Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Books

Book events: John Cinchett to discuss ‘Historic Tampa Churches’

Book Talk

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 childrenís book, Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag. Sanders will read from his book and answer childrenís 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.

Events are free unless otherwise noted. To place an item in Book Talk, send authorís name, book title, appearance time, date, venue name and address, admission cost (if any) and a contact phone number to cbancroft@tampabay.com (with "Book Talk" in subject line) or Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Deadline is 14 days before publication.

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Poetry from Erica Dawson, Peter Meinke and other Festival of Reading authors

Poetry from Erica Dawson, Peter Meinke and other Festival of Reading authors

You can see the writers Nov. 17 at the Times Festival of Reading at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
Published: 11/09/18
Pulitzer Prize-winning 'The Gulf' an expansive history of an American sea

Pulitzer Prize-winning 'The Gulf' an expansive history of an American sea

Historian Jack E. Davis recounts thousands of years of natural and human history on the Gulf of Mexico. In this excerpt, he describes the devastating impact of 19th century plume hunting on Tampa Bay.
Published: 11/09/18
An excerpt from ‘Arthur Ashe: A Life’

An excerpt from ‘Arthur Ashe: A Life’

Raymond Arsenault spent nine years researching and writing the book.
Published: 11/09/18
Joyce Maynard’s memoir ‘The Best of Us’ chronicles love and death

Joyce Maynard’s memoir ‘The Best of Us’ chronicles love and death

The book is a moving account of how the bestselling author found love in her late 50s, then lost the man of her dreams to cancer.
Published: 11/09/18
Books for young readers from Banerjee, Frattino, Gibaldi and Koehler

Books for young readers from Banerjee, Frattino, Gibaldi and Koehler

Authors will discuss a YA novel about teens caught up in the drug trade, a graphic version of a beloved Florida story, a YA romance set in theater camp and a middle-grade adventure on an island of gar
Published: 11/09/18
In Gilbert King’s words: an excerpt from ‘Beneath a Ruthless Sun’

In Gilbert King’s words: an excerpt from ‘Beneath a Ruthless Sun’

The Pulitzer Prize winner’s second book centers on a true crime in Lake County.
Published: 11/09/18
Impressive short story collections from two Florida writers

Impressive short story collections from two Florida writers

Jon Chopan’s “Veterans Crisis Hotline” tells stories of soldiers trying to recover from war; Vanessa Blakeslee’s “Perfect Conditions” juxtaposes the surreal and the everyday.
Published: 11/09/18
Roy Peter Clark is reading and writing about writing

Roy Peter Clark is reading and writing about writing

The Poynter Institute writing coach and prolific author is also reading “Florida Soul,” about music in the Sunshine State.
Published: 11/09/18
'We Fed an Island' sinks its teeth into disaster relief in Puerto Rico

'We Fed an Island' sinks its teeth into disaster relief in Puerto Rico

Award-winning chef Jose Andes writes a bold memoir about feeding millions after Hurricane Maria, and about the federal government's failure to help its citizens.
Published: 11/08/18
Jean Heller and Cheryl Hollon bring back engaging mystery series

Jean Heller and Cheryl Hollon bring back engaging mystery series

Heller’s newspaper columnist, Deuce Mora, chases a serial arsonist in Chicago; Hollon’s glass artist, Savannah Webb, is at sea instead of in St. Petersburg.
Published: 11/08/18