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What's Dudley Clendinen reading?

Dudley Clendinen's recent book A Place Called Canterbury: Tales from the New Old Age is a study of life at an upscale retirement home in South Tampa, as well as an account of his mother's last years. Clendinen, who has been a writer for the New York Times and St. Petersburg Times, will be a featured author at the St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading on Oct. 25.

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What is on your nightstand?

The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin and Eyewitness to Power by David Gergen. Some people believe in God and some believe in Donald Trump. I believe in David Gergen. I also am reading two poetry books, Mary Jo Salter's collection A Phone Call to the Future and Elizabeth Spires' Wave-Maker.

Are you a frequent reader of poetry?

Yes, I love poetry. Different people like different types of poetry. I like a sense of humor and a sense of whimsy and insight.

Piper Castillo, Times staff writer, is reachable at

What's Dudley Clendinen reading? 09/27/08 [Last modified: Saturday, September 27, 2008 4:30am]
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