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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. Bill DeYoung is one of a trio of St. Petersburg Press authors appearing Friday.
  2. Kate Atkinson's new novel is "Shrines of Gaiety."
  3. Actor Maulik Pancholy is the author of "Nikhil Out Loud."
  4. Madison Lintz, left, plays Maddie Bosch and Titus Welliver plays her father, Harry Bosch, in "Bosch: Legacy."
  5. Author Michael Connelly's latest novel is "Desert Star."
  6. Dennis Lehane will talk about his upcoming novel, "Small Mercies," at the TImes Festival of Reading on Nov. 12.
  7. Charlayne Hunter-Gault
  8. Author Lisa Unger's latest thriller is "Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six."
  9. Dennis Lehane will headline the 30th anual Times Festival of Reading.
  10. Gianna Russo, the city of Tampa's Wordsmith, hosts a Tampa Writers Harvest benefit reading for Hurricane Ian victims and World Central Kitchen on Nov. 10.
  11. Gabrielle Calise
  12. Peniel Joseph is the author of "The Third Reconstruction."
  13. Literary Animal cover
  14. Author Beth Macy
  15. As the authors of "The Cuban Sandwich: A History in Layers" explain, the Cuban sandwich served at Tampa's Columbia Restaurant is a work of historical research, culinary art and cultural awareness.
  16. Oct. 20• Entertainment
    Author David Sedaris will perform at the Straz on Oct. 27 and sign copies of his latest book, "Happy-Go-Lucky."
  17. Tara Lush's latest mystery-romance is "Live and Let Grind."
  18. Charlayne Hunter-Gault
  19. Jodi Picoult
  20. Bestselling author Dennis Lehane, a former St. Petersburg resident, will be a featured author at the 2022 Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading.
  21. Author Randy Wayne White at the defunct gun club he leases near Punta Gorda. He rode out Hurricane Irma there in 2017. He stayed at his home in Sanibel during Hurricane Ian's landfall.
  22. USF professor Natalie Scenters-Zapico will be one of the poets reading in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month..
  23. Jonathan Escoffery, author of "If I Survive You," grew up in Miami.
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