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  1. Review: Edith Pearlman gets deserved attention with 'Honeydew' collection

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    Edith Pearlman is having a moment.

  2. Notable: First-time novelists off to a good start

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    Off to a good start

    These three debut thrillers are getting their authors a lot of attention.

  3. What's Graham Nash reading?

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    Graham Nash

    On Jan. 12, an hour before his solo performance at the Capitol Theater, we were lucky enough to bump into Nash, 72, on Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater. Although a light rain was falling, and it was quick, the legendary singer-songwriter and two-time Rock and Roll …

    Graham Nash recently performed at the Capitol Theater in Clearwater.
  4. Events: Tess Gerritsen to sign latest Rizzoli and Isles thriller

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    Book Talk

    Tess Gerritsen (Die Again), author of the bestselling Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles series (basis of the TNT television series Rizzoli & Isles), will discuss and sign her book at 2 p.m. today at the Firehouse Cultural Center, First Avenue NE at Shell Point Road, …

  5. National Book Critics Circle names award finalists

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    NEW YORK — The National Book Critics Circle has announced that it will present its 2015 Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award to novelist and cultural critic Toni Morrison.

    Novelist and cultural critic Toni Morrison has been internationally recognized for her fiction — she has received the Nobel, the Pulitzer and a long list of other prizes.
  6. After boy retracts story, 'The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven' pulled

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    NEW YORK — A best-selling account of a 6-year-old boy's journey to heaven and back has been pulled after the boy retracted his story.

    Beth Malarkey, left, covers up her son, Alex, right, with a blanket after surgery in 2009 as Alex's father, Kevin, watches at University Hospital's Case Western Reserve Medical Center in Cleveland. Alex Malarkey was in a 2004 car crash left him paralyzed below the neck and was receiving an artificial breathing device. [Associated Press]
  7. Review: It's love and bullets for Serge Storms in 'Shark Skin Suite'

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    Serge Storms in love?

    Fans of Tim Dorsey's series about avid Florida history buff and ingenious serial killer Serge have seen him in lust plenty of times, but his romantic attachments, like his attention span, tend to be short.

  8. Review: 'How to Be Both' offers two stories with playful cleverness

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    Ali Smith is a playful writer, but her sense of fun thrives in unlikely places. It's evident in the language of the terrible death of the young chambermaid in a dumbwaiter in Hotel World ("Woooooooo-hooooooo what a fall what a soar what a plummet what a dash into dark into light what a plunge what a glide thud …

    One narrator in How to Be Both is a fictional version of 15th century Italian artist Francesco del Cossa, creator of Triumph of Apollo and Sign of Gemini. The fresco becomes a bridge between two characters in different times.
  9. What's Jacquelyn Mitchard reading?

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    Jacquelyn Mitchard

    Mitchard is visiting St. Petersburg this week as one of the instructors for the 2015 Writers in Paradise, Eckerd College's annual writing conference. She is the author of The Deep End of the Ocean, which became a movie with Michelle Pfeiffer and was the …

    Jacquelyn Mitchard, in St. Petersburg this week for the Writers in Paradise conference at Eckerd College, is author of The Deep End of the Ocean.
  10. Notable: Memoirs about making new lives

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    Making new lives

    Three new memoirs recount how their authors overcame mental and emotional obstacles.