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.

James Lee Burke makes dark music in ‘New Iberia Blues’

Louisiana detective Dave Robicheaux and his pal Clete Purcel once again sally forth against new death and old evil in the 22nd book in Burke's series.

Lasting impact of Gilbert King’s ‘Devil in the Grove’ almost didn't happen

Lake County Sheriff Willis McCall, far left, and an unidentified man stand next to Walter Irvin, Samuel Shepherd and Charles Greenlee. (Courtesy of the Florida Memory Project)
The Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction book helped lead to the pardon of the Groveland Four. The author says luck played a role.

A new novel by 'Silence of the Lambs' author is creeping our way

Book jacket for Thomas Harris' novel
Thomas Harris' first book in 13 years, 'Cari Mora,' will be published May 21.

‘Devil in the Grove’ author calls pardon ‘a great moment in government’

Lake County Sheriff Willis McCall, far left, and an unidentified man stand next to Walter Irvin, Samuel Shepherd and Charles Greenlee.Courtesy Florida Memory Project
Gilbert King's Pulitzer Prize-winning book about the Groveland Four helped set the pardon in motion.

Dennis Lehane returns to St. Petersburg for Writers in Paradise keynote Jan. 19

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The author of ‘Live by Night’ and ‘Mystic River,’ who co-founded the Eckerd College writing conference, has been busy lately writing screenplays and producing movies and...