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  1. For two who teach it, the best Florida literature recognizes the surreal


    Florida literature has a longer history than you may think.

    Spouses Tom Hallock, left, and Julie Buckner Armstrong teach literature at USF St. Petersburg.
  2. Fictional Florida: a look at 80-some writers with state roots, settings


    "Literary" is probably not the first adjective that comes to mind when you think of Florida.

    STEVE MADDEN | Times
  3. Review: Ace Atkins' 'Redeemers' finds Quinn Colson at a crossroads


    Early in The Redeemers, it sounds as if Ace Atkins' crime fiction series about Quinn Colson, sheriff of Tibbehah County, Miss., might be about to veer off in another direction. Colson, a former Army Ranger, is packing up his office and contemplating job hunting, maybe even returning to Afghanistan: "You …

  4. Review: 'Putinism' examines Russia's shifting absolutist


    For Christmas in 2013, President Vladimir Putin sent three books to every regional governor and other senior officials in Russia. One of them was Our Tasks by Ivan Ilyin, an early 20th century Russian philosopher who disdained Western-style democracy and argued for an authoritarian, though not …

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his ideology are the subject of Walter Laqueur’s “Putinism: Russia and Its Future With the West.”
  5. Notable: Portraits of the artists



    Portraits of the artists

    Fans of historical fiction featuring real-life artists and writers will enjoy these new novels.

  6. What's Barton Swaim reading?



    Barton Swaim

    In his witty — albeit dark — memoir, The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics, Swaim shares his work experiences as a communications staffer for a top U.S. politician. Although he never names him in the book, from 2007 to 2010 Swaim was the …

    Barton Swaim is author of The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics.
  7. Events: Laura White to discuss 'Lewis Carroll's Library'


    Book Talk

    Laura White (Alice and the Victorian Culture Wars), a professor at University of Nebraska/Lincoln, will speak on "Lewis Carroll's Library" at 9 a.m. Aug. 9 at Cathedral Church of St. Peter, 140 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Free; continental breakfast available.

  8. The twisted friendship of crime writer Ann Rule and serial killer Ted Bundy


    Few journalists are lucky enough to stumble into stories that grab the national consciousness for decades. And when they do, even fewer are lucky enough to know their subjects intimately enough before the news breaks to offer readers not just a scoop, but a kind of dual biography.

    Ted Bundy is photographed off a television screen during a taped last interview with Dr. James Dobson the evening before his execution Jan. 24, 1989 at Florida State Prison in Starke. Bundy, who was placed on the FBI's Most Wanted list, confessed to kidnapping and killing 23 women across the United States and died in the electric chair. [Associated Press (1989)]
  9. The two Atticuses: 'Mockingbird's hero radically reshaped from 'Watchman's racist version


    "I just don't like my world disturbed without some warning."

    Gregory Peck’s portrayal of Atticus Finch in the 1962 To Kill a Mockingbird movie helped cement the character as a hero.
  10. Review: 'Vendetta' chronicles Bobby Kennedy-Jimmy Hoffa feud


    From 1957 to 1964 Robert Francis Kennedy, first as lead counsel of the Senate Rackets Committee and then as Attorney General of the United States, relentlessly pursued the gruff, charismatic and thoroughly corrupt president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, James Riddle Hoffa. Through an endless series of …

    From 1957 to 1964, Robert Kennedy (left) aggressively investigated labor boss Jimmy Hoffa. As lead counsel of the Senate Rackets Committee and later as U.S. Attorney General, Kennedy was determined to convict Hoffa.