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. Pinellas County resident and bestselling author Lisa Unger will launch her new book, "The Stranger Inside," on Tuesday.
    Dark events threaten a new mother’s happiness in the author’s 17th psychological thriller.
  2. Margaret Atwood's new novel "The Testaments" is a sequel to her powerful and prescient "The Handmaid's Tale."
    Fanfare and faux pas surround the publication of the sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale.” But really, it’s all about the book.
  3. Pinellas County resident and bestselling author Lisa Unger.
    Plus, Tampa’s Sulphur Springs Museum will host Raymond Arsenault for a discussion about ‘Arthur Ashe: A Life.’
  4. Humorist Dave Barry's new book, "Lessons From Lucy." is about what he's learned from his dog.
    It’s a power-packed lineup for the area’s signature book event.
  5. Margaret Atwood will publish "The Testaments," her sequel to "The Handmaid's Tale," on Tuesday.
    Volunteers and vendors can also apply for the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading.
  6. Some of Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders at the Henry B. Plant's Tampa Bay Hotel (now the University of Tampa) where they were staying before embarking to Cuba and history, 1898.
    Clay Risen’s engaging, detailed history makes a stop in Tampa in its account of a pivotal battle in Cuba.
  7. Author Edwidge Danticat will be at the 2019 Times Festival of Reading to talk about her latest book, Everything Inside. Photo by Lynn Savarese.
    In Florida, in Haiti and elsewhere, her finely drawn characters cope with loss and look toward new lives.
  8. Tampa organized crime boss Santo Trafficante Jr. is pictured at the Sans Souci nightsclub in Havana, Cuba. [Skyhorse Publishing/Library of Congress]
  9. Haslam’s Book Store in St. Petersburg. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE   |   Times]
  10. Next week, Cheryl Hollon will talk about and sign “Shattered at Sea,” her latest mystery. [Courtesy of Cheryl Hollon]