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.

Journalist Mark Weisenmiller recommends WWII books ‘Caine Mutiny,’ ‘Hiroshima’ and more

Mark Weisenmiller
The freelance reporter contributed to the new book ‘D-Day, 75th Anniversary: A Millennial’s Guide.’

YA author Sarah Dessen is reading books by Jesmyn Ward and Andrew Rannells

Sarah Dessen
The North Carolina native, whose new book is 'The Rest of the Story,' also recommends authors Lee Smith and Wells Tower.

Pulitzer winner Gilbert King is reading books by Ray Arsenault and more

Gilbert King won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction for his book “Devil in the Grove.”
King, whose ‘Devil in the Grove’ helped lead to pardons in a 70-year-old case, is also reading Erica Dawson, Lauren Groff and Jeff Klinkenberg.

Miss Florida Nicolette Jennings is reading ‘The Champion’s Mind’

Nicolette Jennings
The University of Florida grad also recommends Michael Gannon’s ‘The History of Florida.’

‘American Founders’ author Christina Proenza-Coles is exploring history

Christina Proenza-Coles
The books on her nightstand include Peter Matthiessen’s epic novel of Florida, ‘Shadow Country.’