Tuesday, September 18, 2018


Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

Colette Bancroft is the book editor of the Tampa Bay Times. She joined the Times in 1997 and has been a news editor, general assignment features writer and food and travel writer, as well as a frequent contributor of reviews of books, theater and other arts. She became book editor in 2007. Before joining the Times, Bancroft was a reporter and editor at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson and an instructor in the English departments of the University of South Florida and the University of Arizona. Bancroft grew up in Tampa.

Joyce Maynard

Joyce Maynard looks back at life with Salinger at the #MeToo moment

In 1972, Joyce Maynard wrote an essay for the New York Times Magazine called "An 18-Year-Old Looks Back at Life." It won her instant fame — and a letter from J.D. Salinger, renowned author of Catcher in the Rye and other fiction, who...
Published: 09/14/18
Images courtesy Pat Lefors Dawson
In 1976, more than 40 years after his original trek, Plennie Wingo walked backward across California for 400 miles, ending at the Ripley\u2019s Believe It or Not! museum in Santa Monica.

Review: Ben Montgomery’s ‘Man Who Walked Backward’ lets readers step into history

Did Plennie Wingo make any progress going backward?That’s the question at the heart of The Man Who Walked Backward: An American Dreamer’s Search for Meaning in the Great Depression, an engaging new book by former Tampa Bay Times...
Published: 09/13/18
Updated: 09/14/18
Woodward’s ‘Fear’ flies off the shelves, Daniels’ ‘Full Disclosure’ waits in the wings

Woodward’s ‘Fear’ flies off the shelves, Daniels’ ‘Full Disclosure’ waits in the wings

Donald Trump's presidency continues to be a gift to the publishing industry.Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward's in-depth report on the  dysfunctional administration, Fear: Trump in the White House,...
Published: 09/13/18
MARK LENNIHAN   |   Associated Press (2015)
Lee Child is one of the world\u2019s bestselling thriller authors thanks to his Jack Reacher novels

It’s no mystery why fans, authors gathered for Bouchercon in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURGLast Wednesday through Sunday, the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel teemed with people who write and read about bloody murder. It was a remarkably friendly and cheerful crowd. Detroit novelist Stephen Mack Jones had an explanation:...
Published: 09/11/18
Photo by Nina Subin
Tayari Jones will discuss her novel 
An American Marriage at the festival.

Times Festival of Reading 2018: Get the full lineup of authors here

A novelist whose book won raves from Oprah and Obama, the scholar who brought Zora Neale Hurston’s long-lost interview with a former slave to print, two Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction writers, a bestselling satirical novelist, a...
Published: 09/07/18
CHUCK GONZALES   |   Special to the Times

Review: Gary Shteyngart’s ‘Lake Success’ a comic tale of a 1-percenter

One night young lawyer Seema Cohen went to a Vogue party hosted by billionaire Michael Bloomberg and there met the man who would become her husband. At first, she wasn’t sure she liked the glad-handing middle-aged hedge fund guy who was...
Updated one month ago

Ray Arsenault’s ‘Arthur Ashe: A Life’ is the definitive account of the activist and athlete

Timing is everything in tennis.Timing can be everything in a life as well. In 1947, Arthur Ashe Sr. took a job as caretaker of Brook Field Park, the largest park for black people in Richmond, Va. It was one of the few places in that deeply...
Updated one month ago
Author James Swain.

Review: James Swain’s ‘The King Tides’ a swift Florida mystery

Most parents of pretty teenage daughters are prepared to see boys mooning over their girls.But the parents of Nicki Pearl are not prepared for the growing number of adult men — all of them strangers — who seem to be stalking...
Updated one month ago
Review: Eleanor Kriseman’s assured debut, ‘The Blurry Years,’ an affecting coming-of-age story

Review: Eleanor Kriseman’s assured debut, ‘The Blurry Years,’ an affecting coming-of-age story

With the first lines of The Blurry Years, Eleanor Kriseman pulls us right into its young narrator’s world:"We could hear them in the walls before we saw them. My mom said it might be mice. We were eating dinner in bed. We would have...
Updated one month ago
Idris Elba has signed to star in the movie version of Tampa author G. Neri's book

Idris Elba to star in film based on Tampa author G. Neri’s book

Have you heard the latest about Idris Elba?No, not the new round of speculation that the acclaimed actor might be the next James Bond. I'm talking about a role he's actually signed for — in a movie based on a book by Tampa author...
Updated one month ago