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. Author Ace Atkins
  2. Author Michael Connelly began working on new novel in December.
  3. Ladee Hubbard's second novel is "The Rib King."
  4. Emily Bernard ("Black Is the Body") is a new member of the faculty of Writers in Paradise in 2021.
  5. Hamnet cover
  6. Dolly Parton performs at the 2019 Country Music Association Awards in Nashville. Her new book is "Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics."
  7. Historians Jack Davis, left, and Ray Arsenault attend a party in 1996.
  8. Ray Arsenault, the John Hope Franklin Professor of History and Florida Studies co-founder at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, is retiring after 40 years at the university, at his office in the historic Snell House, on campus, Monday, Dec. 7, 2020 in St. Petersburg.
  9. Former President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event in Florida in October. He published his memoir "A Promised Land" on Nov. 17.
  10. Browse Tombolo Books in St. Petersburg for works by local authors.
  11. Bryan Washington's first novel is "Memorial."
  12. Festival of Reading illustration
  13. Nov. 13, 2020• Books
    Jess Walter's new novel is "The Cold Millions."
  14. This year is easier than ever to hear from your favorite authors at the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading.
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  16. Gregory Maguire's new book is "A Wild Winter Swan."
  17. Author Brad Meltzer
  18. Nina makes an amazing discovery in "The Popper Penguin Rescue."
  19. Mary Kay Andrews' new book is "Hello, Summer."
  20. Cheryl Hollon's new mystery is "Still Life Painting."
  21. Kristin Harmel's latest novel is "The Book of Lost Names."
  22. Naturalist Susan Cerulean's new book is "I Have Been Assigned the Single Bird: A Daughter's Memoir."