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.
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 email@example.com