Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

Colette Bancroft is the book editor of the Tampa Bay Times. She joined the Times in 1997 and has been a news editor, general assignment features writer and food and travel writer, as well as a frequent contributor of reviews of books, theater and other arts. She became book editor in 2007. Before joining the Times, Bancroft was a reporter and editor at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson and an instructor in the English departments of the University of South Florida and the University of Arizona. Bancroft grew up in Tampa.

American wines red, white and sparkling for your Thanksgiving table

American wines red, white and sparkling for your Thanksgiving table

You’ve dusted off Grandma’s good crystal for the Thanksgiving table. Or you’ve pulled out all your mismatched stems to have enough for every place. Now what to pour?For this most American meal, based on foods native to America — turkey,...
Published: 11/20/17

Events: Tampa historians to sign books at hurricane relief benefit

Book TalkNancy Christie (Rut-Busting Book for Writers) will sign her book at 11 a.m. Nov. 20 at 321 Books, 6901 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg.John Cinchett (Vintage Tampa Storefronts and Scenes), Rex Gordon (History of Hillsborough High...
Published: 11/16/17
Photo by Jay Astudillo
Glenn Close stars as Bernie in the pilot for Amazon TV's dark comedy

Review: George Saunders’ ‘Sea Oak’ makes a dead-funny TV comedy

Recently, George Saunders won the Man Booker Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards.And now he has a TV show about zombies!Saunders, one of America’s best writers of fiction, won the 2017 Booker for his splendid novel...
Published: 11/16/17
Photo by Peter Van Hattem
Author Jennifer Egan's new novel,

Jennifer Egan on how 9/11 led her to WWII and ‘Manhattan Beach’

Jennifer Egan has a gift for surprising readers — and herself. "If I knew what would happen in a book," she says, "I wouldn’t want to write it." What happens in her new novel, Manhattan Beach, is a surprise on many levels. It’s an...
Published: 11/10/17
Updated: 11/16/17

Events: Ben Montgomery to speak at Mirror Lake Library

Book TalkFriends of the Mirror Lake Library presents former Tampa Bay Times writer Ben Montgomery (The Leper Spy) discussing and signing his book at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the library, 280 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg.Seminole Historical...
Published: 11/09/17
Author Tamara Lush

Tamara Lush talks about publishing romance novels serially, like ‘Constant Craving’

Tamara Lush calls her romance novels, published via app in weekly installments, "snack size reading" for your smartphone. Seung Yoon Lee, founder and CEO of Radish Fiction, calls his mobile platform for books like hers "Candy Crush meets serial...
Published: 11/08/17
Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

Review: ‘The Year of Magical Thinking’ at Stageworks

At the beginning of The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion acknowledges that the audience might not want to hear her story because we don’t think it could happen to us."It will happen to you," Didion says with a rueful smile, and of course...
Published: 11/06/17
Updated: 11/07/17
Review: Andy Boyle’s ‘Adulthood for Beginners’ offers funny, laid-back advice

Review: Andy Boyle’s ‘Adulthood for Beginners’ offers funny, laid-back advice

Bro, Andy Boyle wants to help you. Boyle’s book, Adulthood for Beginners: All the Life Secrets Nobody Bothered to Tell You, is notably laid back for a self-help book. It’s less like a hyper, rah-rah life coach and more like a pal offering...
Updated one month ago
University of Florida professor Jack E. Davis is the author of

‘The Gulf’ by UF professor Jack Davis wins $50,000 Kirkus Prize

Jack E. Davis says that he wrote his book The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea for "the wider range of readers.""I wanted people to see (the Gulf of Mexico) for all that it is," Davis says. "It’s not just an oil sump or a sunning beach or a...
Updated one month ago
Jack Kerouac lived his final days in St. Petersburg.

Revisit Kerouac’s Florida at screening of documentary ‘Snowbird’

Beat writer Jack Kerouac made his name, and his mark on American literature, with On the Road, a 1957 novel that sings the praises of life on the highway.
Updated one month ago