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.

Robert Dugoni is reading Kendra Elliot’s upcoming mystery

Robert Dugoni. [Douglas Sonders]
Dugoni'sown new thriller series focuses on former CIA agent Charles Jenkins in ‘The Eighth Sister.’

Sibling relationships drive the plot in Emilie Richards' 'A Family of Strangers'

Emilie Richards
The former family counselor found inspiration for her latest novel in a news article.

‘Furious Hours’ author Casey Cep finds a nonstop book club as she tours the U.S.

Casey Cep’s latest book is “Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee.”
Her nonfiction book about Harper Lee has opened the door to conversations about many other authors.

What former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Ryan Nece is reading

Ryan Nece, center, recently went to the Panhandle with 18 rising high school seniors to help with Hurricane Michael recovery. [AMY SCHERZER   |   Special to the Times]
A book about an American-born financier living in Russia, for one.

First openly gay judge on Florida State Court is reading ‘The Messenger’ and ‘The Red and the Black’

Robert W. Lee
Robert Lee, who presided over the 2000 election recount in Broward County, recommends Jake Tapper’s ‘Down and Dirty’ on that subject.