Tuesday, November 20, 2018


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.

Oprah Winfrey, left, interviews former first lady Michelle Obama during a kickoff event for Obama’s new book “Becoming” at the United Center in Chicago, Tuesday night, Nov. 13, 2018. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP) ILCHS203

Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ debuts with biggest book tour ever

The former first lady is talking about her memoir before sold-out audiences in unprecedented numbers, in venues usually filled by rock stars and pro sports.
Published: 11/16/18

‘Bosch’ gets nod for Season 6

The Amazon series based on author Michael Connelly's bestselling books about an LAPD detective just wrapped shooting on Season 5.
Published: 11/15/18
The first ever Devil Rays Major League  Baseball game in St. Petersburg's Tropicana Field was March 31,1998. (Times files)

Times baseball writer Marc Topkin talks about ‘Twenty Years of Rays Baseball’ book

Covering the team long before it played its first game gave him the background to become the Rays’ historian.
Published: 11/15/18
Jeffery Hess will speak at 12:15 p.m. Nov. 17 in Davis Hall, Room 130.

New Florida crime fiction from Jeffery Hess, Danny Lopez

In ‘Tushhog,’ a Navy vet gets into trouble in Fort Myers. In ‘The Last Breath,’ an ex-reporter investigates a death on Siesta Key.
Published: 11/09/18
Joyce Maynard will speak at 2:15 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Student Center Ballroom.

Joyce Maynard’s memoir ‘The Best of Us’ chronicles love and death

The book is a moving account of how the bestselling author found love in her late 50s, then lost the man of her dreams to cancer.
Published: 11/09/18
Sorboni Banerjee will speak at 3 p.m. Nov. 17 in Lynn Pippenger Auditorium.
Hide With Me
By Sorboni Banerjee
Razorbill, 358 pages, $17.99

Books for young readers from Banerjee, Frattino, Gibaldi and Koehler

Authors will discuss a YA novel about teens caught up in the drug trade, a graphic version of a beloved Florida story, a YA romance set in theater camp and a middle-grade adventure on an island of gar
Published: 11/09/18
Vanessa Blakeslee will speak at 10:15 a.m. Nov. 17 in Davis Hall, Room 103.

Impressive short story collections from two Florida writers

Jon Chopan’s “Veterans Crisis Hotline” tells stories of soldiers trying to recover from war; Vanessa Blakeslee’s “Perfect Conditions” juxtaposes the surreal and the everyday.
Published: 11/09/18
Courtesy of Jean Heller
Jean Heller will speak at 10 a.m. in Davis Hall, Room 105.

Jean Heller and Cheryl Hollon bring back engaging mystery series

Heller’s newspaper columnist, Deuce Mora, chases a serial arsonist in Chicago; Hollon’s glass artist, Savannah Webb, is at sea instead of in St. Petersburg.
Published: 11/08/18
Chef Jose Andres and volunteers with World Central Kitchen prepare paella in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Oct. 19, 2017. Andres was on one of the first commercial flights into San Juan after Hurricane Maria; his nonprofit made close to two million meals. On Oct. 25, he said it was time to pull back. (Eric Rojas/The New York Times)

'We Fed an Island' sinks its teeth into disaster relief in Puerto Rico

Award-winning chef Jose Andes writes a bold memoir about feeding millions after Hurricane Maria, and about the federal government's failure to help its citizens.
Published: 11/08/18
Ace Atkins will be in conversation with Lisa Unger at 2 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Fish & Wildlife Institute Auditorium at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

Four crime fiction authors talk about writers who don't write crime fiction

Ace Atkins, Michael Koryta, Steph Post and Lori Roy on their favorite authors who write something other than mysteries.
Published: 11/08/18