I'm Gone) and Jacquelyn Mitchard (What We Lost in the Dark)

Tim Federle (Hickory Daiquiri Dock: Cocktails with a Nursery Rhyme Twist) will discuss and sign his book at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa. Tickets are $25 and include one copy of the book, admission for two and cocktails;

Bookstore1Sarasota's winter author luncheon series presents Kathryn Erskine, winner of the 2010 National Book Award for young people's literature for Mockingbird, at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Florida Studio Theatre's Court Cabaret, corner of Cocoanut Avenue and First Street, Sarasota. Tickets are $35 for lunch and a copy of Mockingbird.

Les Standiford (Meet You in Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick and the Bitter Partnership That Transformed America) will discuss his book at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mirror Lake Library, 280 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg.

Friends of the Eckerd College Library present Ann Hood (The Italian Wife) speaking at a dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday at James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences, Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Tickets are $50 and include a copy of the book; call (727) 864-8336 by Monday.

Talmud scholar and bestselling author Maggie Anton (Enchantress) will speak on "Magic, Women and the Talmud" at noon Thursday at Congregation Beth Israel, 1115 Del Webb Blvd. E, Sun City Center. The event is free, but call (813) 633-9078 for reservations.