The Oxford Exchange hosts a launch party for local author Amy Christine Parker’s horror novel “Flight 171″ at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the bookstore, 411 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Tickets $5 for admission, or $10.74 for admission plus a signed paperback, at oxfordexchange.com/pages/calendar.
The Oxford Exchange presents bestselling authors Jodi Picoult (”Wish You Were Here”) and Jennifer Finney Boylan (”Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs”) in conversation about their new novel, “Mad Honey,” with Times book editor Colette Bancroft at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. Picoult is the New York Times bestselling author of 28 novels. Boylan, a human rights activist, has published 16 books and been a columnist for the New York Times. The two authors collaborated on this compelling novel that combines courtroom suspense and a tale of family secrets with a love story. Tickets include a pre-signed copy of “Mad Honey” and are $44 at the box office or $45 online at oxfordexchange.com/pages/calendar.
Tombolo Books and Gloria Muñoz present a reading by poet and Harvard professor Stephanie Burt of her new collection of poems, “We Are Mermaids,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at the bookstore, 2153 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free; RSVP at tombolobooks.com/events
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