Wednesday, November 21, 2018


Piper Castillo

Piper Castillo

Piper Castillo grew up in Fort Lauderdale and received her English degree from Florida Atlantic University. As a community news reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, she covers north Pinellas County. She also writes the "Nightstand" column for the Sunday book pages and thinks the only thing better than a good read is a day in the sun with her family.

Greg Kihn chooses books over the news

Greg Kihn chooses books over the news

The singer, who appears at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Nov. 9, enjoys Stephen King's novels and weighty biographies.
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CHRIS URSO   |   Times
Novelist Steve Kistulentz this year published his first novel, Panorama.

‘Panorama’ author Steve Kistulentz takes a deep dive into reading about Russia

After publishing his first novel this year, the director of the St. Leo University creative writing program is researching his next book with fiction and nonfiction about post-Cold War Russia.
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CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times (2015)
Bill DeYoung, the St. Petersburg native and author of a book about the May 1980 Skyway disaster, at the rest area on the north side of the Skyway Bridge, Tuesday, 5/5/15, near where a memorial to the victims will be unveiled Saturday, 35th Anniversary of the bridge collapse. De Young is behind the memorial which was installed just south of the the Blackthorn Memorial.

Gernhard biographer Bill DeYoung finds little new in Petty bio

Bill DeYoungDeYoung is the author of Phil Gernhard, Record Man, a biography of a record producer with ties to St. Petersburg whose hits included Stay and Snoopy vs. the Red Baron. When we caught up...
Updated: 2 months ago
Author and cultural critic Roxane Gay takes the stage Thursday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts while holding

‘Here we are again.’ Author Roxane Gay talks about toxic masculinity, #MeToo

TAMPA — Roxane Gay walked onto the stage Thursday evening knowing many in the audience had spent the day watching TV, listening to the radio or scanning the internet."Hello, Tampa," she said. "Great to be here on a slow news...
Updated: 2 months ago
Photo by Paul Ward
St. Petersburg author Gale Massey\u2019s first novel is \u201CThe Girl From Blind River.\u201D

‘Girl From Blind River’ author Massey leads a reading life of crime

Gale MasseyMassey, a St. Petersburg resident, is the author of the noir thriller Girl From Blind River. Her debut novel’s protagonist, Jamie Elders, yearns to get as far away from her hometown as possible, but she...
Updated: 2 months ago
Karen Brown
Festival of Reading author mugs,

Novelist, USF professor Karen Brown drawn by the voices of stories of loss

Karen BrownBrown teaches creative writing at the University of South Florida and is the author of several books, including The Longing of Wayward Girls and the short story collection Pins and Needles. On Nov. 17, Brown will be...
Updated: 2 months ago
David Lawrence Jr. is president and co-chair of The Children\u2019s Movement of Florida, president of The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation of Miami, and retired publisher of The Miami Herald.

Retired journalist David Lawrence Jr.’s reading still centers on news

David Lawrence Jr.In 1999, at the age of 56, Lawrence decided to retire from his post as publisher of the Miami Herald after decades in journalism. Since then, he has focused on a life’s passion, advocating for...
Updated: 3 months ago
\u201CMasterpiece\u201D author Fiona Davis. (Photo by Kristen Jensen)

‘Masterpiece’ author Fiona Davis revels in historical fiction by women

Fiona DavisThe impetus for The Masterpiece, Davis’ new book, evolved from a behind-the-scenes tour she took through Grand Central Terminal in New York and information she garnered on John Singer Sargent, who helped...
Updated: 3 months ago
Hachette Book Group

‘JELL-O Girls’ author Allie Rowbottom reading books on identity and culture

Allie RowbottomRowbottom comes from the family that made Jell-O a household name. It was her great-great-great-uncle, Orator Woodward, who bought the formula and patent from a neighbor in LeRoy, N.Y., for $450 in 1899. However,...
Updated: 3 months ago
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Novelist Seth Greenland returns to his roots by setting his new book, \u201CThe Hazards of Good Fortune,\u201D in New York City and neighboring Westchester. (Photo by Barbara Katz)

Novelist Seth Greenland reading works by Hazzard, Abbey and more

Seth GreenlandNovelist Greenland returns to his roots by setting his new book, The Hazards of Good Fortune, in New York City and neighboring Westchester. The protagonist is Jay Gladstone, an heir to a massive real estate fortune, owner...
Updated: 4 months ago