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  1. Dennis Lehane talks about 'World Gone By,' why we love outlaws


    "I'm done with Tampa," Dennis Lehane says.

    “I always thought if Boston and New Orleans had a baby, it would be Ybor City,” says Dennis Lehane, a native Bostonian.
  2. Review: Lehane's beautifully crafted 'World Gone By' brings high-velocity end to trilogy


    If you've read much about Tampa's history of organized crime, you know it's a pretty grim business. Dennis Lehane has given the city a fictional gangster with style, a guy who can rock evening clothes, whip out a line of fast patter in any situation and gracefully walk the tightrope between the worst kind of …

    World Gone By, By Dennis Lehane
  3. Review: Anne Tyler in fine form with 'A Spool of Blue Thread'


    The characters in A Spool of Blue Thread look like the same Baltimore family members we've socialized with for 50 years in Anne Tyler's fiction. In fact, everything about her new novel — from its needlepointed title to its arthritic plot — sounds worn-out.

  4. What's Stephen Spotte reading?



    Stephen Spotte

    Spotte, a renowned marine biologist who has helped lead aquariums and research facilities from New York to the Bering Sea to the Amazon basin of Ecuador and Brazil, has a new memoir, My Watery Self, that, of course, highlights life underwater. However, it's …

    Stephen Spotte’s new memoir is titled My Watery Self.
  5. Events: A look at SunLit Festival festivities in St. Petersburg


    Book Talk

    The inaugural SunLit Festival, an eclectic celebration of St. Petersburg's literary scene, continues this week. All events are in St. Petersburg, and admission is free unless otherwise noted. Learn more at


  6. Notable: New baseball books



    Rites of spring

    With spring training under way, here are three very different books about baseball.

  7. First SunLit Festival celebrates St. Petersburg's literary scene


    What has "literary combat," live music, a Shakespeare play, a cookoff, a talk about reading to babies, a huge book fair, a pub crawl with "four dead writers, seven live ones," a birthday party for Jack Kerouac and more?

    Nyela Hope, left, will portray Zora Neale Hurston and Deanna Scott will play Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings at the SunLit Crawl, part of the first SunLit Festival. 
  8. James Swain deals a new novel about casino scams, 'Take Down'


    On a recent Tuesday evening in the Tap Room, the cozy restaurant in the Hollander Hotel in downtown St. Petersburg, a young boy watched a man pour a deck of cards between his hands like water, pluck from the deck eight different cards chosen by onlookers, and drop a tiny red ball into a silver cup — and pull out a …

    After doing a magic trick at the weekly gig he recently signed on for at the Tap Room restaurant at the Hollander Hotel in downtown St. Petersburg, author James Swain shares a fist bump with an audience member. Swain, 58, lives in Odessa with his wife, Laura.
  9. Review: Set in Tampa, Sterling Watson's 'Suitcase City' a noir revenge tale


    Tampa is suddenly showing up in new novels, although those literary depictions might not be exactly what the tourist bureau would order.

    Sterling Watson, Peter Meinke professor emeritus of literature and creative writing at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, co-founded the Writers in Paradise conference with Dennis Lehane.
  10. Notable: Short form fantasy



    Short form fantasy

    Fans of fantasy and science fiction will welcome short story collections by three masters.