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.

Colson Whitehead’s novel The Nickel Boys draws power from a real Florida story

At the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, countless boys were brutally beaten by staff members over the years in a building called the White House. It appears in Colson Whitehead’s novel “The Nickel Boys.” [Times, 2008]
The new book by the award-winning author of “The Underground Railroad” was inspired by reporting on the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna.

It’s tough to tell crime from politics in Ace Atkins’ ‘The Shameless’

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The ninth novel about Mississippi Sheriff Quinn Colson digs into long-ago deaths and current corruption.

Maureen Callahan’s ‘American Predator’ is a bone-chilling portrait of a monster

Israel Keyes was charged in the abduction and killing of Alaska barista Samantha Koenig. [Anchorage Police Department/AP]
The true-crime story of Israel Keyes brings a little-known serial killer out of the dark.

Monique Fields to sign her children’s book ‘Honeysmoke’ in Tampa

The book jacket for “Honeysmoke” by Monique Fields. [Imprint]
In Dunedin, Kip Koelsch also discusses ‘Delphys Rising,’ his speculative fiction thriller.

The irresistible Jackson Brodie returns in Kate Atkinson’s ‘Big Sky’

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The empathetic private investigator uncovers big crimes in a small town.