The reviews are in
Books by many Times Festival of Reading authors have been previously reviewed. For links to these two reviews and others, go to festivalofreading.com.
So Cold the River (Little, Brown) by Michael Koryta is a foray into horror territory for the part-time St. Petersburg resident and author of bestselling mysteries. "Koryta has a deft touch with his characters, sketching them economically but convincingly. . . . His lean style powers the plot of So Cold the River, which rises as powerfully as the strange green water of an underground river that may hide the secrets (his protagonist) seeks.
Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy (University of Missouri Press) by Ira Sukrungruang is the memoir of a USF creative writing professor about growing up in Chicago as the son of Thai immigrants. "Sukrungruang is a poet, and Talk Thai is bright with graceful language, but the voice in which he writes sounds like the kid he was, a kid trying to make sense of the world and his place in it, as kids do all over the globe."
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor