The sixth annual ReadOut Literary Festival continues from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S. Keynote speaker Brian Broome, author of the award-winning memoir “Punch Me Up to the Gods,” will speak at noon at the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. To reserve free tickets for the festival and to see a complete schedule, go to readout.lgbtqgulfport.org.
Veronica Roth, the bestselling author of the Divergent series, will be in conversation about her new novel, “Arch-Conspirator,” a reimagining of the story of Antigone, with Hugo winner Max Gladstone at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Tickets $5 for admission or $19.99 for admission and a signed copy of the book at oxfordexchange.com/pages/calendar.
Book Talk is a listing of in-person author appearances in the Tampa Bay area in the coming week. To place an item in Book Talk, send author’s name, book title, appearance time, date, venue name and address, admission cost (if any) and a contact phone number to email@example.com, with “Book Talk” in the subject line. Deadline is 14 days before publication.