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These major authors will sign books and speak in Tampa Bay this year

These major authors will sign books and speak in Tampa Bay this year

Big book events are coming our way in 2018 — even more of them than usual.The Tampa Bay area has long boasted a bounty of local events for book lovers, from author signings at bookstores to university-sponsored reading series and the Times Festival o...
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There will be no Z for mystery author Sue Grafton, who died at 77

There will be no Z for mystery author Sue Grafton, who died at 77

Sue Grafton almost made it to Z.Ms. Grafton, the author of the bestselling "alphabet" series of mysteries that began in 1982 with A Is for Alibi, died Thursday night at her home in Santa Barbara, Calif., of cancer. She was 77.Her 25 mystery novels ab...
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James Lee Burke talks about the return of ‘Robicheaux’

James Lee Burke talks about the return of ‘Robicheaux’

Do you miss Dave Robicheaux?Countless fans of crime fiction writer James Lee Burke know that name. Robicheaux is the conflicted, principled main character of 20 exceptional novels by Burke, an Edgar winner and Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of A...
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U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith headlines UT’s Lectores readings

U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith headlines UT’s Lectores readings

The University of Tampa’s Lectores reading series kicks off Jan. 4 with a big literary name: U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith. Lectores, named for the people who read aloud to workers in Tampa’s historic cigar factories, is presented by the universi...
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Our book critic’s favorite reads of 2017

Our book critic’s favorite reads of 2017

I make no pretense of picking the best of all the books published in 2017. With about a million new titles coming out each year, no one can possibly claim to know the best out of all of them.But here are my choices for the best books I read and wrote...
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Short story ‘Cat Person’ a viral sensation in the conversation about sex, consent

Short story ‘Cat Person’ a viral sensation in the conversation about sex, consent

Usually, bad sex in literature is unintentional; few things are more difficult to write about convincingly. But author Kristen Roupenian did it on purpose — and has seen her short story Cat Person go viral. Not only has the story become the se...
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Review: John Banville’s ‘Mrs. Osmond’ a splendid salute to Henry James

Review: John Banville’s ‘Mrs. Osmond’ a splendid salute to Henry James

Very few authors could write a novel that’s an homage to the great Raymond Chandler, a founding father of crime fiction, and do it in a pitch-perfect version of Chandler’s distinctive voice.If an author did do that, what are the odds that a few years...
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Ditch the Dickens and read these stories out loud on Christmas instead

Ditch the Dickens and read these stories out loud on Christmas instead

Reading aloud on Christmas Eve is a tradition for many families, with Clement Clarke Moore’s poem A Visit From St. Nicholas (a.k.a. ’Twas the Night Before Christmas), the opening chapter of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and Charles Dickens’ novell...
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Review: Kevin Young gives readers the truth about ‘Bunk’

Review: Kevin Young gives readers the truth about ‘Bunk’

We live in the age of the hoax.Believe me.And if you don’t believe me, believe Kevin Young, author of the sometimes disturbing but always fascinating new book Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News.In it, Yo...
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With Trump slashing national monuments, here are three books to read

With Trump slashing national monuments, here are three books to read

With President Donald Trump’s decision to slash the acreage of two national monuments in the news, here are three classic books about our system of national parks, monuments and other protected lands.Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness (Harp...
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