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  1. Notable: Real loves

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    Real loves

    These three new novels are based on real women, including their romantic lives.

  2. Review: Strout's 'My Name Is Lucy Barton' a memorable story of a mother and daughter

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    Hospital rooms often double as confessionals, especially when a patient's life might be in the balance. Between sterile and impersonal walls, accompanied by the heedless, steady beeps and blips of medical machinery, stories spill out and unspoken emotions are given voice.

  3. Review: Maria Konnikova's 'Confidence Game' misses a trick

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    Almost all of us are suckers for books about suckers. What's not to like? They flatter our lofty conception of ourselves — no chumps are we, with our wits about us and our nose for baloney as fine as a butcher's — and they satisfy the secret part of us that delights in gossip and goggles at audacity.

  4. What's Marc Kelly Smith reading?

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    Marc Kelly Smith

    We caught up with Smith on Jan. 26 in Safety Harbor, where he presented a performance poetry workshop for the Safety Harbor Art and Music Center's Sideshow off Main Street. Smith made the stopover after appearing as a featured poet at the Palm Beach Poetry Festival. …

    Marc Kelly Smith is considered the founder of the poetry slam movement.
  5. Events: Former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins to appear in Sarasota

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    Book Talk

    Poynter Institute senior scholar Roy Peter Clark (The Art of X-Ray Reading: How the Secrets of 25 Great Works of Literature Will Improve Your Writing) will discuss and sign his book at 2 p.m. Feb. 14 at Haslam's Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

  6. Poet David Kirby receives Florida Humanities Council's lifetime achievement in writing award

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    Lifetime achievement awards, David Kirby says, are usually handed out by organizations like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. "So I see this as the equivalent of the Oscar."

     Poet, critic and Florida State University professor David Kirby is the 2016 recipient of the Florida Lifetime Achievement in Writing Award. Photo courtesy of Louisiana State University Press.
  7. Review: Rankin's Rebus in fine form in 'Even Dogs in the Wild'

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    There's one striking detail in Scottish writer Ian Rankin's new novel, Even Dogs in the Wild, that sharply reminds us the story is not set in the United States. After someone shoots the son of a crime boss in Edinburgh, a city of about half a million people, one of the investigators suggests it's a copycat of an …

  8. What's Kathy Castor reading?

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    Kathy Castor

    U.S. Rep. Castor represents Florida's 14th District, which includes parts of both Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Castor was first elected to Congress in 2006. Before that, she served on the Hillsborough County Commission and chaired the Hillsborough County …

  9. Events: The Rev. Kenny Irby to discuss Coates' 'Between the World and Me.'

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    Cathedral Church of St. Peter's book talk series presents the Rev. Kenny Irby of Bethel AME Church discussing Ta-Nehisi Coates' memoir Between the World and Me, winner of the National Book Award, at noon Tuesday at the cathedral, 140 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Free; lunch …

  10. Notable: This is your brain in books

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    This is your brain in books

    These books take on the always interesting question of the brain trying to understand itself.