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  1. Dennis Lehane talks about 'The Drop,' his Florida ties

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    After years as a part-time Tampa Bay area resident, bestselling author Dennis Lehane has sold his St. Petersburg home and moved with his family to the Los Angeles area. But he still has ties, personal and professional, to Florida.

    Tom Hardy plays Bob in The Drop, the movie based on Dennis Lehane’s short story Animal Rescue. Lehane wrote the screenplay, then turned it into a novel.
  2. Notable: New mysteries featuring old favorites

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    Old friends, new mysteries

  3. Review: 'Eisenhower: A Life' a too-brief biography

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    See Ike?

    See Ike beat the Nazis?

    See Ike become president?

    See Ike build the interstate highway system?

  4. Times Festival of Reading to feature Hiaasen, Macomber, Mandvi, Stine

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    Whether it makes us laugh or cry, escape from our own life or feel smarter about the world we live in, a good book often makes us wish we could meet the person who wrote it.

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  5. Events: Hal Bodley to sign 'How Baseball Explains America'

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    Book Talk

    MLB.com senior correspondent Hal Bodley (How Baseball Explains America) will sign his book about the sport's history at 7 p.m. Monday (Sept. 15) at Salon Lofts, 1068 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg.

  6. Review: 'Poking a Dead Frog' cracks the comedy code

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    Comedy is having a moment. You can't really talk about the vaunted New Golden Platinum Age of Television without reference to Louis C.K., Amy Schumer or Amy Poehler. Political discourse takes cues from Jon Stewart and John Oliver. The Internet, which drives the world, is three-quarters comedy. (Figure approximate.) Tina …

  7. Notable: Future imperfect

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    Future imperfect

    Three new books look at fact and fiction about the world before us and how we got here.

  8. What's Lee Grant reading?

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    Lee Grant

    In her memoir, I Said Yes to Everything, Grant, 87, looks back at her life, her early years shaping her craft at the famed Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, her first marriage, which led to her being blacklisted from Hollywood for more than a decade, her second — …

    Lee Grant,87, reflects on a very full life in I Said Yes to Everything.
  9. What's Sarah Smiley reading?

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    Sarah Smiley

    Smiley, 37, is a syndicated columnist and author of three books, I'm Just Saying, Going Overboard and Dinner With the Smileys, which has just been released in paperback. In it, the author chronicles a yearlong project of inviting guests to join her and her …

    Sarah Smiley, 37, is a syndicated columnist and the author of three books, I’m Just Saying, Going Overboard and Dinner With the Smileys.
  10. Notable: splendid reading, in short form

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    Short subjects

    These new books offer splendid reading in short forms.