John Cinchett (Historic Tampa Churches) will discuss and sign his book at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.
Teacher and author Rob Sanders reads from his new children’s book, Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag. Sanders will read from his book and answer children’s questions before a flag making craft and a mini-march through the library. Tuesday evening is for adults only. Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S, Gulfport. (727) 893-1074. 4-5 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. Tuesday.
Shellie Blum, the author of Waterski Girl Wonder: A Journey of Perseverance, talks about her experiences as a female freestyle water-ski ramp jumper and her return from a tragic accident that broke her neck. Free. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. (813) 269-1310. 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Applications are available at tampabay.com/expos/festival-of-reading for authors, vendors and volunteers for the 26th annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading on Nov. 17 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
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