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  1. What's Cynthia Weil reading?

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    Cynthia Weil

    If you've seen the 2013 Tony-award winning play Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, you'll recognize Cynthia Weil as King's friend and fellow songwriter. Weil and her husband, Barry Mann, have a friendship with King that dates to the early 1960s, during their time …

    Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil are a husband and wife songwriting team.
  2. Historian Gary Mormino receives lifetime achievement award

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    For Gary Mormino, winning the Florida Humanities Council's 2015 Florida Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing "came out of the blue sky."

    Author and historian Gary Mormino, pictured in his office in 2012, is the co-founder of the Florida studies program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the Frank E. Duckwall Florida professor of history emeritus. The St. Petersburg resident still teaches one class a year (on the history of food).
  3. Review: 'Strong Inside' a revealing look at racism in college sports

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    The score that night was Vanderbilt 90, Mississippi 72. Although the racist insults and threats of violence didn't appear in the next day's sports section, Perry Wallace, now an American University law professor, can't forget that 1968 basketball game in Oxford, Miss. It wasn't the first time he had withstood this kind …

    Perry Wallace, center, endured verbal abuse and worse from spectators as the first black basketball player for Vanderbilt and in the Southeastern Conference.
  4. Events: Tim Dorsey to sign 'Shark Skin Suite'

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    Tim Dorsey (Shark Skin Suite) will sign his comic crime novel at noon Feb. 1 at Book Bank, 13002 Seminole Blvd. No. 8 (Piccadilly Square), Largo; and at 2 p.m. today at Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580, Clearwater.

  5. Review: Foner's 'Gateway to Freedom' unveils Underground Railroad

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    From the 1830s until the onset of the Civil War in 1861, the Underground Railroad was the secret and complex system by which thousands of fugitive slaves made their way from the South to freedom in the Northern states and Canada. Although the Underground Railroad is mentioned throughout the historiography of the Civil …

  6. Notable: black history for young readers

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    Black history for young readers

    Three new books offer personal takes on black experiences in the 20th century.

  7. Review: 'Driving the King' explores civil rights movement circa 1955

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    Birmingham, Ala., November 1945: One of Alabama's favorite sons, rising music star Nat King Cole, returns for a rare hometown performance.

  8. What's Melissa Kite reading?

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    Melissa Kite

    We recently caught up with Kite, 43, a columnist for the British magazine the Spectator. Kite, who admits an obsession with comedy that ranges from 30 Rock and Curb Your Enthusiasm to her own country's Monty Python, recently released her memoir, …

    Melissa Kite is a columnist for the British magazine the “Spectator.” Kite recently released her memoir, “The Art of Not Having It All: True Stories of Men, Sex and Other Disasters.”
  9. Review: Edith Pearlman gets deserved attention with 'Honeydew' collection

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    Edith Pearlman is having a moment.

  10. 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.