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  1. Belarusian Svetlana Alexievich wins Nobel for her literary journalism (w/video)


    Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich is the recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize for literature, for a body of work that the Swedish Academy described as "a monument to suffering and courage in our time." She is the first journalist to receive the award and the first nonfiction writer to be named in half a century.

    Svetlana Alexievich’s work was called, “a monument to suffering and courage in our time.”
  2. Svetlana Alexievich of Belarus wins Nobel literature prize


    STOCKHOLM — Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday for works that the prize judges called "a monument to suffering and courage."

    Belarusian journalist Svetlana Alexievich speaks in Minsk, Belarus. Alexievich won the Nobel Prize in literature Thursday for works that the prize judges called "a monument to suffering and courage." [Associated Press]
  3. Excerpts from 'Newswomen: Twenty-five Years of Front-Page Journalism'


    Newswomen: Twenty-five Years of Front-Page Journalism gathers stories by 17 award-winning female newspaper reporters.

  4. Review: Norris biography of McGrory a fitting bow to 'First Queen of Journalism'


    Mary McGrory: The First Queen of Journalism is a great two-for-one deal for readers: an engaging biography of its ground-breaking subject and an insider's tour of half a century of American politics and journalism.

    Journalist Mary McGrory chats with President Lyndon Johnson in the “little office” off the Oval Office in 1965.
  5. Review: Leonard Pitts Jr.'s 'Grant Park' a fast-paced political thriller


    Readers of Leonard Pitts Jr.'s nationally syndicated columns for the Miami Herald know that the Pulitzer Prize winner is a thoughtful, incisive commentator on race, politics, parenting and many other topics.

    Leonard Pitts Jr. wraps his novel around two historic events: the 1968 assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., who delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C., in 1963; and a 2008 victory speech by President Barack Obama.
  6. Tampa Jewish Book Festival celebrates 10 years with Judith Viorst, other authors


    The Tampa Jewish Book Festival celebrates its 10th year with a Festival of Conversations, an array of book events headlined by a luncheon with bestselling author Judith Viorst.

    Bestselling author Judith Viorst will headline a luncheon on Oct. 27. The festival kicks off on Oct. 18.
  7. What's Jesse Goolsby reading?



    Jesse Goolsby

    In Goolsby's novel, I'd Walk With My Friends if I Could Find Them, the reader meets Wintric, Dax and Torres, all soldiers in Afghanistan. It's less a story about the battlefield and more a story about life before, during and after, away from it. Goolsby, 37, is …

    Author and active duty Air Force officer Jesse Goolsby, who’s working on his Ph.D. in creative writing, will be a featured author at this year’s Times Festival of Reading.
  8. Events: Abduction survivor Elizabeth Smart to speak in Sarasota


    Book Talk

    The Cathedral Church of St. Peter's book talk series presents Bob Devin Jones, artistic director of Studio@620, discussing Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Americanah at noon Oct. 13 at the church, 140 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Free; lunch $5.

  9. Perspective: A history as right as 'Rain'


    Even though her fascinating book Rain: A Natural and Cultural History covers its subject in almost every way imaginable, from rain's role in the formation of our planet and of human civilization to its interplay with contemporary politics, Cynthia Barnett regrets the things she had to omit.

    Author Cynthia Barnett will be a featured author at the 23rd annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading on Oct. 24.
  10. Review: Grissom's 'Follies of God' captures Tennessee Williams


    The story of how James Grissom came to write Follies of God is almost as remarkable as the book itself.