The 20th Annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading returns to USF St. Petersburg Oct. 20 with another strong slate of authors discussing and signing their books.
This is the eighth year in a row USFSP has hosted the free festival, one of the biggest public events of the year for our waterfront campus. It is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Complimentary parking is available at the USFSP parking garage.
The festival includes book sales and signings and an outdoor food court. The University Student Center ballroom is a new venue for this year’s festival. The USC’s dining facility, The Reef, will be open as usual for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The lineup of authors includes:
- Eliot Schrefer, a former Clearwater resident and finalist for the 2012 National Book Award for young people’s literature for his recent novel, Endangered.
- Best-selling author Dennis Lehane, whose new novel Live By Nightis set in Prohibition-era Ybor City.
- Time magazine writer Michael Grunwald, author of The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era, who spoke at USF St. Petersburg during the Republican National Convention.
- Best-selling mystery author Michael Connelly, who will be part of a panel discussion on Homegrown in Florida: An Anthology, by William McKeen.
- Rhoda Janzen, author of the New York Times No. 1 bestselling memoir, Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, who has a new book about dealing with breast cancer, Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?
- Alafair Burke, professor of Law at Hofstra Law School and the author of a series of crime novels, including most recently Never Tell.
- Michael Koryta, a St. Petersburg resident and New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including the recent The Prophet.