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Book review: James Comey wants to explain himself

Book review: James Comey wants to explain himself

In 2016, as the director of the FBI, James Comey publicly dissected Hillary Clinton’s email server controversy. Later, we learned that Comey was keeping to himself the beginnings of an investigation into Russia’s active interference in the U.S. elect...
Updated: 2 months ago
Florida historian Jack E. Davis wins Pulitzer Prize for ‘The Gulf’’

Florida historian Jack E. Davis wins Pulitzer Prize for ‘The Gulf’’

Florida got a shoutout from the Pulitzer Prizes on Monday: The 2018 literary prize for history was awarded to University of Florida professor Jack E. Davis for his book The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea.Davis, who grew up in Pinellas County and...
Updated: 2 months ago
Review: In ‘God Save Texas,’ Lawrence Wright finds the state of the nation’s future

Review: In ‘God Save Texas,’ Lawrence Wright finds the state of the nation’s future

Lawrence Wright has taken on plenty of complex and controversial topics.The New Yorker staff writer and author of nine previous books won a Pulitzer Prize for The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 and was a finalist for the National Book A...
Updated: 2 months ago
Review: Adaptation is the key to Aminatta Forna’s ‘Happiness’

Review: Adaptation is the key to Aminatta Forna’s ‘Happiness’

Wildness is always with us, whether we know it or not, whether we want it or not.In Aminatta Forna’s splendid new novel Happiness, the tension between wildness — animal and human — and control is a central issue for the two main characters.Attila Asa...
Updated: 2 months ago
Amazon’s ‘Bosch’ Season 4 taps into the headlines for tension

Amazon’s ‘Bosch’ Season 4 taps into the headlines for tension

In the new season of Bosch, Amazon’s bingeworthy series based on Michael Connelly’s crime novels, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch’s daughter asks him, "Were you here for the riots?" Maddie is talking about the 1992 Los Angeles riots, six days of mayhem to...
Updated: 3 months ago
Review: Hiaasen’s ‘Assume the Worst’ the graduation speech everyone needs to hear

Review: Hiaasen’s ‘Assume the Worst’ the graduation speech everyone needs to hear

Remember the big speech at your high school graduation?Yeah, me neither. But if it had been the speech in Carl Hiaasen’s new book, Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech You’ll Never Hear, it would have made an impression.Hiaasen couldn’t have given...
Updated: 3 months ago
Review: How women work is Meg Wolitzer’s subject in ‘The Female Persuasion’

Review: How women work is Meg Wolitzer’s subject in ‘The Female Persuasion’

It isn’t always pretty when idealism collides with the real world.Passionate belief in a cause can shape a person’s life — but not always in the direction she expects. Inspiration and disappointment are two sides of one coin, and betrayal can come fr...
Updated: 3 months ago
2018 SunLit Festival celebrates books around St. Petersburg throughout April

2018 SunLit Festival celebrates books around St. Petersburg throughout April

From a party for dogs to a celebration of the color pink, from poems inspired by the Day of the Dead to the Buddhism of Jack Kerouac, the fourth annual SunLit Festival has something literary for just about everyone.The festival was created by Keep St...
Updated: 3 months ago
Poet Patricia Smith’s readings smolder with the fire this time

Poet Patricia Smith’s readings smolder with the fire this time

The page and the performance, the personal and the political all merge in the crucible of Patricia Smith’s poetry.Earlier this month, Smith gave a mesmerizing, moving reading at the University of Tampa from her latest collection of poems, Incendiary ...
Updated: 3 months ago