Pro surfing champion Clay Marzo (Just Add Water: A Surfing Savant's Journey With Asperger's) will discuss and sign his book at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa.
The University of South Florida master of fine arts in creative writing program will present a reading of debut novels by two of its graduates, Phillippe Diederich (Sofrito) and Kimberly Karalius (Love Fortunes and Other Disasters), at 6 p.m. Sept. 4 at USF Graphicstudio, 3702 Spectrum Blvd., Tampa.
Local authors Lynda Lippman-Lockhart (The Laundry Room), Ashley Rhodes-Courter (Three More Words), Troy Legette (Social Climax), Mario Cloutier and Diane Sawaya Cloutier (ReLovenship: Look Within to Love Again) and Sam Black (Fatal Serum) will hold a book signing from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 5 at Barnes & Noble St. Petersburg, 2501 Tyrone Blvd.
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.
Applications for volunteers and vendors for the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading on Oct. 24 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg are available at festivalofreading.com, or call (727) 893-8025
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