Registration is open for Wordier Than Thou's first Tampa Bay Publishing Conference on Oct. 7 in St. Petersburg. The conference includes classes, talks and vendors, and readings and signings by local authors including Karen Brown (The Clairvoyants) and Lee Irby (Unreliable). Registration is $60 before Friday, more after that date. Information and registration at wordierthanthou.com.
Applications are available at tampabay.com/expos/festival-of-reading for vendors and volunteers for the 2017 Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading, which will take place Nov. 11 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Author applications are now closed.
Events are free unless otherwise noted. To place an item in Book Talk, send author's name, book title, appearance time, date, venue name and address, admission cost (if any) and a contact phone number to email@example.com (with "Book Talk" in subject line) or Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Deadline is 14 days before publication.