Smoke is McKenzie's fifth novel and an Amazon Best Book of 2015. It is based on fires — wild as well as metaphoric. Over the course of six days, protagonist Elizabeth Martin, an arson investigator, works to protect residents in a small town in the …
Advice from various quarters
These books bring wisdom and wit from sources ancient and contemporary.
Tim Dorsey (Shark Skin Suite) will discuss and sign his latest comic crime novel at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Largo Library, 120 Central Park Drive.
If you think you know what to expect from the memoirs of punk rock stars, let Carrie Brownstein, Elvis Costello and Patti Smith show you something different.
Not everyone can count his blessings on his deathbed. But Oliver Sacks could. His new, posthumously published essay collection is titled Gratitude.
Susan Cheever begins Drinking in America: Our Secret History, her sober look at the subject, with a nifty detail: "The Pilgrims landed the Mayflower at Cape Cod, Massachusetts, on a cold November day in 1620 because they were running out of beer." But then in the next chapter we find: "The Mayflower's …
Still, a member of the Florida Artist Hall of Fame, is renowned for his paintings depicting the state's history and environment, with several of his works gracing the chamber of the Florida House of Representatives. Still, 54, is a graduate of Dunedin High who …
Fairy tales remixed
These new books take folk tales and a children's novel to very different places.
Former U.S. ambassador to South Africa James A. Joseph (Saved for a Purpose: A Journey From Private Virtues to Public Values) will discuss and sign his memoir at 2 p.m. today at Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main St., Sarasota. Seating is limited; call (941) 365-7900 for reservations.
PORT TOWNSEND, Wash.
Rule one in the world of working wooden boats, since the days of dugout canoes and fishing skiffs, has been that when they are no longer of use or they are lost at sea, people build new ones and move on. Sentimentality and fussy restoration are rarely in the tool kit.