Monday, December 18, 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.

Notable: 50 years ago

Notable: 50 years ago

Notable50 years agoThese three books document some of the events of the cultural watershed that was 1967.Ali: A Life (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Jonathan Eig is the first complete biography of boxing icon Muhammad Ali, who in...
Published: 12/14/17
Review: Kevin Young gives readers the truth about ‘Bunk’

Review: Kevin Young gives readers the truth about ‘Bunk’

We live in the age of the hoax.Believe me.And if you don’t believe me, believe Kevin Young, author of the sometimes disturbing but always fascinating new book Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake...
Published: 12/14/17
Georges Duboeuf hires a new artist to design labels every year, and in 2017 that artist is St. Petersburg mixed media artist Ari Azzopardi Robinson. Azzopardi Robinsonâ\u0080\u009A\u0080\u0099s work, â\u0080\u009A\u0080\u009CCandy Coated,â\u0080\u009A\u0080\u009D was selected from hundreds of submissions in a social media contest this spring.

Wine of the week: Georges DuBoeuf 2017 Beaujolais Nouveau

It would hardly be the holidays without Beaujolais nouveau.This French wine made with Gamay grapes appears on American shelves in mid November. It’s a vin de primeur, a wine made from the most recent harvest and fermented only a few weeks —...
Published: 12/14/17

Book events: Victorian Christmas Event, Cheryl Hollon launch party

Book TalkCheryl Hollon (Etched in Tears) will appear at a launch party for the new book in her Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series at 2 p.m. Dec. 10 at Books at Park Place, 10468 Roosevelt Blvd. N, St. Petersburg.William Valentine (Cuban...
Published: 12/07/17

For gift books this holiday season, think classic

The gift book is a holiday tradition, but what’s significant enough to merit a space on your recipient’s coffee table? Classics. Look for a book that captures people, places or things we see as enduring, indispensable, iconic: unforgettable...
Published: 12/06/17
Cave Canyon Towers in Bears Ears National Monument in Cedar Mesa, Utah. Washington Post photo by Katherine Frey.

With Trump slashing national monuments, here are three books to read

With President Donald Trump’s decision to slash the acreage of two national monuments in the news, here are three classic books about our system of national parks, monuments and other protected lands.Desert Solitaire: A Season in the...
Published: 12/05/17
Doughnuts at the Mini Doughnut Factory where the newest location just opened at 730 4th St N. From left is the Homer Simpson, Peanut Butter Cup and the Sweet Pig. DIRK SHADD   |   Times

St. Petersburg gets its own Mini Doughnut Factory

The Mini Doughnut Factory has gone uptown.That’s St. Petersburg’s Historic Uptown neighborhood, where the second location of the Tampa-based chain opened Monday. The original, at 2109 S Dale Mabry Highway, was opened in 2015 by Patrick and...
Published: 12/04/17
Updated: 12/08/17
Sam Shepard on a day of rehearsal for his play

Review: Sam Shepard’s ‘Spy of the First Person’ a moving farewell

Few deaths are kind, I think, but Sam Shepard’s seemed almost theatrically cruel. A brilliant playwright, author, actor, director and screenwriter, Shepard died in July, at age 73, of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s...
Updated one month ago
Bleecker Street
Christopher Plummer (right) stars as Ebenezer Scrooge and Dan Stevens stars as Charles Dickens in director Bharat Nalluriâ\u0080\u009A\u0080\u0099s THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS, a Bleecker Street release.

How ‘A Christmas Carol’ was born

Charles Dickens’ best-known and most beloved book almost didn’t happen.
Updated one month ago
Notable: Histories to savor

Notable: Histories to savor

NotableHistories to savorIn this season of eating, here are three fascinating (and giftable) books about the history of food.The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South (Amistad) by...
Published: 11/21/17
Updated: 12/04/17