"I'm done with Tampa," Dennis Lehane says.
If you've read much about Tampa's history of organized crime, you know it's a pretty grim business. Dennis Lehane has given the city a fictional gangster with style, a guy who can rock evening clothes, whip out a line of fast patter in any situation and gracefully walk the tightrope between the worst kind of …
The characters in A Spool of Blue Thread look like the same Baltimore family members we've socialized with for 50 years in Anne Tyler's fiction. In fact, everything about her new novel — from its needlepointed title to its arthritic plot — sounds worn-out.
Spotte, a renowned marine biologist who has helped lead aquariums and research facilities from New York to the Bering Sea to the Amazon basin of Ecuador and Brazil, has a new memoir, My Watery Self, that, of course, highlights life underwater. However, it's …
The inaugural SunLit Festival, an eclectic celebration of St. Petersburg's literary scene, continues this week. All events are in St. Petersburg, and admission is free unless otherwise noted. Learn more at sunlitfestival.org.
Rites of spring
With spring training under way, here are three very different books about baseball.
What has "literary combat," live music, a Shakespeare play, a cookoff, a talk about reading to babies, a huge book fair, a pub crawl with "four dead writers, seven live ones," a birthday party for Jack Kerouac and more?
On a recent Tuesday evening in the Tap Room, the cozy restaurant in the Hollander Hotel in downtown St. Petersburg, a young boy watched a man pour a deck of cards between his hands like water, pluck from the deck eight different cards chosen by onlookers, and drop a tiny red ball into a silver cup — and pull out a …
Tampa is suddenly showing up in new novels, although those literary depictions might not be exactly what the tourist bureau would order.
Short form fantasy
Fans of fantasy and science fiction will welcome short story collections by three masters.