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Piper Castillo - Clearwater Community Reporter

Clearwater Community Reporter

I grew up in Fort Lauderdale and received an English degree from Florida Atlantic University. As a community news reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, I cover north Pinellas County and also write the "Nightstand" column for the Sunday book pages. The only thing better than a good read is a day in the sun with my family.

  1. Sharon Langley, the author of "A Ride to Remember."
    An educator writes a children’s book about a historic moment in her own life.
  2. From left: Justine Miller, 13, Rebecca Miller, 13, Ty Tran, 14, Samma Fagan (librarian) and Jarod Layliev, 15, (all) of Palm Harbor, play a game of Dungeons & Dragons at the new Mark Mazurek Gaming Center in the Palm Harbor Library, which opened in October to incorporate board games, role play games and video games into the library experience.
    Conceived through tragedy, the new Mark Mazurek Gaming Center offers a happy place for gamers to congregate.
  3. Bailey McCall, center, plays Jenna, the title character in the touring company of 'Waitress.'
    While touring with the Broadway hit, she says, she chooses books that are ‘a bit of an escape.’
  4. Singer Crystal Gayle
    She always has sister Loretta Lynn’s memoir ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ on her nightstand.
  5. Susan Goldberg is editor in chief of National Geographic.
    She wrote the introduction to the new photographic history ‘Women: The National Geographic Image Collection.’
  6. Robert Bryndza
    The author of ‘Nine Elms’ finds encouragement in Christie’s ‘disorganized genius.’
  7. USF professor and author Steven Murawski spotted a statue of naturalist Alexander von Humboldt in Havana, Cuba.
    The USF professor also recommends Thomas Friedman’s ‘Hot, Flat, and Crowded.’
  8. Meg Tilly
    In her own romance thrillers, she aims for both darkness and light.
  9. Steph Post, the author of "Miraculum," lives near Brooksville.
    Author Steph Post took a break from writing a crime fiction trilogy to dive into a fantasy world.
  10. Author Rob Sanders
    The author and teacher is also reading about American history.