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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.
  4. 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 …

  5. Notable: The U.S. space program beyond the moon landing

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    Beyond the moon

    Neil Armstrong's moon landing was the first step; these books deal with later developments in the U.S. space program.

  6. Review: Bio of astronaut Neil Armstrong portrays a modest hero

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    Displaying the tone of his spirited, often humorous biography, Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight, Jay Barbree paints a scene that took place on July 16, 1969. As the moon-destined astronauts Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins and Buzz Aldrin, along with NASA director Deke Slayton, were being driven by van to the launch …

    Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, posed in 2005 before a photograph of himself in his heady heyday.
Getty Images (2005)
  7. Nobel Prize winning South African author Nadine Gordimer dies

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    JOHANNESBURG — Nadine Gordimer, a South African author who won the Nobel Prize for novels that explored the cost of racial conflict in apartheid-era South Africa, has died at the age of 90, her family said Monday.

    Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer of South Africa died in her sleep in Johannesburg on Sunday. [Associated Press]
  8. Review: James Lee Burke's 'Wayfaring Stranger' a terrific tale

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    James Lee Burke's terrific new novel, Wayfaring Stranger, is a departure from his three crime fiction series about former New Orleans detective Dave Robicheaux and two Texas lawmen, the cousins Hackberry and Billy Bob Holland.

    The main character of Wayfaring Stranger has a brush with bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow that will reverberate in surprising ways.
  9. Florida Humanities Council features state's writers in Forum magazine summer issue

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    For a fine crop of summer reading, you can depend on the Florida Humanities Council's magazine, Forum.

  10. Review: Courtney Maum's novel an exercise in wit and 'Fun'

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    Richard Haddon, the morose British artist at the center of Courtney Maum's amusing yet still heartfelt new novel, used to be devoted to the avant-garde. He made mixed-media collages using saw blades and driftwood and melted ramen noodle packets. He wrapped toy soldiers in Bubble Wrap to make a statement. He was …