Tampa Bay's weekly literary happenings

  • Books and Brews will discuss Lord of the Flies on Wednesday, July 30.

The Clearwater Writers Meetup Group gathers at the home of its organizer in Belleair on Tuesday, July 29, 7 p.m. Discuss publishing trends, blogs and websites of interest to writers, and receive constructive criticism of your work.

Join Inkwood Books and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities for an evening of science and literacy Tuesday, July 29, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Meet two young women, Avalon Theisen and Dani Bowman, who founded projects that hep humanity, animals and/or the planet before they were 18. They were both featured in Kerryn Vaughn’s book Magnificent Kids. The first 30 teachers to register and be present on the day of the event will receive a free copy of the book as well as a copy of the award-winning CD Pacha’s Pajamas - Volume 1. Refreshments will be provided. Inkwood Books is located at 216 S. Armenia Ave., Tampa.

Books and Brews, Tampa FreeSkool’s monthly classic literature book club, will meet Wednesday, July 30, 7 p.m., at Tampa’s Coppertop, 5112 E. Fowler Ave. The group, led by instructor Emily Adkins, will focus on books that are generally considered part of American cultural knowledge and deserve a second look after being read in high school or college. This month’s book is Lord of the Flies.

Share your poetry, stories and songs at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church’s bi-monthly Poetry & Open Mic Night, Wednesday, July 30. The evening kicks off with a potluck at 6:30 p.m. So get there early to sign in and snack; readings and performances begin promptly at 7 p.m. The church is located at 3747 34th St. S, St. Pete. Call (727) 452-2369 for more information.

Felicitous Coffee & Tea House hosts its monthly outdoor open mic for poets, spoken word artists, artists and musicians Wednesday, July 30, 7 to 10 p.m. Sign-up begins at 7 p.m.; readings and performances begin at 7:30 p.m. The open mic will be moved indoors for inclement weather. Felicitous is located at 11706 N. 51st St., Tampa.

Safety Harbor Library gets down to the literary basics with its upcoming workshop So You Want to Be a Writer Thursday, July 31, 6 to 8 p.m. This two-hour workshop, led by Jan Golden, will focus on character, dialogue and emotion. Bring pen and paper for writing exercises and join in the fun.

Catch Tim Dorsey, the former Tampa Tribune journalist-turned-novelist, at the SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin Saturday, Aug. 2, 2 p.m. He’ll discuss his 15 zany, Florida-based mystery novels, answer questions and sign copies of his books.

R MonaLeza hosts Word is Bond at Galerie 909, 909 22nd St. S., St. Pete, on Sunday, Aug. 3, 6 to 8 p.m. Poetry, spoken word, comedy and all forms of written expression are welcome at this free, weekly open mic. This week’s event features Guianna, singer/songwriter/poet. Call Carla Bristol at (727) 565-3930 for more information.

Arts2Action Inc. and Sacred Grounds Coffee House in Tampa present its monthly Veterans Community Open Mic on Sunday, Aug. 3, 6:30-9 p.m. This creative space is open not only to veterans, but also to families, community supporters, caregivers and allies.

Calling all musicians, poets, storytellers and comedians! Inkwood Books' Sunday Nite Open Mic is back, Sunday, Aug. 3, 7 to 9:30 p.m, after a brief summer break. Join host/poet Diana Browning and sound guy Moe St. Evergreen for an exciting evening, as some of the best talent in Tampa Bay perform at this adults-only open mic. There’s a suggested donation of $5 for beer, wine or other beverages.

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