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Book talk

By PIPER JONES CASTILLO
Published May 6, 2007



Appearances

Peter Meinke

The Contracted World, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Gulf Beaches Public Library, 200 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach.

Bud Mercer

Tripping the Light Fantastic, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Gulf Beaches Public Library, Madeira Beach.

John Sims Jeter

And the Angels Sang, 7 p.m. Thursday, Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa.

Joanne King

Answers, 7 p.m. Friday, Barnes and Noble Carrollwood, 11802 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa.

Scott M. Deitche

The Silent Don: The Criminal Underworld of Santo Trafficante Jr., 2 p.m. Saturday, Waldenbooks, 7819 Citrus Park Town Center Mall, Tampa.

Events

Several poets and fiction writers will read, as part of the USF Spotlight on Creative Writing Series, at 6 p.m. today at New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. Featured writers include John Fleming (The Legend of the Barefoot Mailman), Jay Hopler (Green Squall), Karen Brown (Pins and Needles), Marisa Iglesias, Anna Beskin, Sara Baugh, E.G. Cunningham, Daniel Purificato, Joseph Benson and David Moody.

Barbara J. Sorey will discuss her book, Know Where You Going? You Gotta Know Where You Been! at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. The book is based on the author's childhood in segregated Clearwater. Call (727) 587-6715.

Frank C. Strunk (Jordon's Wager, Jordon's Showdown and Throwback) will speak on "Learn to Think Like an Author" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N. For information, email DickBudin@juno.com.

An author's workshop with Dr. Gloria Houston (My Great Aunt Arizona, Mountain Valor and The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree) will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Heritage United Methodist Church, 2680 Landmark Drive, Countryside. The program, "Family Histories: Preserving Your Family's Legacy, " benefits United Methodist Cooperative Ministries' literacy programs. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Call (727) 442-6881.

To place an item in Book Talk, send author's name and book title, appearance time and date, and venue name, phone number and address to Piper Jones Castillo, Book Talk, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731-1121.