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  1. Carl Hiaasen unleashes Skink in new YA novel

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    Carl Hiaasen didn't realize when he began writing it that his new book, Skink: No Surrender, would be his first young adult novel. "It didn't start as even a conscious decision," he says. "I just had this idea about Skink: Why not unleash him in a kids' book?"

  2. Review: Janet Burroway's 'Losing Tim' an eloquent memoir of loss

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    How does a mother make sense of a son's suicide?

  3. Review: Tracy Crow's 'Red, White, & True' is a thoughtful collection of essays on military life

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    With the U.S. military yet again stepping into new roles around the globe, Red, White, & True is a timely collection. Subtitled Stories From Veterans and Families, World War II to Present, it gathers 32 personal essays by veterans, military spouses and now-grown children.

  4. What's Tavis Smiley reading?

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    Tavis Smiley

    We have no idea what the outcome will be for Smiley, one of the contestants on ABC's Dancing With the Stars, but we do know he spent more than seven weeks preparing in secret for the reality show. Smiley, 50, also has just released a new book, Death of a King: …

    Tavis Smiley has just released Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year.
  5. Notable: Three books by and about women

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    Women's works

    Three impressive new books by and about women explore a wide range of subjects.

  6. Events: Local authors predict world's end at Studio@620

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    Book Talk

    Rebbie MacIntyre (A Corner of the Universe) will discuss her mystery novel at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at North Branch Library, 8916 N Boulevard, Tampa.

  7. What's Rick Wilber reading?

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    Rick Wilber

    We recently caught up with author and editor Rick Wilber, a journalism and mass media professor at the University of South Florida. He will discuss his newest work, Field of Fantasies, an anthology that incorporates baseball and fantasy literature, at this year's …

    Rick Wilber
  8. Dennis Lehane talks about 'The Drop,' his Florida ties

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    After years as a part-time Tampa Bay area resident, bestselling author Dennis Lehane has sold his St. Petersburg home and moved with his family to the Los Angeles area. But he still has ties, personal and professional, to Florida.

    Tom Hardy plays Bob in The Drop, the movie based on Dennis Lehane’s short story Animal Rescue. Lehane wrote the screenplay, then turned it into a novel.
  9. Notable: New mysteries featuring old favorites

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    Old friends, new mysteries

  10. Review: 'Eisenhower: A Life' a too-brief biography

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    See Ike?

    See Ike beat the Nazis?

    See Ike become president?

    See Ike build the interstate highway system?