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  1. 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."

    Gary Mormino poses in his office in 2012.
  2. 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.
  3. Events: Tim Dorsey to sign 'Shark Skin Suite'

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    Book Talk

    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.

  4. 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 …

  5. Notable: black history for young readers

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    Notable

    Black history for young readers

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.”
  8. Review: Edith Pearlman gets deserved attention with 'Honeydew' collection

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    Edith Pearlman is having a moment.

  9. Notable: First-time novelists off to a good start

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    Notable

    Off to a good start

    These three debut thrillers are getting their authors a lot of attention.

  10. What's Graham Nash reading?

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    Graham Nash

    On Jan. 12, an hour before his solo performance at the Capitol Theater, we were lucky enough to bump into Nash, 72, on Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater. Although a light rain was falling, and it was quick, the legendary singer-songwriter and two-time Rock and Roll …

    Graham Nash recently performed at the Capitol Theater in Clearwater.