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  1. Ace Atkins: Voice switches between Colson, Spenser hero-driving crime novels

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    Ace Atkins is the author of 15 books, the most recent of which is The Forsaken, his fourth Quinn Colson novel. The first two, The Ranger and The Lost Ones, were both nominated for the Edgar Award for best novel. He is also the author of three New York Times bestselling novels in the …

    Author Ace Atkins’ Quinn Colson novels take Western archetypes to north Mississippi.
  2. Review: 'Lost Pre-Raphaelite' digs into the secrets of a house, its people

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    Anyone who has renovated an old house (or who watches the many reno-shows on HGTV) knows of the mysteries and secrets kept behind walls and beneath floorboards. The asbestos! That knob-and-tube wiring! Those cracked water pipes!

  3. Review: Bio shows Jefferson Davis as commander in chief

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    Compared to Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, always comes up very, very short. After all, he's the one who lost the Civil War.

    Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy and antebellum statesman.
  4. What's Rick Yancey reading?

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    Rick Yancey

    Yancey is a busy guy this fall, dividing time between Atlanta, where his YA novel, The 5th Wave, is being adapted into a movie for Sony Pictures (starring Chloe Grace Moretz), and author events promoting The Infinite Sea, which was released in September and …

    Rick Yancey’s most recent release is The Infinite Sea. His YA novel, The 5th Wave, is being made into a movie.
  5. Author to talk about Florida seafood at Times Festival of Reading

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    The love affair with Florida food is continuing for three Orlando writers.

    White Clam Chowder from Good Catch: Recipes & Stories Celebrating the Best of Florida’s Waters by Pam Brandon.
  6. Food from farm to table: an illuminating process

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    It all started with a pig. Or, more specifically, half a pig. Jim Webster, when he was a copy editor and writer for the Tampa Bay Times, drove up to Nature Delivered, Rebecca Krassnoski's farm near Tampa, with the aim of filling up his freezer with humanely raised pork. He wasn't looking for loin, shank and belly …

    Jim Webster, America Farm to Table: Simple, Delicious Recipes Celebrating Local Farmers
  7. Aasif Mandvi talks cultural frustration in 'No Land's Man'

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    Aasif Mandvi is funnier than a man without a country should be, an Indo-Muslim-British-American outsider whose wit stems from peering in and poking.

    University of South Florida alum Aasif Mandvi has been a regular contributor on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.
  8. Times Festival of Reading authors

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    2014 Times Festival of Reading authors

  9. Selling yourself as an author

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    Editor's note: Stephanie Hayes tells the story of Penny Perkins, who writes obituaries for a newspaper, in her self-published novel "Obitchuary." So it made sense to ask Hayes, who several years ago wrote obituaries for the Times and now is the newspaper's performing arts critic, to interview herself. Here is …

    Tampa Bay Times performing arts critic Stephanie Hayes has penned Obitchuary.
  10. Colson returns to reopen an old case in 'Forsaken' by Ace Atkins

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    The latest book from former Times correspondent and bestselling author Ace Atkins, The Forsaken, is in his series about the rural South, with the return of Army Ranger-turned-lawman Quinn Colson as he reopens a decades-old case: Thirty-seven years ago, two teenage girls were held at gunpoint by a stranger, …

    Ace Atkins, The Forsaken