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.

Raymond Arsenault, Randy Wayne White win Florida Humanities Council’s Lifetime Achievement award

Raymond Arsenault is one of two winners of the Florida Humanities Council’s 2019 Florida Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing. (Times file)
Arsenault, an eminent civil rights historian, and White, a bestselling crime fiction writer, both find inspiration in Florida’s unique history.

Marlon James’ ‘Black Leopard Red Wolf’ is his African ‘Game of Thrones,’ and more

Black Leopard, Red Wolf: The Dark Star Trilogy: Book 1
This dazzling, beautifully written fantasy novel is set on a continent full of Wakandas, in a mythical world of violence, sex and magic.

In Dani Shapiro’s ‘Inheritance,’ a DNA test changes everything

Dani Shapiro, right, visited Hawaii in 1966 with her parents, Irene and Paul Shapiro. Her new memoir is Inheritance. (Courtesy of Dani Shapiro)
When the author learns that the man who raised her was not her father, she seeks answers: Who is her father, and who is she?

Florida author Steph Post talks about her new novel ‘Miraculum’

ALICE HERDEN   |   Special to the Times
Author Steph Post relaxes outside with Persephone, one of her many popular Instagram chickens.
The enthralling Southern gothic fantasy, set in a traveling circus, is her fourth book, but the first for which she's had to apologize to her chickens.

Bring the pain: a new erotic novel from E.L. James is on the way

'The Mister' will be published in April, James' first book since her 'Fifty Shades of Grey' series dominated bestseller lists starting in 2012.