Tampa Bay's weekly literary happenings

  • New York Times bestseling author Randy Wayne White is at Inkwood Books Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Elizabeth Phillips Goehringer, an accomplished photographer, graphic artist, poet and author, will speak at the next East Lake Community Library Author Showcase Tuesday, Aug. 19, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Her latest book, Fuel for the Fire: A Photographer Looks at the Psalms, is the first in her Fire Trilogy, which portrays life in a world increasingly ordered by a global government as the planet convulses with earthquakes, disease, corruption and war hurtling ever closer to what appears to be the end of the age. She’s currently working on Blood and Fire, the sequel to Fuel for the Fire.

Wordier Than Thou hosts its next storytelling and prose open mic Tuesday, Aug. 19 at the [email protected], 620 First Ave. S., St. Pete. Come share your finest prose, or if you’re just in the mood for listening, catch some tales from our area’s talented wordsmiths. The featured readers are Julie Armstrong and Thomas Hallock from USF-St. Pete. They'll be followed by 10-minute long open mic slots. Suggested $5 donation at the door and refreshments available for donation. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Readings begin at 7 p.m.

Inkwood Books' favorite New York Times bestselling author Randy Wayne White is back Wednesday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m. This time he’s discussing and signing copies of Haunted, the third installment in his Hannah Smith series.

Calling all bards! Seminole Community Library at St. Petersburg College hosts Pause for Poetry Wednesday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m. Enjoy a supportive atmosphere where lovers of poetry share their works and/or read favorite selections aloud.

Write your non-fiction book in just four weeks and become an expert in your industry. Richter Publishing presents a workshop on how to secret to writing a book in a month on Thursday, Aug. 21, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Memorial Civic Center in Tampa. The workshop will cover keep track of writing goals, how to write an outline, how to promote and market your book, how to come up with a compelling title and more. Cost is $35 per person and pre-registration is required.

Got a rant or a story or a poem? Pick up the mic and show off your stuff at Oral Fixation’s LGBTQ monthly open mic on Thursday, Aug. 21 at Ybor City’s R Bar, 1820 North 15th St., Tampa. Doors open at 9 p.m. Performers of all types are welcome and encouraged to share their art. It’s also the novel release party for Oral Fixation organizer Sheree Greer, whose book Let the Lover Be came out Tuesday, Aug. 19. Additionally, it’s the kick-off for Greer’s Blood and Wine Tour with author Fiona Zedde.

Inkwood Books also hosts James Rollins for a book talk and signing on Thursday, Aug. 21, 7 p.m. He’s recently released The 6th Extinction, the tenth novel in his Sigma Force series.

Celebrate the book launch of Transform Your Life: Expert Advice, Practical Tools and Personal Stories Saturday, Aug. 23, 6:30 to 9 p.m., at First Unity Church, 460 46th Ave. N., St. Pete. This collaborative effort from Transformation Publishing offers more than 60 inspirational chapters on love, hope, strength and perseverance, living and thriving contributed by authors around the world. The gripping personal stories and powerful tools presented in the book are a mosaic of strength, hope and inspiration.

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