In anticipation of the release of Harper Lee's novel Go Set a Watchman on July 14, there will be a read-athon of her Pulitzer Prize-winning first novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, featuring local educators, authors and journalists, including Tampa Bay Times columnist Ernest Hooper. It starts at 11:30 a.m. July 13 and continues until approximately 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Brandon, 122 Brandon Town Center Drive.
Manatee Performing Arts Center and the Manatee County Library Foundation present a talk by author Jeff Lindsay, creator of the bestselling Dexter series, at 6 p.m. July 13 at the center, 502 Third Ave. W, Bradenton. Tickets cost $35 at manateelibraryfoundation.org. After the talk, Lindsay will attend an intimate dinner at Ortygia Restaurant, 1418 13th St. W, Bradenton; tickets for the three-course dinner are $75 at manateelibraryfoundation.org.
St. Petersburg author Bob Andelman (Will Eisner: A Spirited Life) will discuss and sign his biography of the comic book creator at 2:30 p.m. July 13 at SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin; and at 3 p.m. July 18 at Barbara Ponce Library, 7770 52nd St., Pinellas Park.
Florida authors J.R. Ballow (The Treasure of Time), Roberta Burton (The Burgundy Briefcase) and William Mark (Lost in the Darkness) will sign their books at noon July 18 at Book Bank, 13002 Seminole Blvd., Largo.
Local author Jack Welch (When Running Was Young & So Were We) will discuss and sign his book at 1 p.m. July 18 at East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Brooksville.