Philip Beard (Swing) will discuss and sign his novel about baseball at 11 a.m. March 21 at Bookstore1Sarasota, 12 S Palm Ave., Sarasota.
University of Florida history professor Jack E. Davis (The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea) and Eckerd College history professor Lee Irby (Unreliable) will discuss their books at 6 p.m. March 22 at Harbor Hall, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, 1000 Third St. S.
Yaa Gyasi (Homecoming) will discuss and sign her award-winning debut novel at 7:30 p.m. March 22 at the Sam and Martha Gibbons Alumni Center, University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (This event was rescheduled from Feb. 9.)
The University of South Florida English department hosts the sixth annual Blank Pages creative writing symposium at 11 a.m. March 23 at the University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Alumni Melissa Carroll, Christine Lasek and Ryan Cheng will read from their work at 3 p.m. in Marshall Student Center 3708. Featured author Dinty W. Moore (Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: Advice and Confessions on Writing, Love, and Cannibals) will read at 6 p.m. in the Graphicstudio. For information, email professor Ira Sukrungruang at email@example.com.
Tampa Bay Times book editor Colette Bancroft will speak on "Authors I Have Known" at 7 p.m. March 23 at Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S, Gulfport.
The Four Seasons Author Series presents children's authors Shannon Hitchcock (Ruby Lee and Me) and Augusta Scattergood (Making Friends With Billy Wong) at noon March 24 at the University Club of Tampa, 1 Tampa City Center, Tampa. Tickets are $40 and include luncheon; for reservations, call (813) 273-3616 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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