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  1. Events: Author Barbara Brown Taylor to speak in Clearwater

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    Book Talk

    Suncoast Hospice will present bestselling author, Episcopal priest and professor of religion Barbara Brown Taylor (Learning to Walk in the Dark) discussing and signing her book at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater. Reservations required; call (727) 523-3427.

  2. What's Kim Stolz reading?

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    Kim Stolz

    Since Unfriending My Ex was released in June, Stolz, a former MTV News correspondent and America's Next Top Model contestant, has heard many crazy stories concerning social networking mishaps. The book is Stolz's humorous take on how social networking has …

    Kim Stolz released Unfriending My Ex in June.
  3. Notable: New novels from three thriller masters

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    Just for the thrills

    Three bestselling masters of the thriller have new novels, just in time for midsummer reading.

  4. Review: 'War of the Whales' dives deep into a real-life mystery

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    Ken Balcomb had been studying whales for decades by March 15, 2000, work that often involved encounters with marine mammals stranded onshore. But that morning a whale beached itself alive just 100 yards from his home and research station on Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas — a Cuvier's beaked whale, a deep-water …

    Book jacket for Joshua Horwitz's book, "War of the Whales," published by Simon and Schuster. 2014
  5. Review: Sue Miller's 'Arsonist' a smoldering tale

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    Sue Miller's thoughtful, intense novels have always demonstrated that domestic fiction needn't be domesticated. And lately, she has shown that it needn't be apolitical either. In The Senator's Wife (2008), she explored the costs of being married to a philandering public servant. Her last book, The Lake Shore …

  6. Robert Galbraith, a.k.a. J.K. Rowling, attends crime writing festival

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    HARROGATE, England

    Each July, crime fiction readers and 80 of the genre's most recognizable authors descend on Harrogate in North Yorkshire for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. This year's featured guests included part-time Sarasota resident Mark Billingham, creator of Prime Suspect Lynda …

    J.K. Rowling, left, shared her fondness for crime fiction with Val McDermid in an interview.
  7. Events: Deanna Bennett to launch 'Anna: American Journey'

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    East Lake Community Library will host a book launch for Deanna Bennett (Anna: American Journey), who will discuss and sign the second novel in her trilogy at 6 p.m. Friday at the library, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor.

  8. Review: 'The Forsaken' is a darkly exciting thrill ride

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    Quinn Colson, former U.S. Army Ranger and veteran of "thirteen tours of Iraq and Trashcanistan," has returned to his hometown of Jericho, Miss., and become the county sheriff. But as The Forsaken, Ace Atkins' fourth novel about Quinn, begins, the lawman isn't so sure he wants the job anymore.

  9. What's Rebecca Rotert reading?

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    Rebecca Rotert

    In her first novel, Last Night at the Blue Angel, Rotert moves between 1960s Chicago and 1950s Kansas to tell the story of Naomi, a self-absorbed nightclub singer, and her young daughter, Sophia, who is caught in her shadow. Rotert received her master's degree …

    Rebecca Rotert is author of Last Night at the Blue Angel.
  10. Review: 'Shirley' an appropriately creepy salute to Jackson

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    If the Internet had existed in 1948, it's a sure bet that the reaction to Shirley Jackson's most famous short story would have gone viral. After its publication in the New Yorker, The Lottery provoked a record number of readers to write to the magazine, many proclaiming their revulsion for the story's …