The History Press publishes all those lovely local sepia-tone/black-and-white-filled paperbacks that transport us to the bygone eras of familiar places. The latest locale to go back in their wayback machine is Davis Islands, downtown Tampa's breezy, beautiful suburb, which charms with its Main, Street, U.S.A. shops, dog park and the mysterious manse of a certain Yankee. In History of Davis Islands: David P. Davis and the Story of a Landmark Tampa Neighborhood , author Rodney Kite Powell tells the story of the founding magnate ,who became rich and famous during the 1920s Florida land boom and slipped into debt and died under mysterious circumstances while en route to Europe aboard a luxury liner. Meet the author and have him sign your purchased copy of the book on Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. at Tampa Bay History Center, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at Inkwood Books (Tampa, FL), Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Clearwater, Oct. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Oxford Exchange, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Henry B. Plant Museum and Nov. 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Brandon. Kite Powell is the Saunders Foundation curator of history at the Tampa Bay History Center, where he joined the staff in 1994. He has written extensively on the history of Tampa and Hillsborough County and is the editor of Tampa Bay History, a regional history journal published through a partnership between the History Center and the University of South Florida libraries’ Florida Studies Center.