Colette Bancroft - Books Critic

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. NBCC fiction finalists
  2. "Bye Bye Baby" is author Ace Atkins' 10th and last book in the Spenser series originated by Robert B. Parker.
  3. Laura Lippman's new book is the short story collection "Seasonal Work."
  4. Dec. 29, 2021• Books
    Author Joan Didion poses in 2005 in her New York apartment. Didion, the revered author and essayist whose provocative social commentary and detached, methodical literary voice made her a uniquely clear-eyed critic of a uniquely turbulent time, has died. She was 87.
  5. Dec. 23, 2021• Books
    Mermaid Confidential cover
  6. Dec. 23, 2021• Books
    "Harlem Shuffle" by Colson Whitehead.
  7. Dec. 16, 2021• Books
    "Orwell's Roses" by Rebecca Solnit.
  8. Gary Shteyngart's new novel is "Our Country Friends." (Photo by Brigitte Lacombe)
  9. "Cold Brew Corpse" is the latest novel by Tara Lush (pen name of St. Petersburg writer Tamara Lush).
  10. Bid on a virtual visit to your book club by Carl Hiaasen at the First Amendment Foundation auction.
  11. Ann Patchett's new book is the essay collection "These Precious Days."
  12. Nov. 17, 2021• Life & Culture
    Local author Steph Post is also an artist. These holiday cards are available at her Etsy shop, The Imaginary Bird.
  13. Titus Welliver will continue in the role of Harry Bosch, now a private detective, in the spinoff series "Bosch: Legacy."
  14. Louise Erdrich bw photo
  15. Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading 2021
  16. Louise Erdrich's new novel is "The  Sentence."
  17. Author Michael Connelly's new novel is "The Dark Hours."
  18. Singer Mick Jagger, center, guitarist Ron Wood, left, and drummer Steve Jordan of the Rolling Stones perform during the No Filter tour at Raymond James Stadium on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 in Tampa.
  19. Author Michael Koryta
  20. Louise Erdrich's new novel is "The Sentence."
  21. September 14, 2021, New York, NY, USA: Theatrelovers enter the Richard Rodgers Theatre in the Theater District in Times Square in New York on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 for the reopening of the musical Hamilton. Masks and vaccinations were required for the attendees, pleased to experience live theater again. (Â Richard B. Levine) (Credit Image: © Richard B. Levine/Levine Roberts via ZUMA Press)
  22. Louise Penny, left, and Hillary Rodham Clinton co-authored the thriller "State of Terror."