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Colette Bancroft - Copy Desk Chief and Books Critic

Copy Desk Chief and Books Critic

I was the kid whose mother said, “Put down that book, go outside and play.” I grew up in Tampa, earned degrees in English at the University of South Florida and University of Florida, and taught literature and writing for more than a decade. Then I switched to journalism, working for the Arizona Daily Star and, since 1997, for the Tampa Bay Times as an editor, reporter and critic. In 2007, I became the Times’ book editor, writing reviews, interviewing authors and helping to direct the annual Times Festival of Reading. I served two terms on the board of the National Book Critics Circle. I live in St. Petersburg with my dog, Marlowe, and cat, Isabel. When I’m not reading, I’m traveling or painting.

  1. One Person, One Vote cover
  2. Eliot Schrefer's latest book is "Queer Ducks (And Other Animals).
  3. Ladee Hubbard's new short story collection is "The Last Suspicious Holdout."
  4. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
Paul Wilborn's debut novel is "Florida Hustle."
  5. Paul Wilborn's new novel is "Florida Hustle."
  6. Avni Vyas' debut poetry collection is "Little God."
  7. Author David Sedaris' new book is "Happy-Go-Lucky."  [Courtesy of Ingrid Christie]
  8. Janette Sadik-Khan is the author of "Street Fight."
  9. Author and historian Gary Mormino, pictured in his office in 2012, is professor emeritus and co-founder of the Florida studies program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. His new book is "Dreams in the New Century." (Times 2012)
  10. Sara Paretsky's new novel, "Overboard," is her 22nd about Chicago detective V.I. Warshawski.
  11. Diana Abu-Jaber's latest novel is "Fencing With the King."
  12. Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, left, plays defense attorney Mickey Haller, and Jazz Raycole plays his driver, Izzy, in "The Lincoln Lawyer."
  13. Heather Sellers
  14. David Sanchez's debut novel is "All Day Is a Long Time."
  15. Mimi Rogers, left, plays Honey Chandler and Titus Welliver is Harry Bosch in "Bosch: Legacy."
  16. Kristin Harmel's latest novel is "The Forest of Vanishing Stars."
  17. Author James Lee Burke's new novel is "Every Cloak Rolled in Blood."
  18. A view of the gift shop at the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement in St. Petersburg. Take Mom to the museum this Mother's Day and let her pick out her present in the gift shop.
  19. Mary Kay Andrews' new book is "The Homewreckers."
  20. Adriana Trigiani's new novel is "The Good Left Undone."
  21. Titus Welliver, left, as Harry Bosch and Mimi Rogers as Honey Chandler star in "Bosch: Legacy" on Freevee.
  22. Gloria Munoz won the Florida Books Awards' gold medal for poetry for her book "Danzirly."
  23. Kristen Hare has updated the third edition of her book "100 Things to Do In Tampa Bay Before You Die."
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