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  1. Author Florida seafood to speak 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Times Festival of Reading authors

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    2014 Times Festival of Reading authors

  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. Serge Storms speaks!

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    Tampa author Tim Dorsey has a large and devoted following (some with the tattoos to prove it) for the 17 comic crime novels he has written about Serge Storms, the most recent of which is Tiger Shrimp Tango. As his many fans know, Serge is a peripatetic, charming fellow, a devotee of all things Florida …

    Tim Dorsey’s most recent work is Tiger Shrimp Tango.
  8. Review: Cozy up to a quiet little 'Miracle' by Macomber

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    How has Debbie Macomber inhabited bestseller lists for decades and sold more than 170 million books worldwide with nary a vampire, wizard, sadomasochistic couple, futuristic teenage dystopia or serial killer to be found in her pages?

    Debbie Macomber’s latest offering is Mr. Miracle: A Christmas Novel.
  9. Review: 'Selected Letters' opens door to Styron's wide world

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    William Styron was a prolific author — over a storied career that spanned six decades, he published a dozen books and countless short pieces. Among them, The Confessions of Nat Turner won the Pulitzer Prize, Sophie's Choice won the National Book Award, and Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness …

    Rose Styron spent five years working on Selected Letters of William Styron.
  10. Review: 'Deep Down Dark' expertly chronicles Chilean miners saga

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    In 2010, when 33 men were trapped thousands of feet underground by a massive rock fall in a mine in Chile, the news went global — and stayed that way for 69 days, until their astonishing rescue.

    Hector Tobar is the author of Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free.