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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama read
to second-graders at a charter school in Washington.Associated Press

Bancroft: Book lover Obama has been an inspirational reader in chief

If you love books, for the last eight years you've had a friend in the White House. President Barack Obama is an avid and sophisticated reader (and accomplished writer) who has put his deep appreciation for books and literature front and center throughout his two terms in the White House. Poets read at both his ina …

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  1. Edna Buchanan receives Florida Humanities Council's lifetime achievement award for writing

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    "I thought everyone forgot about me," Edna Buchanan says. "I was on Facebook and I stumbled across these people debating whether I was dead or alive."

    Mystery writer Edna Buchanan won a Pulitzer Prize in 1986 as a reporter at the Miami Herald and has gone on to write 15 bestselling mystery novels.
  2. Review: Local author Steph Post takes readers on a twisted ride in 'Lightwood'

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    If the Florida town of Silas actually existed, you'd want to stay the hell away from it.

  3. What's Georgia Hunter reading?

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    Nightstand

    Georgia Hunter

    She was a teenager when she learned she came from a family of Holocaust survivors. Ever since, Hunter, 38, has felt a desire to both explore and share her family's history. After years of compiling memories from relatives and traveling thousands of miles, to France, …

    Georgia Hunter, who comes from a family of Holocaust survivors, has written “We Were the Lucky Ones,” a historical novel based on her family’s experiences.
  4. Notable: Out of the past

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    Notable

    Out of the past

    Fans of historical fiction will want to check out these three new novels.

  5. Events: Four Seasons Authors Series presents Craig Pittman

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    Book Talk

    The Friends of the Library of Tampa-Hillsborough County's Four Seasons Author Series luncheon presents Tampa Bay Times environmental writer Craig Pittman (Oh, Florida! How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country) in conversation with Times book …

  6. National Book Critics Circle announces awards finalists

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    NEW YORK — The board of the National Book Critics Circle has chosen the 30 finalists for its awards for books published in 2016.

    Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale) will get a lifetime achievement award.
  7. Review: Tim Dorsey's 'Clownfish Blues' pays dues to Florida-filmed 'Route 66'

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    Serge Storms would appreciate it if we would stop referring to him as a serial killer.

  8. Book sales soar for Rep. John Lewis after Trump exchange

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    Donald Trump might admittedly not be an avid reader, but he's certainly boosted book sales for one author: U.S. Rep. John Lewis.

    Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington at the confirmation hearing for Attorney General-designate, Sen. Jeff Sessions. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
  9. Bancroft: Book lover Obama has been an inspirational reader in chief

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    If you love books, for the last eight years you've had a friend in the White House.

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama read
to second-graders at a charter school in Washington.
  10. Events: Poets, professors to speak at Writers Resist

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    Book Talk

    More than 20 Tampa Bay area writers, professors, musicians and others will appear at Writers Resist, a call for human rights and reinauguration of shared commitment to democracy and free speech taking place in cities across the United States. Florida poet laureate Peter Meinke, …