Wednesday, August 15, 2018


Piper Castillo

Piper Castillo

Piper Castillo grew up in Fort Lauderdale and received her English degree from Florida Atlantic University. As a community news reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, she covers north Pinellas County. She also writes the "Nightstand" column for the Sunday book pages and thinks the only thing better than a good read is a day in the sun with her family.

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Novelist Seth Greenland returns to his roots by setting his new book, \u201CThe Hazards of Good Fortune,\u201D in New York City and neighboring Westchester. (Photo by Barbara Katz)

Novelist Seth Greenland reading works by Hazzard, Abbey and more

Seth GreenlandNovelist Greenland returns to his roots by setting his new book, The Hazards of Good Fortune, in New York City and neighboring Westchester. The protagonist is Jay Gladstone, an heir to a massive real estate fortune, owner...
Published: 08/02/18
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After writing ‘Squeezed,’ about the economy, Alissa Quart reads poetry

Alissa QuartYou might find brand-new information in Quart’s book, Squeezed; however, you might also find she is providing a simple answer to your question: No, you are not crazy. Even with your college degree and...
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Hunter J. Gorskie is an American soccer player who currently plays for Tampa Bay Rowdies in the United Soccer League. (Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Rowdies)

Tampa Bay Rowdies player Hunter Gorskie is reading about better nights and mornings

Hunter GorskieBecause soccer fans around the world will be watching the FIFA World Cup’s crowning game today, we decided to touch base with one of our own soccer players: Hunter Gorskie, the Tampa Bay Rowdies’ No. 27. Gorskie, a defender who...
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Deborah Plant, the editor of Barracoon: The Story of the Last

‘Barracoon’ editor Deborah Plant on discovering Zora Neale Hurston, reading Alice Walker

Deborah PlantWe caught up with Plant, the editor of Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo," a newly published book by Zora Neale Hurston, after her recent appearance at the Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center. The book...
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Author Neal Thompson. (Photo by Beowulf Sheehan)

What’s Neal Thompson, author of ‘Kickflip Boys,’ reading?

Neal ThompsonFor Father’s Day, we checked in with Neal Thompson from his Seattle office. In his new book, Kickflip Boys, Thompson weaves together a story on raising his two independent, passionate sons while giving us...
Updated: 2 months ago
What is Jen Waite, author of the memoir

What is Jen Waite, author of the memoir "A Beautiful, Terrible Thing," reading?

Jen Waite
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What is on Helen Rappaport nightstand?

What’s Helen Rappaport reading?

Helen RappaportWhile delving into archives and researching her new book about the murder of the Russian imperial family 100 years ago, The Race to Save the Romanovs, Rappaport celebrated the digital age. "I am able to...
Updated: 3 months ago
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Judy Blundell

Judy Blundell brings on summertime on Long Island in ‘High Season’

NightstandJudy BlundellSince it’s Memorial Day weekend, we decided to touch base with Judy Blundell, whose new book is High Season. The novel’s protagonist is Ruthie Beamish, director of a small...
Updated: 3 months ago
Author Cutter Wood. (Courtesy of Erin Shaw)

What ‘Love and Death in the Sunshine State’ author Cutter Wood is reading

NightstandCutter WoodBack in 2008, Wood found himself spending a vacation on Anna Maria Island during one of the area’s most intense times. Sabine Musil-Buehler, a local motel owner, had disappeared;...
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Rachel Slade. (Courtesy of Craig LaCourt)

Rachel Slade talks books, magic hands in the library and the sinking of ‘El Faro’

NightstandRachel SladeIn her new book, Into the Raging Sea, Slade gives an in-depth account of the tragic sinking of the El Faro, a Jacksonville-based cargo ship that plummeted to the...
Updated: 4 months ago