Piper Castillo, Clearwater Community Reporter

Piper Castillo

Clearwater Community Reporter

I grew up in Fort Lauderdale and received an English degree from Florida Atlantic University. As a community news reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, I cover north Pinellas County and also write the "Nightstand" column for the Sunday book pages. The only thing better than a good read is a day in the sun with my family.

Cash Lambert’s ‘Waves of Healing’ shaped by author’s admiration for Tom Wolfe

What is Cash Lambert reading?
The former Floridian’s new book is about the organization Surfers for Autism.

Swedish crime fiction writer Jenny Rogneby is an Elmore Leonard fan

What is Jenny Rogneby reading?
Her new novel, 'Leona: Any Means Necessary,' is the second in a series about a Stockholm investigator.

Greg Kihn chooses books over the news

The singer, who appears at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Nov. 9, enjoys Stephen King's novels and weighty biographies.

‘Panorama’ author Steve Kistulentz takes a deep dive into reading about Russia

CHRIS URSO   |   Times
Novelist Steve Kistulentz this year published his first novel, Panorama.
After publishing his first novel this year, the director of the St. Leo University creative writing program is researching his next book with fiction and nonfiction about post-Cold War Russia.

Gernhard biographer Bill DeYoung finds little new in Petty bio

CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times (2015)
Bill DeYoung, the St. Petersburg native and author of a book about the May 1980 Skyway disaster, at the rest area on the north side of the Skyway Bridge, Tuesday, 5/5/15, near where a memorial to the victims will be unveiled Saturday, 35th Anniversary of the bridge collapse. De Young is behind the memorial which was installed just south of the the Blackthorn Memorial.
Bill DeYoungDeYoung is the author of Phil Gernhard, Record Man, a biography of a record producer with ties to St. Petersburg whose hits included Stay...