For many of the authors appearing at the Times Festival of Reading, books are a means to chronicle injustice - and perhaps help to make a change.
In fiction and nonfiction, poetry and books for young readers, writers employ their literary art to examine such issues as racism, misogyny and environmental degradation. Telling a story can shine a light in darkness, opening the eyes, minds and hearts of readers. Words can move us to actions, small and large. The 26th annual festival is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday on the campus of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, 140 Seventh Ave. S. Admission is free; books for sale on site. Find a full schedule at festivalofreading.com.
. Civil rights historian Raymond Arsenault chronicles the life of a sports icon and activist.
. In his eighth Quinn Colson novel, Ace Atkins amps up the action in a little Mississippi town.
. Sorboni Banerjee, Andre Frattino, Lauren Gibaldi and Fred Koehler will keep young readers turning the pages.
. Families face crises in debut novels by C. Morgan Babst and Melanie Hobson.
. Short story collections by two Florida writers reveal different perspectives on the everyday.
. Christian Blauvelt brings life lessons from Star Wars.
. Karen Brown's novel is a chilling literary ghost story.
. Robert Olen Butler's historical spy thriller takes readers to Paris during World War I.
. Writing coach Roy Peter Clark returns to the festival.
. Tom Clavin co-authors a lively, revealing account of our first president's military career.
. Jack E. Davis' book has won accolades that include the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for history.
. The festival is proud to present poets Erica Dawson, Tyler Gillespie, Peter Meinke and Enid Shomer.
. Bill DeYoung recounts the life of a music legend with Florida roots.
. Kristen Hare presents a book about being a tourist close to home.
. Jean Heller and Cheryl Hollon bring back their series sleuths.
. Jeffery Hess and Danny Lopez find rich sources for crime fiction in Florida.
. Ladee Hubbard writes about a most unusual road trip in her debut novel.
. Tayari Jones wrote a novel about a life-changing event and found her own life changed.
. Gilbert King recounts a tragic true story of injustice in Florida.
. Steve Kistulentz's debut novel is a story of family, politics and a plane crash.
. More Real Florida from Jeff Klinkenberg - this time it's personal.
. Michael Koryta's latest thriller is a dark, satisfying puzzle.
. Florida plays a lead role in Eleanor Kriseman's first novel.
. Hugh LaFollette takes a complex look at an oversimplified issue.
. Bet on Gale Massey's psychological thriller for a winning read.
. Joyce Maynard tells the story of her own heartbreaking romance.
. Step back and let Ben Montgomery tell you the story of a record-breaking stunt.
. G. Neri's latest is a graphic biography of a woman and the horse she risked everything for.
. David Pedreiera's murder mystery is out of this world.
. Deborah Plant helped bring a previously unpublished book by Zora Neale Hurston to print.
. Steph Post lights up rural Florida in a noir thriller.
. Lori Roy finds dark material for a crime novel in Florida history.
. B.A. Shapiro draws fictional portraits of Matisse, Stein and more.
. Adolescence is a battleground in David Small's graphic novel.
. Gary Shteyngart turns a satirical eye on America with novel about hedge fund manager on a Greyhound road trip.
. Get swept up in James Swain's fast-paced tale of a teen stalked by serial killers.
. A young widow questions her safety and sanity in Lisa Unger's latest.
. Rick Wilber writes tales of World War II, with a twist.