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  1. Review: Francine Prose draws beautiful inspiration from history

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    The spark that becomes the source of a novel is often a mystery to readers, but it's not difficult to discover the inspiration for Francine Prose's new novel, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932. The inspiration for this roman a clef about the City of Light before and during World War II can be found …

  2. Nobel winner, literary giant Gabriel García Márquez dies

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    Gabriel García Márquez, an international literary giant who brought a tiny Colombian village to enchanting life for tens of millions of readers and won the Nobel Prize for literature, has died.

    Gabriel García Márquez, in an undated photo, was hospitalized recently for infections. He was 87.
  3. Notable: Books about Shakespeare

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    Notable: Bard books Shakespeare, as ever, inspires. Here are a few more new books, from fictional to frolicsome.

  4. What's Todd Snider reading?

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    Todd Snider

    Snider, 47, known in equal parts for his silly onstage banter and his Americana-style songs like Alright Guy and Beer Run, will visit Skipper's Smokehouse on Tuesday. He'll present "A Very Special Multimedia Evening With Todd Snider,'' which will include a …

  5. Events: Sunshine State winner Augusta Scattergood to sign novel

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    Book Talk

    Cousin Vinny (The Devil's Glove) will sign his novel at 6 p.m. April 24 at Barnes & Noble St. Petersburg, 2501 Tyrone Blvd. N; and at 2 p.m. April 26 at Barnes & Noble Brandon, 122 Brandon Town Center Drive.

  6. For poet Tess Gallagher, creativity grows from collaboration

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    For many writers, poetry is a solitary craft. But for acclaimed poet Tess Gallagher, creativity is often a matter of collaboration.

    Tess Gallagher, who was married to acclaimed writer Raymond Carver, has collaborated with poet Lawrence Matsuda and Irish painter and storyteller Josie Gray.
  7. Review: Shakespeare's 450th birthday marked with books of satire and science

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    Huzzah and happy birthday, William Shakespeare!

  8. Notable: Boston Marathon bombing, a year later

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    Terror and triumph

    As Tuesday marks the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, books tell the stories.

  9. Events: Jonathan Rottenberg to sign book on origins of depression

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    The University of South Florida English department presents award-winning poet Michael Hettich (The Measured Breathing) reading his work at 6 p.m. Monday in Cooper Hall Auditorium, Room 103, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa.

  10. Review: Updike biography reveals brilliant, complex, flawed man

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    Updike, the new biography of literary titan John Updike, really, really made me want to run over to my shelf full of his novels, short stories and criticism and start reading them all over again.

    John Updike at Harvard University. Updike joined the staff of the Harvard Lampoon as a freshman, a rare achievement, and excelled in his academic career.