Here’s a guide to the authors coming to the Times Festival of Reading

Read interviews with the 2018 festival authors and reviews of their books.
Published November 16 2018

For many of the authors appearing at the Times Festival of Reading, books are a means to chronicle injustice — and perhaps help to make a change.

In fiction and nonfiction, poetry and books for young readers, writers employ their literary art to examine such issues as racism, misogyny and environmental degradation. Telling a story can shine a light in darkness, opening the eyes, minds and hearts of readers. Words can move us to actions, small and large. The 26th annual festival is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday on the campus of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, 140 Seventh Ave. S. Admission is free; books for sale on site. Find a full schedule at

• Civil rights historian Raymond Arsenault chronicles the life of a sports icon and activist.

• In his eighth Quinn Colson novel, Ace Atkins amps up the action in a little Mississippi town.

• Sorboni Banerjee, Andre Frattino, Lauren Gibaldi and Fred Koehler will keep young readers turning the pages.

• Families face crises in debut novels by C. Morgan Babst and Melanie Hobson.

• Short story collections by two Florida writers reveal different perspectives on the everyday.

Christian Blauvelt brings life lessons from Star Wars.

Karen Browns novel is a chilling literary ghost story.

Robert Olen Butlers historical spy thriller takes readers to Paris during World War I.

• Writing coach Roy Peter Clark returns to the festival.

Tom Clavin co-authors a lively, revealing account of our first presidents military career.

Jack E. Davis book has won accolades that include the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for history.

• The festival is proud to present poets Erica Dawson, Tyler Gillespie, Peter Meinke and Enid Shomer.

Bill DeYoung recounts the life of a music legend with Florida roots.

Kristen Hare presents a book about being a tourist close to home.

Jean Heller and Cheryl Hollon bring back their series sleuths.

Jeffery Hess and Danny Lopez find rich sources for crime fiction in Florida.

Ladee Hubbard writes about a most unusual road trip in her debut novel.

Tayari Jones wrote a novel about a life-changing event and found her own life changed.

Gilbert King recounts a tragic true story of injustice in Florida.

Steve Kistulentzs debut novel is a story of family, politics and a plane crash.

• More Real Florida from Jeff Klinkenberg — this time its personal.

Michael Korytas latest thriller is a dark, satisfying puzzle.

• Florida plays a lead role in Eleanor Krisemans first novel.

Hugh LaFollette takes a complex look at an oversimplified issue.

• Bet on Gale Masseys psychological thriller for a winning read.

Joyce Maynard tells the story of her own heartbreaking romance.

• Step back and let Ben Montgomery tell you the story of a record-breaking stunt.

G. Neris latest is a graphic biography of a woman and the horse she risked everything for.

David Pedreieras murder mystery is out of this world.

Deborah Plant helped bring a previously unpublished book by Zora Neale Hurston to print.

Steph Post lights up rural Florida in a noir thriller.

Lori Roy finds dark material for a crime novel in Florida history.

B.A. Shapiro draws fictional portraits of Matisse, Stein and more.

• Adolescence is a battleground in David Smalls graphic novel.

Gary Shteyngart turns a satirical eye on America with novel about hedge fund manager on a Greyhound road trip.

• Get swept up in James Swains fast-paced tale of a teen stalked by serial killers.

• A young widow questions her safety and sanity in Lisa Ungers latest.

Rick Wilber writes tales of World War II, with a twist.