Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tampa Bay's weekly literary happenings

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Author Carol J. Perry will read from and discuss her Witch City Mysteries at Gulf Beaches Library, Saturday, Sept. 6.
  • Author Carol J. Perry will read from and discuss her Witch City Mysteries at Gulf Beaches Library, Saturday, Sept. 6.

The Palm Harbor School of the Novel hosts its monthly meet-up at Organic Life Café, 35362 U.S. 19 N., Tuesday, Sept. 2, 6:30 p.m. Bring up to three pages for other members to read and critique.

Get inspired and get writing! Join the Tampa Writers Alliance at the Carrollwood Cultural Center Wednesday, Sept. 3, 7 to 9 p.m., for author Afsaneh Noori’s discussion on life-inspired writing and brand building as a book marketing strategy. Her approach to change will also suggest ideas for your stories, since change and how your characters respond to it are the most essential elements of plot.

Wordier Than Thou brings its Storytelling and Prose Open Mic to Tampa's Florida Avenue Brewing Company Thursday, Sept. 4. Come share your finest prose, or if you’re just in the mood for listening, catch some tales from our area’s talented wordsmiths. This month’s featured readers are author and professor Karen Brown, and poet, actress and former MTV online correspondent Venus Jones. Suggested $5 donation at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Readings begin at 7 p.m.

Alina Garcia-Lapuerta discusses and signs her new biography, La Belle Creole: The Cuban Countess Who Captivated Havana, Madrid and Paris, Thursday, Sept. 4, 7 p.m., at Inkwood Books in Tampa.

Café Hey’s three-time Best-of-the-Bay winning weekly Open Mic takes place Thursday, Sept. 4, 6:45 p.m.

Carol J. Perry, primarily a young adult author, has turned to writing mysteries and will discuss her new series in the genre, Witch City Mysteries, at the Gulf Beaches Library, Saturday, Sept. 6, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Set in Salem, Massachusetts, the series’ first novel, Caught Dead Handed, follows a down-and-out reporter who takes a job as a psychic only to learn that her predecessor might have been murdered.

Catch Tim Dorsey, the former Tampa Tribune journalist turned novelist, at the Rocky Bluff Branch Library in Ellenton, Saturday, Sept. 6, 11:30 a.m., and later that day at the South Manatee Branch Library in Bradenton at 2 p.m. He’ll discuss his 15 zany, Florida-based mystery novels, answer questions and sign copies of his books.

St. Pete’s Wilson’s Book World presents Word Out, an exhibition of local writers, on Saturday, Sept. 6, 4 p.m. In addition to writers Jon Chopan, Erica Dawson, Andrew Harlan, Christina Lutz, Aaron Styza and Scott Ward reading their work, there will also be beer and music.

Arts2Action Inc. and Sacred Grounds Coffee House in Tampa present its monthly Veterans Community Open Mic on Sunday, Sept. 7, 6:30-9 p.m. This creative space is open not only to veterans, but also to families, community supporters, caregivers and allies.

Calling all musicians, poets, storytellers and comedians! Inkwood Books' monthly Sunday Nite Open Mic meets Sunday, Aug. 3, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Join host/poet Diana Browning and sound guy Moe St. Evergreen for an exciting evening, as some of the best talent in Tampa Bay perform at this adults-only open mic. There’s a suggested donation of $5 for beer, wine or other beverages.

Author Amy Christine Parker celebrates the release of Astray, the sequel to her first book, Gated, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2 to 4 p.m. Inspired by a bowling alley scene in the book, the release party will be held at Splitsville in Tampa. Copies of both books will be provided on site by Inkwood Books and can be pre-ordered here.

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