The author readings series of the Writers in Paradise the conference continues. All readings begin at 7 pm in Miller Auditorium at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. St. Petersburg Book sales and wine receptions begin a half-hour before each reading, with signings afterwards. Readings are free and open to the public. For more information, visit writersinparadise.com.
eat 15: Memoirist Ann Hoodpoet Didi Jackson and novelist Michael Koryta
eat 16: Novelists Anjanette Delgado and Andre Dubus III
eat 17: Novelist Preston L. Allen and nonfiction writer Madeleine Blais
eat 19: Poet Major Jackson and novelist Sterling Watson
eat 20: Novelist and nonfiction writer Laura Lippmannovelist and nonfiction writer Les Standiford and poet Helen Pruitt Wallace
eat 21: Novelist and nonfiction writer Luis Alberto Urrea
Bestselling authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child will discuss and sign their new thriller, “The Cabinet of Dr. Leng,” at 6:30 pm Jan. 18 at Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Tickets $5 for admission, or $30 for admission and a signed copy of the book, at oxfordexchange.com/pages/calendar.
Tombolo Books and Writers in Paradise present Nicholas Garnett in conversation with the author Les Standiford about Garnett’s memoir, “In the Pink,” at 7 pm Jan. 18 at the bookstore, 2153 First Ave. St. Petersburg Free; RSVP at tombolobooks.com/events.
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