1. Review: 'War of the Whales' dives deep into a real-life mystery


    Ken Balcomb had been studying whales for decades by March 15, 2000, work that often involved encounters with marine mammals stranded onshore. But that morning a whale beached itself alive just 100 yards from his home and research station on Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas — a Cuvier's beaked whale, a deep-water …

    Book jacket for Joshua Horwitz's book, "War of the Whales," published by Simon and Schuster. 2014
  2. Review: Sue Miller's 'Arsonist' a smoldering tale


    Sue Miller's thoughtful, intense novels have always demonstrated that domestic fiction needn't be domesticated. And lately, she has shown that it needn't be apolitical either. In The Senator's Wife (2008), she explored the costs of being married to a philandering public servant. Her last book, The Lake Shore …

  3. Robert Galbraith, a.k.a. J.K. Rowling, attends crime writing festival


    HARROGATE, England

    Each July, crime fiction readers and 80 of the genre's most recognizable authors descend on Harrogate in North Yorkshire for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. This year's featured guests included part-time Sarasota resident Mark Billingham, creator of Prime Suspect Lynda …

    J.K. Rowling, left, shared her fondness for crime fiction with Val McDermid in an interview.
  4. Events: Deanna Bennett to launch 'Anna: American Journey'


    Book Talk

    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.

  5. Review: 'The Forsaken' is a darkly exciting thrill ride


    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.

  6. What's Rebecca Rotert reading?



    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.
  7. Review: 'Shirley' an appropriately creepy salute to Jackson


    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 …

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



    Beyond the moon

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

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


    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)
  10. Nobel Prize winning South African author Nadine Gordimer dies


    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]