Colette Bancroft, Book Editor

Colette Bancroft

Book Editor

I was the kid whose mother said, “Put down that book, go outside and play.” I grew up in Tampa, earned degrees in English at the University of South Florida and University of Florida, and taught literature and writing for more than a decade. Then I switched to journalism, working for the Arizona Daily Star and, since 1997, for the Tampa Bay Times as an editor, reporter and critic. In 2007, I became the Times’ book editor, writing reviews, interviewing authors and helping to direct the annual Times Festival of Reading. I served two terms on the board of the National Book Critics Circle. I live in St. Petersburg with my dog, Marlowe, and cat, Isabel. When I’m not reading, I’m traveling or painting.

Brandon author Rob Sanders talks about ‘Stonewall,’ his picture-book history for children

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Illustrations from Rob Sanders’ book “Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution.”
The elementary school teacher’s eighth book tells the story of a pivotal moment in the gay rights movement.

Kristen Arnett’s ‘Mostly Dead Things’ a sweetly macabre story of a Florida family

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In this debut novel by the Orlando area writer, a taxidermist’s daughter deals with love and loss.

‘Sunset Beach’ is author Mary Kay Andrews’ valentine to St. Petersburg

Author Mary Kay Andrews knows the Tampa Bay area well. “My parents met at the Coliseum and were married six weeks later,” she said. “I was born at MacDill. I grew up on the Pink Streets and went to Lakewood High School.” [Photo by Bill Miles]
The writer of bestselling beach books sets her 26th novel in her hometown.

Casey Cep’s ‘Furious Hours’ a fascinating story of the book Harper Lee never published

Author Harper Lee, left, is pictured with her sisters, Alice Lee and Louise Conner, in 1983. [Eufala Tribune, 1983]
The true story of a small-town serial killer caught the attention of the author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ but whether she ever wrote the book is still a mystery.

What’s happening in Tampa Bay books: Catch Paul Wilborn reading from ‘Cigar City’ at Museum of Fine Arts

Paul Wilborn poses for a portrait near La France in Tampa historic district Ybor City. The author discusses and signs his debut book, ‘Cigar City: Tales From a 1980s Creative Ghetto,’ at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, on Thursday. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
St. Petersburg preserve Weedon Island will also host Steph Post as she discusses and signs her novel ‘Miraculum.’