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 oxfordexchange.com/pages/calendar. Copies of the book will be available for sale.
Bestselling fantasy author Christopher Paolini will discuss and sign his new novel, “Fractal Noise,” at 6:30 p.m. May 23 at the Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Tickets $28.99, which includes a copy of the book, at oxfordexchange.com/pages/calendar.
Marcia E. Herman-Giddens will be in conversation with Charles Drew (”Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History, and the Slave Trade”) about her debut memoir, “Unloose My Heart: Reckoning With the Twisted Roots of My Southern Family Tree,” at 7 p.m. May 23 at Tombolo Books, 2153 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free; books available for sale. RSVP at tombolobooks.com/events.
Journalist and former St. Petersburg Times staffer Patti McCracken will discuss and sign her debut nonfiction book, “The Angel Makers: Arsenic, a Midwife and Modern History’s Most Astonishing Murder Ring,” at 5:30 p.m. May 24 at Countryside Library, 2642 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater. Free.
Author Melissa Coss Aquino will discuss and sign her debut novel, “Carmen and Grace,” at 6:30 p.m. May 24 at the Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Tickets $32, which includes a copy of the book, at oxfordexchange.com/pages/calendar.
Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany will discuss and sign her new book, “Serenity in the Storm: Living Through Chaos by Leaning on Christ,” at 6:30 p.m. May 25 at the Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Tickets $28, which includes a copy of the book, at oxfordexchange.com/pages/calendar.
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