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Colette Bancroft - Times Book Editor

Times Book Editor

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. Brad, Yadina and Xavier share adventures in "Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum" on PBS.
    The author brings his bestselling biographies for kids to TV with ‘Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum.’
  2. Tom Petty performs in 1999. Author and journalist Bill DeYoung's interviews with the musician appear in "I Need to Know: The Lost Music Interviews."
    Journalist and author Bill DeYoung gathers some of his favorite interviews in ‘I Need to Know.’
  3. Times illustration
    At the 2019 Times Festival of Reading, authors will have stories to tell for everyone.
  4. Author Ellen LaCorte
    In the author’s debut thriller, a random meeting between two women changes both their lives.
  5. Diane Keaton stars in the 1993 movie "Manhattan Murder Mystery."
    In ‘The Big Apple on the Big Screen,’ author Christian Blauvelt writes a cinematic guide to the city.
  6. In 2006, Andra Douglas was a player for the New York Sharks. She later owned the team.
    Les Standiford will also visit Oxford Exchange to discuss ‘Palm Beach, Mar-a-Lago, and the Rise of America’s Xanadu.’
  7. Burt Reynolds poses for pictures outside Tampa Theatre in 2011. Art Levy of Florida Trend had a hard time pinning the actor down for a "Made in Florida" interview.
    The book includes interviews by Florida Trend’s Art Levy with the most interesting Floridians you’ve heard of, and some you haven’t.
  8. Payne Stewart celebrates after winning  the U.S. Open golf championship at the Pinehurst Resort & Country Club's No. 2 course in Pinehurst, N.C. in 1999. (AP Photo/Greensboro News & Record, Tom Copeland)
    ‘The Last Stand of Payne Stewart’ recounts the golfer’s enduring impact on the sport and his bizarre death.
  9. Humorist Dave Barry's new book, "Lessons From Lucy." is about what he's learned from his dog.
    Our favorite funny Florida man will talk about ‘Lessons From Lucy.’
  10. Author James Swain
    Bad things happen in familiar places.