Bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry in St. Pete to sign new book

In Tampa, take tea with a descendant of Frances Hodgson-Burnett and authors of “The Secret Garden.”
Patti Callahan Henry's new novel is "The Secret Book of Flora Lea."
Patti Callahan Henry's new novel is "The Secret Book of Flora Lea." [ Buddy Johnson Photography ]
Published May 11, 2023

Bestselling author and Friends and Fiction co-host Patti Callahan Henry will do a drop-in signing of her new historical fiction novel, “The Secret Book of Flora Lea,” at 2:30 p.m. May 14 at Tombolo Books, 2153 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free.

The Oxford Exchange presents a tea buffet and talk with Ayana Christie and Jacqueline Bond, creators of “The Secret Garden Art Novel,” and Keri Wilt, author Frances Hodgson-Burnett’s great-great-granddaughter, at 3:30 p.m. May 21 at the bookstore, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Tickets $58, which includes tea and a buffet of sandwiches and desserts, at Copies of the book will be available for sale.

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