Upcoming Event: Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading

Next Saturday, October 25, is the 21st annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading.  The 10 am to 4 pm event will take place on the campus of USF – Saint Petersburg. If you can, I recommend you take the time and head down to the Festival.

The visiting authors list is jammed with exciting and interesting individuals from all walks of life. Some you might find interesting include:

Raymond Arsenault, a professor of Southern history at USF-St. Petersburg and editor and contributer to Dixie Redux: Essays in Honor of Southern History Sheldon Hackney. Arsenault also wrote the 2006 book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice.

Mark Billingham is one of the UK’s most popular crime writers. He has won the Sherlock Award for Best Detective. More information about him can be found at http://www.markbillingham.com.

Nancy J. Cavanaugh is a Floridian and has been both a school teacher and librarian. She has a second middle grade novel coming out this month called Always, Abigail.

Here is an author you might want really meet up close: Roy Peter Clark. Clark has taught writing at the Poytner Institute since 1979 to students ranging from young children to Pulitzer Prize winning authors. Clark’s recent work is titled: How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times.

Carlton Ward, Jr. is a conservation photographer from Tampa. His most recent work The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okeefenokee, 1,000 Miles in 160 Days documents a journey through our state’s natural landscapes. I also recently read that Ward  opened a gallery in Hyde Park Village, you can read all about it here.  The gallery’s opening reception is scheduled for Friday, November 15, 6 – 9 pm and the public is invited. In the meantime you can also view Ward’s photography from the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition just down the block at the Oxford Exchange but you’ll have to act fast since the exhibit will only be up until October 26.

Well, there are many many more authors to meet and greet next Saturday at the Festival of Reading, I couldn’t begin to tell you all about them. This link provides you with more bios and more information all about the Festival of Reading. So, consider getting ahead this week on you course work so that you can get out and head down to Saint Petersburg for the Festival of Reading on Saturday. Rumor is the weather is going to be GRAND!


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