OE Programming


To further community engagement, we host an array of literary and cultural events, including monthly book clubs for children and adults, an annual book fair and an annual holiday gift bazaar.

Inspired by London’s Gresham College — an institution providing free public lectures since 1597 — our mission is to foster the advancement of culture and knowledge. OE Programming events seek to entertain our sense of curiosity, inspire new areas of interest, and ultimately contribute to Tampa’s emergence as a cultural destination.

Past Authors & Speakers

Scott Kelly  Astronaut & Naval Pilot
George Saunders  Award-Winning Author
Daymond John  Entrepreneur & Television Host
Siddhartha Mukherjee  Physician & Oncologist
Lauren Groff  National Book Award Finalist
Paula Hawkins  Best-selling Author
Omar El Akkad  Political Journalist
Mike McIntyre  UC Boulder Football Coach
India Hicks  Entrepreneur & Lifestyle Guru
Stephanie Danler  Best-selling Author 
Jeff Speck  Innovative Urban Designer & Speaker
Michael Connelly  Best-selling Mystery Writer
Brian Kilmeade  Author & National News Anchor
Fred Koehler  Local Children’s Book Illustrator

Nathan Hill  Best-selling Author
Amor Towles  Award-Winning Author
Courtney Carver  Minimalist Lifestyle Coach
Anton Discalfani  Best-selling Author
Jeni Britton Bauer  Creator of Jeni's Ice Creams
Daniel Pink  Researcher & Best-selling Author 
Taylor Jenkins Reid  Best-selling Author
Georgette Moger Petraske  Designer & Mixologist
Edan Lepucki  Best-selling Author
Roy Peter Clark  Writing Coach & Professor
Jack Davis  Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author
Jeff VanderMeer  Best-selling Author
Vicki Huddleston  U.S. Ambassador
Jill Santopolo Best-selling Author

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Publishers & Publicists

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