Journalist and novelist Omar El Akkad (American War) will discuss and sign his dystopian debut novel at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.
Local author John Moreschi (Dream Mechanics: A Practical Guide to Creating Your Reality) will discuss and sign his book at 2 p.m. Oct. 15 at Haslam's Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
The University of South Florida English Department's Writers' Harvest presents readings by Florida poet laureate Peter Meinke (To Start With, Feel Fortunate), poet Chelsea Dingman (Thaw) and fiction writer Shane Hinton (We Can't Help It If We're From Florida: New Stories From a Sinking Peninsula) at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Admission is $5 or three cans of food for Feeding America Tampa Bay.
Former Tampa Bay Times sportswriter and columnist Bruce Lowitt (The Game Isn't Everything) will discuss and sign his book collecting his features and columns at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road S, Palm Harbor.
Truck driver Finn Murphy (The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road) will discuss and sign his memoir at 4 p.m. Oct. 21 at Inkwood Books Tampa Heights, 1809 N Tampa St., Tampa.
Applications are available at tampabay.com/expos/festival-of-reading for vendors and volunteers for the 2017 Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading, which is Nov. 11 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
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