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. Steph Post, author of "Holding Smoke."
    Plus, Craig Pittman signs at Tampa’s Oxford Exchange and, with Steph Post, at St. Petersburg’s Tombolo Books.
  2. Isabel Allende's new novel is "A Long Petal of the Sea."
    ‘A Long Petal of the Sea’ is a moving novel of the political and the personal.
  3. Isabel Allende's new novel is "A Long Petal of the Sea."
    Writers in Paradise at Eckerd College also offers readings by Laura Lippman, Dennis Lehane, Billy Collins and more.
  4. Don Thompson and Edwin Nelson Jr. are pictured at the 1928 Gasparilla Parade. Thompson was King of Ye Mystic Krewe that year.
    Here’s an earful: We kids used to scramble for bullet casings, not beads.
  5. Craig Pittman's new book "Cat Tale" focuses on the Florida panther.
    Plus, Witers in Paradise presents its annual evening reading series, with Dani Shapiro, Ann Hood, Michael Koryta and more.
  6. Dani Shapiro's latest memoir is "Inheritance."
    Her memoir ‘Inheritance,' about what a DNA test showed her about her parentage, has sparked responses from many readers.
  7. Valeria Luiselli is the author of "Lost Children Archives."
    Tim Dorsey will also sign ‘Naked Came the Florida Man’ around the Tampa Bay area.
  8. Jeff VanderMeer's new novel is "Dead Astronauts."
    The author of the Southern Reach trilogy mashes up genres and bends time in a darkly poetic new novel.
  9. Tombolo Books features staff picks, photographed on Dec. 19, 2019.
    After 16 years at Malaprops in Asheville, Alsace Walentine spent more than four years designing her Florida bookstore.
  10. Author Sterling Watson, whose new novel is "The Committee."
    Tim Dorsey also kicks off his tour for ‘Naked Came the Florida Man’ in Safety Harbor.