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.

Edwidge Danticat’s ‘Everything Inside’ gathers moving stories about the Haitian diaspora

Author Edwidge Danticat will be at the 2019 Times Festival of Reading to talk about her latest book, Everything Inside. Photo by Lynn Savarese. Lynn Savarese
In Florida, in Haiti and elsewhere, her finely drawn characters cope with loss and look toward new lives.

Tampa crime boss Santo Trafficante Jr. plays a central role in thriller ‘Mafia Spies’

Tampa organized crime boss Santo Trafficante Jr. is pictured at the Sans Souci nightsclub in Havana, Cuba. [Skyhorse Publishing/Library of Congress]
Thomas Maier’s detail-packed but entertaining book recounts the CIA’s plot to kill Castro with the help of Mafia bosses.

Sweat or chill out with these hot and cold books

Haslam’s Book Store in St. Petersburg. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE   |   Times]
Settings in Florida or a mountain forest fire turn up the heat, while books that range from Alaska to Everest make readers feel the frost.

Author Cheryl Hollon to discuss ‘Shattered at Sea’ in Palm Harbor

Next week, Cheryl Hollon will talk about and sign “Shattered at Sea,” her latest mystery. [Courtesy of Cheryl Hollon]
Plus, journalist John Dunn stops by Safety Harbor to talk about ‘Drying Up: The Fresh Water Crisis in Florida.’

J.D. Salinger enters the digital age with e-books of ‘Catcher in the Rye,’ others

Legendary author J.D. Salinger, left, was most famous for his first book (and only novel so far), “The Catcher in the Rye,” which will get published as an e-book this week. [Associated Press]
The author’s son has also revealed that he expects new work by his father to be published in the next five to seven years.