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Lineup for St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading Oct. 25

Whatever your literary tastes, you'll find authors who write your kind of book at the 16th annual St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading. • Set for Saturday, Oct. 25, the free event takes place on the campus of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. More than 40 authors will read from, discuss and sign their works from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. • The festival is an opportunity to meet bestselling authors like Dennis Lehane, Richard Paul Evans, Rick Bragg, Marcella Hazan, Sandra Tsing Loh, Susan Orlean, Ridley Pearson, Jeff Shaara and Lisa Unger, and to discover new writers of fiction, nonfiction and children's books. • Many Florida writers will be featured, including Robert Olen Butler, Daina Chaviano, Bonnie Glover, N.M. Kelby, Kristy Kiernan, Gary Mormino and James Reese. • Children's and young adult authors include Michael Sampson, Debra Frazier, Tammar Stein and Kit Reed. • The festival will also feature presentations by the St. Petersburg Times' arts and entertainment critics, the always-popular Storyland for kids, and plenty of vendors offering books, food and more. Books by festival authors will be available for sale on site. • Today, you'll find reviews of three books by festival authors in this section. In the coming weeks, look to these pages for more reviews of books by festival authors. • A complete schedule of the Times Festival of Reading, as well as an event map and more author interviews and features, will appear Thursday, Oct. 23, in a special section in the Times. • You can also find updated information, author biographies and more at • See you at the Festival of Reading!

Colette Bancroft can be reached at or (727) 893-8435.

Festival authors

and books

NPR personality Jay Allison,

This I Believe II

Journalist Shawn Bean, The First

Hollywood: Florida and the Golden Age of Silent Filmmaking

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and memoirist Rick Bragg, The Prince of Frogtown

Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer and FSU professor Robert Olen Butler, Intercourse

Cuban novelist Daina Chaviano,

The Island of Eternal Love

Journalist and University of Tampa professor John Capouya, Gorgeous George: The Outrageous Bad-Boy Wrestler Who Created American

Pop Culture

Journalist and Tampa native Dudley Clendinen, A Place Called Canterbury: Tales of the New Old Age in America

Lawyer and novelist Cody Fowler Davis, Implied Consent

NBA referee Bob Delaney and St. Petersburg Times sportswriter Dave Scheiber, Covert: My Years Infiltrating the Mob

Former St. Petersburg Times editorial board member Martin Dyckman,

A Most Disorderly Court: Scandal and Reform in the Florida Judiciary

Journalist and author T.J. English, Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It to

the Revolution

Inspirational novelist Richard

Paul Evans, Grace

Chef and storyteller Martha Hall Foose, Screen Doors and Sweet Tea

Children's author and illustrator

Debra Frazier, A Birthday Cake Is

No Ordinary Cake

Financial expert and novelist

Stephen Frey, Forced Out

Sports author Harvey Frommer, Remembering Yankee Stadium

Lawyer and novelist Bonnie Glover, Going Down South

Sports author Peter Golenbock,

In the Country of Brooklyn

Mystery and fantasy author Mitchell Graham, Majestic Descending

Former St. Petersburg Times book

editor Margo Hammond and freelance book critic Ellen Heltzel, Between the Covers: The Book Babes' Guide to a Woman's Reading Pleasures

Legendary Italian chef and author Marcella Hazan, Amarcord: Marcella Remembers

St. Petersburg Times food editor

Janet K. Keeler, O Christmas Treats! Favorite Cookies From St. Petersburg Times Readers

Mystery writer N.M. Kelby, Murder

at the Bad Girl's Bar & Grill

Filmmaker and daughter of a former presidential candidate Alexandra

Kerry, Notes From the Trail: Presidential Politics From the Inside Out

Novelist Kristy Kiernan, Matters of Faith

St. Petersburg Times columnist

Jeff Klinkenberg, Pilgrim in the Land of Alligators

Historical novelist Frank Laumer, Nobody's Hero

Novelist Dennis Lehane, The Given Day

Historical novelist David Liss,

The Whiskey Rebels

NPR personality and education activist Sandra Tsing Loh, Mother on Fire: A True Motherf%#$ Story About Parenting!

Novelist Charles Martin, Where the River Ends

Author and documentary filmmaker Brad Matsen, Titanic's Last Secrets: The Further Adventures of Shadow Divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler

Author and UF professor Willam Mc-

Keen, Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson

USF St. Petersburg professor Deanna Michael, Jimmy Carter as Education Policymaker

Journalist and author Tom Miller,

Trading With the Enemy: A Yankee Travels Through Castro's Cuba

USF St. Petersburg professor Gary Mormino, Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida

New Yorker staff writer and author Susan Orlean, Lazy Little Loafers

Thriller writer and children's author Ridley Pearson, The Kingdom Keepers: Disney at Dawn

Novelist and young adult author Kit Reed, The Night Children

Fantasy novelist James Reese, The Dracula Dossier

Historical novelist Elizabeth Robards, With Violets

Writer and teacher Matt Rothschild, Dumbfounded: A Memoir

Former West Point instructor Elizabeth Samet, Soldier's Heart: Peace and War at West Point

Children's author and USF professor Michael Sampson, Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up?

Historical novelist Jeff Shaara,

The Steel Wave

Young adult novelist Tammar Stein, High Dive

Thriller writer Lisa Unger, Black Out

Poet Helen Wallace, Shimming the Glass House

St. Petersburg Times copy editor and novelist Ian Vasquez, In the Heat

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