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.

In ‘Horizon,’ Barry Lopez travels the globe looking for humanity’s future

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In Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands, Kenya and Oregon, the great environmental writer finds great beauty and dark possibilities.

Family secrets twist the plot in Alafair Burke’s ‘The Better Sister’

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Two estranged sisters who have been married to the same man join forces when he is murdered.

Michael Connelly talks about ‘Bosch’ seasons 5 and 6, his true crime podcast and his next novel

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The relationship between Maddie Bosch (Madison Lintz) and her father, Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver), is at the heart of the series, author Michael Connelly says.
Season 5 of ‘Bosch,’ dropping soon on Amazon Prime Video, takes the LAPD detective in a new direction.

Fifth annual SunLit Festival brings literary fun for the whole family

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Author Rob Sanders signs one of his children’s books at the 2018 SunLit Festival. He’ll return with a new book this year.
Local authors team up with actors, musicians, visual artists and more for more than two weeks of lively entertainment.

Plume Poetry Series brings Jenny Xie to read at the Dali

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Jenny Xie won the Walt Whitman Award for her poetry collection “Eye Level.”
The Walt Whitman Award winner and finalist for the National Book Award writes of journeys external and internal in her poetry collection Eye Level.