Bestselling Florida author Randy Wayne White (Mangrove Lightning) will discuss and sign his latest Doc Ford thriller at noon March 26 at Bookstore1Sarasota, 12 S Palm Ave., Sarasota; at 7 p.m. March 26, presented by Inkwood Books, at Four Green Fields, 205 W Platt St., Tampa; and at 1 p.m. April 1 at Haslam's Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
Photographer Chris Buck (Uneasy: Portraits 1986-2016) will discuss and sign his book at 11 a.m. March 26 at Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa....
Need a touch of magic in your life? These three books offer some.
The Book of Magic: From Antiquity to the Enlightenment (Penguin Classics), edited by Brian Copenhaver, is a rich anthology of works that treated magic seriously as an influential part of Western culture, from the Bible to Paradise Lost and beyond.
The Fifth Petal (Crown) by Brunonia Barry is a novel of supernatural mystery set in contemporary Salem, Mass., where a teenager dies suspiciously on Halloween and the town's magical history shadows it; a sequel to The Lace Reader....
When the great Canadian writer Margaret Atwood took the stage in New York City on March 16 to accept a lifetime achievement award from the National Book Critics Circle, she opened with a mordant joke: She was just glad that she'd been allowed across the border.
"I was asking someone, should I leave my phone and computer at home? And they said, 'It depends on how many books you want to sell. If you get arrested, it will be a big news story.' "...
03/21/17 Bars & Spirits
Given the resurgent popularity of bourbon in craft cocktails, it's a wonder no one thought of this sooner. But the people at Stave & Steel did, and the result is their Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 2015, widely available at about $15 a bottle.
The wine's 100 percent cabernet sauvignon grapes are aged for four months in American oak bourbon barrels that have been toasted and charred to enhance the flavor of the liquor....
NEW YORK — The National Book Critics Circle presented its annual awards at a ceremony here Thursday night.
Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood, whose works include The Handmaid's Tale, received the Ivan Sandrof Award for lifetime achievement.
The six book award winners were:
Autobiography: Hope Jahren, Lab Girl.
Biography: Ruth Franklin, Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life....
Philip Beard (Swing) will discuss and sign his novel about baseball at 11 a.m. March 21 at Bookstore1Sarasota, 12 S Palm Ave., Sarasota.
University of Florida history professor Jack E. Davis (The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea) and Eckerd College history professor Lee Irby (Unreliable) will discuss their books at 6 p.m. March 22 at Harbor Hall, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, 1000 Third St. S....
Feminism in the future
In Women's History Month, here are three books about how feminism might look moving forward.
Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions (Knopf) by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a refreshingly straightforward series of short essays from the award-winning novelist (Americanah) to a friend looking for advice about raising a daughter....
One of the many pleasures of Randy Wayne White's series about Doc Ford is the interplay between the minds of Ford and his best friend, Tomlinson.
Ford, a marine biologist and freelance black ops specialist, is a scientist and rationalist. Tomlinson, a Zen Buddhist master and boat bum with undetermined sources of income and a past almost as enigmatic as Ford's, is a mystic whose interest in other realms is magnified by his adventurous drug use....
University of Florida professor Jack E. Davis (The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea) will discuss and sign his book at 1:30 p.m. March 12 at the Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.
Artist and writer Julie Zickefoose (Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest) will discuss and sign her book at 6 p.m. March 14 at Bookstore1Sarasota, 12 S Palm Ave., Sarasota....
Elvis Presley died almost 40 years ago, but he comes back to life in the pages of Bob Kealing's Elvis Ignited.
This isn't Fat Elvis or even Thin Elvis. It isn't Elvis in a spangly white jumpsuit singing bland pop, or Elvis in forgettable movies, or Elvis in a long fog of drug abuse. This is the Elvis that created the legend: young, beautiful, raw and revolutionary, a shot of pure energy into mid-century America....
03/07/17 Bars & Spirits
In some places, folks are still wondering if winter is over. Here in Florida, we've hopscotched right into summer.
That calls for a refreshing white wine, and I found one. Corvidae Wiseguy 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, available at wine shops for about $14, is a mouthful of sunshine.
Corvidae wines are an offshoot of Owen Roe Winery, which has vineyards in Oregon and Washington. The Corvidae line takes its name from the family of birds that includes crows, ravens and magpies — all exceptionally smart, resourceful and playful, and frequently found around Pacific Northwest vineyards....
Most of us who live around the Gulf of Mexico take it for granted.
If we ask questions about it, they're quotidian: Are the fish biting? Is the water warm enough to take the kids swimming? Do I smell another Red Tide?
Occasionally, they're life or death: Will that hurricane come my way?
Jack E. Davis, it seems, had as many questions about the gulf as there are sand grains on a beach (mostly quartz, washed down over millions of years from faraway mountaintops, plus finely ground shell) or feathers on a snowy egret (one of many bird species nearly wiped out by the plume hunters of a century ago, now happily recovered). He has answered a tide of those questions in his splendid new book, The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea....
Tampa Bay Times staff writer Ben Montgomery (The Leper Spy) will discuss and sign his nonfiction book about a Filipina woman's life during and after World War II at 3 p.m. March 5 at the Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library, 3910 S Manhattan Ave., Tampa.
Novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen (Razor Girl) will speak at 7:30 p.m. March 5 at Ferguson Hall, David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets $35 to $55 at strazcenter.org....
Florida is having a moment as a writers' muse. • The Sunshine State's sketchy side has long been an inspiration for crime novelists, but this spring all sorts of writers are publishing books with Florida connections. • One magnificent example is Jack E. Davis' The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea. (See review, Page 2.) • Coming up in the next three months are these 11 books, which are by Florida writers, about Florida or both. Many will be reviewed in these pages....
When Carl Hiaasen speaks on March 5 at the Straz Center in Tampa, he says, "I'll probably talk about the headlines, politics, Florida's role in the national death augur."
Those are subjects he knows well. For more than 40 years, Hiaasen has covered his native state as a journalist, most of that time for the Miami Herald. In his widely syndicated columns, he employs investigative reporting skills and sharply satirical humor to address state and national issues....