Plant City author Shane Hinton (Pinkies) will discuss and sign his book of short stories at 7 p.m. Thursday at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa.
Maura Satchell (The Gray Lady of Long Branch) will read and sign at a launch party for her novel at 1 p.m. Saturday at Krazy Kup Cafe, 101 E.J. Arden Mays Blvd., Plant City.
Vietnam veteran Jim Lamb (Orange Socks & Other Colorful Tales: How I Survived Vietnam and Kept My Sense of Humor) will read from and sign his memoir at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road, New Port Richey.
The Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education program and the University of South Florida Humanities Institute are accepting entries for Future Times: Florida in 2050, a short story contest for Tampa Bay area students in grades 9-12. The winner will receive $100 and an invitation to read the story at the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading on Oct. 24. For rules and entry, go to tampabay.com/nie/futuretimes.
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