Times writers in the lineup
The Times Festival of Reading is proud to present several St. Petersburg Times staff members. Two have new books, and five Times columnists will be on hand to talk about their work.
Food and travel editor Janet K. Keeler chose an irresistible topic for her new cookbook, Cookielicious: 150 Fabulous Recipes to Bake & Share.
The book gathers her favorite cookie recipes, many of them culled and adapted from the 5,000 she has received from readers over a decade as editor of the Taste section. She will be meeting and greeting readers in the Times tent in the Book Market area from noon to 2 p.m. There may be cookies involved.
Times environmental writer Craig Pittman won't be bringing along any manatees, but he will be presenting his book Manatee Insanity: Inside the War Over Florida's Most Famous Endangered Species.
Pittman, a four-time winner of the Waldo Proffitt Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism in Florida, details in his book the strange twists and turns in the ongoing effort to protect the gentle giants. He will speak at 10:30 a.m. in the Fish & Wildlife Research Institute auditorium.
The Festival of Reading takes place just 10 days before the midterm election, so the Times' columnists and their readers should have plenty to talk about. Sue Carlton, Ernest Hooper, Bill Maxwell, Dan Ruth and Howard Troxler will each appear separately; see the festival program in the Times' Weekend section on Thursday for times and locations. Hooper will be presenting his grandmother Ann Cooper's book, A Century and Some Change: My Life Before the President Called My Name.