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Josip Novakovich to discuss, sign essay collection

Book Talk

Croatian novelist and nonfiction writer Josip Novakovich (Shopping for a Better Country) will discuss and sign his essay collection at 2 p.m. today at Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main St., Sarasota.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (An American Son/Un Hijo Americano) will sign his memoir at 7 p.m. July 1 at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa. Ticketed event; one ticket issued with each copy of the book (available in English and Spanish) purchased at Inkwood, with advance purchase highly recommended.

The 20th annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading will take place Oct. 20 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. For author application and information, go to

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