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NaNoWriMo celebrations, a literary night hike, author signings and more!

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The Poets at USF will host their last open mic of the semester Thursday, Dec. 4, 9 p.m., in the school's Marshall Student Center.

Café Hey’s three-time Best Of The Bay-winning weekly Open Mic takes place Thursday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m.

Wordier Than Thou’s storytelling and prose open mic returns to Florida Avenue Brewing Company Thursday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. This month’s Tampa event will celebrate the end of NaNoWriMo – that stands for National Novel Writing Month, which took place in November. Featured readers are Cathy Salustri and Jon Kile, local NaNoWriMo group leaders. Cost is $5; no poetry or music.

Meet author Joy Sheffield Harris for a delicious cookbook chat about the culinary history of Florida at the Clearwater Barnes & Noble Friday, Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m. If you need holiday meal planning ideas or are curious about Florida's foods, come meet Joy and get a copy of her book, Culinary History of Florida: Prickly Pears, Datil Peppers and Key Limes, signed for a great holiday gift!

Best-selling author Steven James will speak
about writing at Bayside Community Church-God in Safety Harbor Saturday, Dec. 6, 9:30 a.m. to noon. His topic will be “Story Trumps Structure.” He published a book of the same name through Writer’s Digest. He’s also the author of nine novels, which have received wide critical acclaim from Publishers Weekly, New York Journal of Books, Booklist, Library Journal and more. RSVP for this event by emailing Marggie Rassler.

 Meet Ella Dayton-Yaeger, Dali Museum junior docent, artist, author and currently the 4th to 6th grade winner of the Gulfport Youth Writing Workshop Series and Contest (sponsored by Community Leveraged Learning). She’ll be at the Dali museum Saturday, Dec. 6, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Her award-winning book, The Spy, features Dali and the Museum, and was inspired by her time at the Dali Museum Summer Camp.

Celebrate the end of NaNoWriMo and surviving November’s writing challenge at the Palm Harbor Library Saturday, Dec. 6, 1 to 2 p.m. This is also a great chance to learn about your next steps now that you’ve completed your first draft.

In a presentation entitled “Keeping Resolutions: Writing,” Sandy Chase shares her experiences with writing, co-authoring and self-publishing at the Temple Terrace Public Library Saturday, Dec. 6, 2 to 3 p.m.

Take a literary night hike through Boyd Hill Nature Preserve Saturday, Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m. The hike will be led by Keep St. Pete Lit board member and Boyd Hill park ranger Andrea Andersen. It will be a full moon, so it will be a spectacular night to explore the preserve! Bring your favorite literary passage or poem to share with the group. Bring a wrapped book for a holiday party and book exchange following the hike, and a new or gently used children’s or young adult book to donate to The Christmas Toy Shop. Cost is $3 per adult and $1.50 per child. RSVP by calling (727) 893-7326.

Calling all poets, musicians, storytellers and comedians! Whatever your talent, head to the Sunday Nite Open Mic at Duckweed Urban Grocery Sunday, Dec. 7, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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