East Lake Community Library’s Author Showcase features author Lynn Combes Tuesday, July 15, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. She’ll discuss and sign copies of her book, A Garden Full of Butterflies. Combes’ first daughter died at the age of 5, which inspired her to write the novel to help others deal with their grief. A Garden Full of Butterflies focuses on the relationship between 10-year-old Marissa, who mother has died, and her neighbor Mrs. Chancey, who has also lost loved ones and takes the girl under wing. The two bond while tending to a flower garden that attracts butterflies.
Wordier Than Thou hosts its next storytelling and prose open mic Tuesday, July 15 at the Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Pete. Come share your finest prose, or if you’re just in the mood for listening, catch some tales from our area’s talented wordsmiths. The featured reader is Tampa Bay Times writer Jeff Klinkenberg. He’ll be followed by 10-minute long open mic slots. Suggested $5 donation at the door and refreshments available for donation. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Readings begin at 7 p.m.
Author Andrea Brunais stops by Inkwood Books Tuesday, July 15, 7 p.m., with her new book, Mercedes Wore Black. Brunais uses Florida politics and the 2014 election as a backdrop for this fast-paced murder mystery.
Catch Tim Dorsey, the former Tampa Tribune journalist turned novelist, at the Ruskin Library Wednesday, July 16, 2 p.m. He’ll discuss his 15 zany, Florida-based mystery novels, answer questions and sign copies of his books.
Calling all bards! Seminole Community Library at St. Petersburg College hosts Pause for Poetry Wednesday, July 16, 7 p.m. Enjoy a supportive atmosphere where lovers of poetry share their works and/or read favorite selections aloud.
Share your poetry, stories and songs at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church’s bi-monthly Poetry & Open Mic Night, Wednesday, July 16. 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.
After many requests, Inkwood Books is launching its Book Club Thursday, July 17, 7 p.m. Moderated by local book editor Lorin Oberweger, the club will discuss Dave Eggers’ new novel The Circle at its first meeting.
Got a rant or a story or a poem? Pick up the mic and show off your stuff at Oral Fixation’s LGBTQ monthly open mic on Thursday, July 17 at Ybor City’s R Bar, 1820 North 15th St., Tampa. Doors open at 9 p.m. Performers of all types are welcome and encouraged to share their art.
Anya Kassoff, veggie chef and author of The Vibrant Table, will visit the St. Petersburg Main Library for its next Author Talk, Saturday, July 19, 2 p.m. She’ll discuss her new book and field questions from the audience.