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Jan Kaminis Platt, 3910 S. Manhattan Ave., Tampa (813-272-6000). Join a book discussion of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, copies of which are available at the library. This largely autobiographical novel is based on the life of the well-known poet, and tells the story of a young woman's harrowing descent into madness. The discussion takes place at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26. Call for hours.

Science Library at MOSI, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa (813-987-6378). Well-known science-fiction author Ben Bova speaks to promote his new book, The Story of Light. Bova's book explains how light affects our everyday lives, from industry to art. The event takes place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. Call for hours.

Waldenbooks, located in Citrus Park Town Center, 7817 Citrus Park, Tampa (813-926-6330). Three authors are on hand from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. Sylvia Haemmerly, well known for her publishing seminars, signs copies of her new book, Unlocking the Secrets of Publishing: A Simplified Guide to Independent Publishing. R. Scott Leatherwood signs copies of his latest novel, Neverland: The Early Adventures of Peter Pan. And Reed Lengel signs copies of A Ballplayer's Choice, in which the main character, a Little League baseball player, must choose whether or not to compromise his integrity when his coach alters his birth certificate to make him eligible for the team.

Open Mic

Beaux Arts Gallery and Folk Coffeehouse, 2635 Central Ave., St. Pete (727-328-0702). Beaux Arts' open mic takes place from 8 to 11:30 p.m. every Saturday. Art films are shown at 8 p.m. Friday, and 2:30 and 8 p.m. Sunday. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. daily, extended from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A donation of $2 to $5 is suggested at the door, but coffee, tea and cake are free.

Brass Mug, 1441 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa (813-972-8152). The Mug offers an open jam night every Monday. Beginning at 9:30 p.m., the event allows musicians to take the stage and show off their chops. As extra incentive, all musicians can down 75-cent drafts throughout the evening. A full P.A., sound and drums are provided.

Computer Port Cafe, 432 Poinsettia Ave., Clearwater Beach (727-441-2667). This cafe offers Internet access in addition to exotic coffees, tea and an assortment of gourmet baked goods. Every Friday and Saturday night the venue plays host to an open mic from 7 to 11 p.m. for musicians, comedians, poets, etc. Hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays and until 3 a.m. on weekends.

Cool Tunes Coffee Bar, 2551 Drew St., Clearwater (727-799-3788). Open mic takes place every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Open mics are free. Local acts play Fridays, check Soundboard or call for schedule. Hours are 4 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Frankie & Johnny's, 10206 N. 30th St., Tampa (813-866-0340). An open jam, hosted by Mike, takes place every Wednesday from 9 p.m. until the last singer has sung.

Hollywood Java Coffee House & Bar, 2223 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa (813-348-1415). This new hangout is in Baystreet at the International Plaza. Hollywood Java features Open Mic Nite every Wednesday from 8 to 11 p.m., welcoming musicians, poets and comedians. Two mics, a P.A. and a guitar amp are provided. Sign-up begins at 7 p.m. Hours are 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Sunday.

Insomnia Coffee House Gallery, 32884 U.S. 19, Palm Harbor (727-789-3771). Words Awake!, a spoken word open mic, takes place at 8 p.m. every Thursday. Musicians, poets, comedians, magicians and anyone else can perform at the 9 p.m. open mic events every Tuesday, hosted by Big Rick (sign-up starts at 8 p.m.). Hours are 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and 5 p.m. to midnight Sunday and Monday.

James Joyce Irish Pub, 1704 1/2 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City (813-247-1896). An open mic for all musicians takes place from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. every Tuesday, hosted by Rebekah Pulley and Jerry Provost. The pub also offers a variety of live, acoustical music nightly. Call for hours.

Java Jane's, 2908 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport (727-328-2050). This coffee spot hosts live folk and acoustic music every Friday and Saturday, and holds an open mic from 7 to 10 p.m. every Wednesday. While you're there, check out the civilized graffiti on the walls. The public is invited to contribute to the collection of drawings and writings that are displayed. Hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 3-10 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

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