Colette Bancroft, Book Editor

Colette Bancroft

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.

Casey Cep’s ‘Furious Hours’ a fascinating story of the book Harper Lee never published

Author Harper Lee, left, is pictured with her sisters, Alice Lee and Louise Conner, in 1983. [Eufala Tribune, 1983]
The true story of a small-town serial killer caught the attention of the author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ but whether she ever wrote the book is still a mystery.

What’s happening in Tampa Bay books: Catch Paul Wilborn reading from ‘Cigar City’ at Museum of Fine Arts

Paul Wilborn poses for a portrait near La France in Tampa historic district Ybor City. The author discusses and signs his debut book, ‘Cigar City: Tales From a 1980s Creative Ghetto,’ at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, on Thursday. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
St. Petersburg preserve Weedon Island will also host Steph Post as she discusses and signs her novel ‘Miraculum.’

‘Silence of the Lambs’ author Thomas Harris returns with dark tale ‘Cari Mora’

Book jacket for Thomas Harris’ novel “Cari Mora”
The story pits a fierce young refugee against a sadistic sex trafficker in this fast-paced thriller.

What's happening in Tampa Bay books: JL Pickering, John Bisney to discuss 'Picturing Apollo 11' at Oxford Exchange

On Monday, 'Picturing Apollo 11' authors John Bisney and JL Pickering's photographic history of the 1969 space mission takes center stage at Oxford Exchange in Tampa.
Bestselling novelist Wendy Wax will also sign 'My Ex-Best Friend's Wedding' at Bookstore1Sarasota.

Michael Koryta’s ‘If She Wakes’ builds a fast-paced mystery around locked-in syndrome

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A car crash leaves a young woman fully aware but unable to communicate as danger grows around her in the writer’s intense 14th thriller.