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.

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  1. Ace Atkins: Voice switches between Colson, Spenser hero-driving crime novels


    Ace Atkins is the author of 15 books, the most recent of which is The Forsaken, his fourth Quinn Colson novel. The first two, The Ranger and The Lost Ones, were both nominated for the Edgar Award for best novel. He is also the author of three New York Times bestselling novels in the continuation of Robert B. Parker's Spenser series: Robert B. Parker's Lullaby, Robert B. Parker's Wonderland and Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot. The former journalist answered questions from Times book editor Colette Bancroft in preparation for Saturday's Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading....

    Author Ace Atkins’ Quinn Colson novels take Western archetypes to north Mississippi.
  2. Times Festival of Reading authors


    2014 Times Festival of Reading authors

    Nathan Andersen, Shadow Philosophy: Plato's Cave and Cinema

    Ace Atkins, The Forsaken

    Joan Biskupic, Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice

    Pam Brandon, Good Catch: Recipes and Stories Celebrating the Best of Florida's Waters...

  3. Serge Storms speaks!


    Tampa author Tim Dorsey has a large and devoted following (some with the tattoos to prove it) for the 17 comic crime novels he has written about Serge Storms, the most recent of which is Tiger Shrimp Tango. As his many fans know, Serge is a peripatetic, charming fellow, a devotee of all things Florida — and, when it's called for, a serial killer. We had a few questions for Serge, and he was kind enough to answer, via email, from an undisclosed location (in Florida, of course)....

    Tim Dorsey’s most recent work is Tiger Shrimp Tango.
  4. Review: Cozy up to a quiet little 'Miracle' by Macomber


    How has Debbie Macomber inhabited bestseller lists for decades and sold more than 170 million books worldwide with nary a vampire, wizard, sadomasochistic couple, futuristic teenage dystopia or serial killer to be found in her pages?

    Macomber leaves all that drama to others, instead offering readers stories that are as warm and cozy as a favorite hand-knit sweater — knitting being one of the Seattle author's enthusiasms. She writes about romance, family and friendship with a gentle, humorous touch, and her fans respond....

    Debbie Macomber’s latest offering is Mr. Miracle: A Christmas Novel.
  5. Review: 'Selected Letters' opens door to Styron's wide world


    William Styron was a prolific author — over a storied career that spanned six decades, he published a dozen books and countless short pieces. Among them, The Confessions of Nat Turner won the Pulitzer Prize, Sophie's Choice won the National Book Award, and Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness helped to bring clinical depression into public awareness.

    Styron was also a prolific and wide-ranging correspondent, as Selected Letters of William Styron demonstrates. Rose Styron, his widow, spent five years on the project following his death in 2007, gathering more than a thousand of his letters into a fascinating volume....

    Rose Styron spent five years working on Selected Letters of William Styron.
  6. Review: 'Deep Down Dark' expertly chronicles Chilean miners saga


    In 2010, when 33 men were trapped thousands of feet underground by a massive rock fall in a mine in Chile, the news went global — and stayed that way for 69 days, until their astonishing rescue.

    One of the countless remarkable things about their story was a pact the miners made while still trapped: "They will not reveal, individually, what they suffered as a group. That story is their most precious possession, and it belongs to all of them."...

    Hector Tobar is the author of Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free.
  7. Events: James Swain to speak at East Lake library


    Book Talk

    East Lake Community Library's Author Showcase presents mystery writer James Swain (Dark Magic) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor.

    Saint Leo University's Speaker Series presents Robert Edsel (Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History) at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Student Community Center, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo....

  8. Review: 'Superstorm' a thrilling, disturbing look at Hurricane Sandy


    Kathryn Miles opens her book with an ultra-wide-angle scene on the night of Oct. 29, 2012, as scientists in the International Space Station peer out the craft's windows. "From there, the cloud cover seemed almost limitless … tightly coiled bands so huge they filled the windows of the station, so thick they showed only the briefest insinuation of an eye. It was the largest storm the planet had ever seen — a storm big enough to consume the entire Eastern Seaboard and beyond."...

  9. Events: NBC News' Tony Dokoupil to talk about memoir, marijuana


    Book Talk

    The Cathedral Church of St. Peter's book talk series presents Tampa Bay Times staff writer Ben Montgomery (Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail) discussing his book at noon Tuesday at the church, 140 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Lunch available.

    Tampa author Tim Dorsey (Tiger Shrimp Tango) will discuss and sign his comic crime novel at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa....

  10. Review: The many roles of 'War Dogs' in Iraq, Afghanistan


    In 2010, while working as an editor of Foreign Policy magazine, Rebecca Frankel came across a photo of members of a Marine battalion and their bomb-sniffing dogs "kicking back" at a camp in Afghanistan. The "unfamiliar sense of contentment radiating from these Marines and their dogs" amid war struck her, and that led to her popular column for the magazine, "Rebecca's War Dog of the Week," and then to her new book, War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love....

    Rebecca Frankel
  11. Notable: Big names on the small screen



    Big names on the small screen

    Three new books look at the lives of people who had a huge impact on television.

    Cosby: His Life and Times (Simon & Schuster) by Mark Whitaker is the first major biography of the comic icon, based on extensive interviews with him and others, published on the 30th anniversary of the debut of The Cosby Show.

    Even This I Get to Experience (Penguin Press) by Norman Lear is a memoir that ranges over nine decades by one of the most influential figures in TV history, creator of All in the Family and many other memorable shows. ...

  12. Review: 'Breaking In' a deft professional bio of Sotomayor


    Joan Biskupic opens her new book about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor with a scene from the annual party celebrating the close of the high court's term. At the June 2010 event at the end of Sotomayor's first year, she single-handedly livened up the usually stodgy affair by salsa dancing, encouraging clerks and justices alike to join her on the floor — and most of them did.

    Biskupic writes that Justice Antonin Scalia, "who could shake things up in his own way, joked as people passed him near the doorway, saying, 'I knew she'd be trouble.' "...

    Sonia Sotomayor, then a Supreme Court nominee, is sworn in during her 2009 confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C.
  13. Review: Robert Olen Butler's 'Empire of Night' a beautifully crafted spy thriller


    Robert Olen Butler earned a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1993 for A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain, a short story collection that grew out of his experiences as a military intelligence officer during the Vietnam War.

    In his recent series of books about journalist-turned-spy Christopher "Kit" Cobb, Butler has set his character's rip-roaring adventures against a different war a century ago: World War I. ...

    Robert Olen Butler
  14. Notable: Cat power



    Cat power

    Cats rule the universe of Internet videos and much more, as these books prove.

    Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!) (Tarcher Penguin) by Jackson Galaxy, host of My Cat From Hell, and Kate Benjamin, Moderncat blogger, offers plenty of tips, projects and photos to help you tailor your living quarters to feline inhabitants....

  15. Events: Tim Dorsey to discuss, sign book in Dunedin


    Book Talk

    Ginger Marks (Complete Library of Entrepreneurial Wisdom) will sign her book at 5:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 9) at PNC Bank, 2498 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater.

    Ann O'Farrell (Kitty's Hive) will discuss and sign her novels about Ireland at 7 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 9) at the Oldsmar Public Library, 400 St. Petersburg Drive E.

    Tampa author Tim Dorsey (Tiger Shrimp Tango) will discuss and sign his comic Florida mystery at 6:30 p.m. Friday (Oct. 10) at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd....