Florida author Diana Abu-Jaber will discuss her new novel, Fencing With the King, in conversation with former journalist and BayCare communications director Joni James at 7 p.m. May 24 at Tombolo Books, 2153 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free; RSVP at tombolobooks.com/events.
Clearwater author Jan M. Walton will discuss her novel River Avenue at 5 p.m. May 25 at the Clearwater Beach Library, 69 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater. Free. For information, call (727) 562-4970.
Poet Victoria Dym will launch and sign her new book, Spontaneous, joined by poets Charmaine Jennings and Wally B. Jennings, at 7:30 p.m. May 28 at Powerstories Theater, 2105 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free; wine and cheese and an open mic follow the reading.
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