Page Turners: Tampa Bay's literary happenings

Author signings abound in the Tampa Bay area

Join Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, as she discusses her new novel Ashley’s War Monday, May 18, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Port Tampa City Library.This unique work offers the first (and only) intimate and inside look at the first-ever all-female, all-Army team to serve on the battlefield in Afghanistan alongside Special Operations Forces – all while women remained officially ‘banned’ from ground combat.

Karen Rowe, published author and founder of the full-service writing firm Front Rowe Seat, offers a presentation entitled “So You Want to Write a Book?” Tuesday, May 19, 6 p.m., at the Tampa Club. Tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the door.

Wordier Than Thou's storytelling and prose open mics are in St. Petersburg and Sarasota this week. On Tuesday, May 19, 7 p.m., the group will be at The [email protected]. David Edmonds, author of Lily of Peru, and Carol Perry, author of the Witch City Mysteries series, are the featured readers. Then the group heads to the Fogartville Community Center in Sarasota on Thursday, May 21, 7 p.m. Authors Darlyn Finch Kuhn, M.C. Coolidge, and Michael D'Angelo are the evening's features. Cost is $5 at the door.

East Lake Community Library’s monthly Author Showcase features Diane Capri Tuesday, May 19, 6 to 7:50 p.m. The New York Times-bestselling author of 12 books recently release Hit the Road Jack, the latest in her Jack Reacher series.

Meet New York Times-bestselling author Ace Atkins Friday, May 22, 7 p.m., at Inkwood Books. He’ll sign copies of his newest P.I. Spenser novel. Inkwood recommends purchasing the book ahead of time as a large crowd is expected.

Christian author Gerald C. Anderson celebrates the release of his third novel, Standing Firm, Saturday, May 23, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Creative Loafing space in Ybor City.

Shane Hinton, whose debut story collection, Pinkies, is being released by Burrow Press, and Jeff Parker, author of Where Bears Roam the Streets and former director of the University of Tampa's low-residency MFA creative writing program, will read and sign their books Friday, May 29, 7 p.m., at Wilson's Book World.

William Valentine will sign his new novel, Costa Rican Reprise, the sequel to his bestselling Salt Creek Justice, Sunday, May 31, 2 p.m., at Haslam’s Book Store.

The Clearwater Library Foundation presents “Every Life Is a Story: A Writing Workshop,” an eight-week memoir-writing workshop, Mondays,10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., June 1 through July 20, at the Clearwater Main Library. This class is open to writers of all levels.

Registration is underway for an adult spelling bee to benefit The Literacy Council of St. Petersburg. The bee will take place Wednesday, June 10, at the [email protected] Teams of two to four adults will compete to determine the best spellers in the area. The winning team will receive a trophy and prizes. The Stand-up Librarian Meredith Myers will host. Find more information about registering here.