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.

Salman Rushdie’s ‘Quichotte’ a 21st century take on 'Don Quixote’

Salman Rushdie is the author of
The acclaimed author will talk about the book at Tampa Theatre on Sept. 25. | Review

Pulitzer winner Matthew Desmond to discuss ‘Evicted’

St. Petersburg native Bill DeYoung, the author behind
Bill DeYoung will also talk about ‘Skyway,’ his book about the 1980 Tampa Bay disaster.

Lisa Unger delves into a woman’s traumatic past to find ‘The Stranger Inside’

Pinellas County resident and bestselling author Lisa Unger will launch her new book,
Dark events threaten a new mother’s happiness in the author’s 17th psychological thriller.

Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Testaments’ makes headlines and rips from them

Margaret Atwood's new novel
Fanfare and faux pas surround the publication of the sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale.” But really, it’s all about the book.

Lisa Unger to launch ‘Stranger Inside’ at Oxford Exchange in Tampa

Pinellas County resident and bestselling author Lisa Unger. Courtesy of Jay Nolan
Plus, Tampa’s Sulphur Springs Museum will host Raymond Arsenault for a discussion about ‘Arthur Ashe: A Life.’