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Colette Bancroft, Times Book Editor

Colette Bancroft

Colette Bancroft is the book editor of the Tampa Bay Times. She joined the Times in 1997 and has been a news editor, general assignment features writer and food and travel writer, as well as a frequent contributor of reviews of books, theater and other arts. She became book editor in 2007. Before joining the Times, Bancroft was a reporter and editor at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson and an instructor in the English departments of the University of South Florida and the University of Arizona. Bancroft grew up in Tampa.

Phone: (727) 893-8435

Email: cbancroft@tampabay.com

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  1. Great gift books for particular passions

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    Does someone on your holiday gift list have a grand passion, a subject he or she is utterly fascinated by?

    There's a book for that, no matter what the subject. Indeed, there is probably a large-format, richly illustrated book that will make the perfect present — although don't try to stuff most of these books in a stocking or they might crash right through the toe. Here are a few choices from this year's crop of gift books. Happy shopping!...

  2. Notable: Forever Sherlock

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    Forever Sherlock

    While we impatiently await the next episodes of BBC's Sherlock, here are books to satisfy our interest in the Great Detective.

    The Adventure of the Plated Spoon and Other Tales of Sherlock Holmes (Tyrus Books), edited by Loren D. Estleman, gathers a Sherlock story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, several by his contemporaries, including J.M. Barrie, and recent ones by authors such as Estleman and Laurie R. King....

  3. National Book Awards honor stories personal and political

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    The 2014 National Book Awards, announced Wednesday night, honored a poet with a long and distinguished career, a fiction writer's first book, a deeply personal memoir of childhood and a work of nonfiction about the most populous nation on the planet.

    The most notable speech at the glitzy ceremony, though, was a broadside against the publishing industry delivered by the lifetime achievement winner....

  4. Notable: Literary lights

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    Literary lights

    Treat yourself to one of these new books by three of the best fiction writers working today.

    Family Furnishings: Selected Stories, 1995-2014 (Knopf) by Alice Munro gathers 24 recent stories by the Nobel Prize winner and brilliant, quietly ruthless chronicler of domestic life, in a companion volume to her Selected Stories: 1968-1994. ...

  5. Review: Stephen King turns on an electrifying 'Revival'

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    Jamie Morton is just a little boy the first time he meets the Rev. Charles Jacobs. Happily playing with his toy soldiers in the front yard of the Maine home of his large, affectionate family, Jamie is interrupted by a "human eclipse" when Jacobs suddenly appears in silhouette, his body a dark form blocking the sunshine.

    In Jamie's memory, "at that moment everything seemed to fall still" — a stillness that is the first sign of the horror to come in Stephen King's new novel, Revival. Some of King's books drop the pedal to the metal from the first page, but Revival takes another tack, building tension slowly and then accelerating into dread. It's no accident that story about how to boil a frog shows up in this book — at a point when it's too late for the reader to jump out of the pot....

  6. Notable: Funny people, funny memoirs

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    Funny story

    New memoirs from three top comic performers bring the laughs.

    Choose Your Own Autobiography (Crown Archetype) by Neil Patrick Harris is the multitalented performer's clever, engaging interactive book that "puts the 'u' back in autobiography" by letting the reader choose different versions of Harris' life path.

    Food: A Love Story (Crown Archetype) by Jim Gaffigan is a sometimes rueful, always hilarious meditation on one of the standup comic and bestselling Dad Is Fat author's favorite subjects....

  7. Events: YA authors Greg Neri, Madeleine Kuderick at Inkwood

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    Book Talk

    Local YA authors Greg Neri (Knockout Games) and Madeleine Kuderick (Kiss of Broken Glass) will discuss and sign their new novels at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 18) at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa.

    Viviane Thereau Hucker (Growing Up at Sea) will discuss and sign her memoir at 2 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 19) at Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave....

  8. Review: Michael Connelly's 'The Burning Room' a series success

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    How do you investigate a murder when it has taken the victim 10 years to die?

    That's just one of the knotty problems facing Los Angeles Police Department Detective Harry Bosch in The Burning Room, the compelling 19th novel in an internationally bestselling series. The books are written by Michael Connelly, who has a home in Tampa but sets his books largely in L.A., a city he knows intimately from his years as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. (His other series, about "Lincoln lawyer" Mickey Haller, who is Bosch's half brother, is also set there.)...

    This book cover image released by Little, Brown and Co. shows "The Burning Room," by Michael Connelly. (AP Photo/Little, Brown and Co.) NYET805
  9. Review: The wonderfully weird 'Secret History of Wonder Woman'

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    Comic book-born superheroes are so ubiquitous in contemporary culture we rarely think about their origins. Batman, Superman and their peers seem always to have been with us, like the ancient gods.

    Of course, they're far from ancient; even Superman and Batman, the oldest among them, are a couple of decades from celebrating their 100th birthdays. Their real-life origin stories are historical, not mythical — and, in the case of Wonder Woman, wonderfully weird....

    The cover of the book ‚€œThe Secret History of Wonder Woman‚€ by Jill Lepore in New York, Oct. 20, 2014. The book is fundamentally a biography of Wonder Woman‚€™s larger-than-life creator, William Moulton Marston. (Sonny Figueroa/The New York Times)
  10. Events: Michael Connelly to speak at Four Green Fields

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    Elin Toona Gottschalk (Into Exile: A Story of War and Peace) will discuss her memoir about World War II at 2 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 9) at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N.

    The Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading and Inkwood Books present Michael Connelly in conversation about his 19th Harry Bosch novel, The Burning Room, with Times book editor Colette Bancroft at 7 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 9) at Four Green Fields, 205 W Platt St., Tampa. The event is free, but a copy of The Burning Room must be purchased from Inkwood to get a ticket for the signing line and priority seating. To reserve a copy, call (813) 253-2638. ...

  11. Notable: Saluting those who serve

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    Saluting those who serve

    With Veterans Day coming up Tuesday, here are three books that honor their service.

    First SEALs: The Untold Story of the Forging of America's Most Elite Unit (Da Capo) by Patrick K. O'Donnell delves into the little-known World War II origins of the extraordinary military unit that is much in the news today.

    For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice (Knopf) by Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran is a collaboration by the Starbucks CEO and a Washington Post senior correspondent that celebrates veterans' accomplishments in battle and at home....

  12. Q&A: Michael Connelly talks 'The Burning Room'

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    Before he embarked on his book tour for The Burning Room, his 19th novel featuring Los Angeles Police Department Detective Harry Bosch, Michael Connelly talked via phone about the new book and about Bosch, the upcoming Amazon Prime television series based on the books, for which he is an executive producer.

    Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

    In The Burning Room, you give Harry Bosch, who is nearing retirement, a new partner. Lucy Soto is much younger and much less experienced than Bosch. What new sides to his character did you hope that relationship would reveal?...

    Actor Titus Welliver, left, and mystery writer Michael Connelly are working together on the Amazon series "Bosch." (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
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  13. Michael Connelly talks about Bosch, on page and screen

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    Before he embarked on his book tour for The Burning Room, his 19th novel featuring Los Angeles Police Department Detective Harry Bosch, Michael Connelly talked via phone about the new book and about Bosch, the upcoming Amazon Prime television series based on the books, for which he is an executive producer.

    Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

    In The Burning Room, you give Harry Bosch, who is nearing retirement, a new partner. Lucy Soto is much younger and much less experienced than Bosch. What new sides to his character did you hope that relationship would reveal?...

    Michael Connelly, right, has brought Harry Bosch to life in books. Next up for Bosch: an Amazon Prime TV series featuring Titus Welliver.
  14. Review: Michael Connelly's 'The Burning Room' a searing success

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    How do you investigate a murder when it has taken the victim 10 years to die?

    That's just one of the knotty problems facing Los Angeles Police Department Detective Harry Bosch in The Burning Room, the compelling 19th novel in an internationally bestselling series. The books are written by Michael Connelly, who has a home in Tampa but sets his books largely in L.A., a city he knows intimately from his years as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. (His other series, about "Lincoln lawyer" Mickey Haller, who is Bosch's half brother, is also set there.)...

  15. Notable: Srsly?

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    Srsly?

    No. These three books create comedy from furniture stores, science and literary characters.

    Horrorstor (Random House) by Grady Hendrix looks like an Ikea catalog for good reason: It's a spoofy ghost story set in a vast home store called Orsk, where three young employees work a scary overnight shift.

    Science ... For Her! (Simon & Schuster) by Megan Amram is the comedian-writer's gleeful, NSFW take on the silly notion that women can't do science, in the form of a women's magazine with cover blurbs like "Organisms vs. Orgasms."...