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Times Festival of Reading returns virtually in November

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Louise Erdrich and iconic crime fiction writer Michael Connelly are among the authors.
Louise Erdrich's 2020 novel, "The Night Watchman," won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. She will be a featured author at the 29th annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading in November.
Louise Erdrich's 2020 novel, "The Night Watchman," won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. She will be a featured author at the 29th annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading in November. [ Hilary Abe ]
Published Aug. 26
Updated Aug. 26

The Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading will return in November for its 29th year, virtual, streamlined and featuring an exciting lineup of authors.

The live virtual events will take place Nov. 8-14, with details about dates and times to come soon.

Several top authors will be joining the festival for the first time.

This year’s winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Louise Erdrich, will be one of our headliners. She won the award for her brilliant, poignant novel The Night Watchman. She’ll be talking about her upcoming book, The Sentence.

Lauren Groff, author of the short story collection Florida and the novels Fates and Furies and Arcadia, will be discussing her audacious new novel, Matrix.

Poet Honoree Fanonne Jeffers will present her debut novel, The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois, the epic story of a Black family.

Bestselling crime fiction author Michael Connelly will return to the festival with his newest book, "The Dark Hours."
Bestselling crime fiction author Michael Connelly will return to the festival with his newest book, "The Dark Hours." [ Beowulf Sheehan ]

Returning to the festival will be longtime favorite Michael Connelly, who will join us to talk about his newest novel, The Dark Hours, featuring detectives Renee Ballard and Harry Bosch.

Also returning is Amor Towles, who was featured at the festival when his bestselling novel, the charming A Gentleman in Moscow, was published in 2016. His new one is The Lincoln Highway, a road trip set in the 1950s.

Two Florida nonfiction authors will chat about their new books. Science journalist Cynthia Barnett’s is The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of the Oceans. Former Tampa Bay Times staffer Craig Pittman’s latest is The State You’re In: Florida Men, Florida Women, and Other Wildlife.

Festival mainstays Ace Atkins and Lisa Unger will return with their annual Books and Bourbon talk, about their latest novels, Atkins’ The Heathens and Unger’s Last Girl Ghosted.

Horror writer Scott Carson is a festival veteran, as mystery writer Michael Koryta. Written under his Carson pen name, his new book is Where They Wait.

Times book editor Colette Bancroft will interview the authors, and each session will include a Q&A for audience members.

Erdrich’s talk will be a ticketed event to benefit the festival. All other events are free, but registration will be required for access. Registration will open in October at festivalofreading.com.