Monday, July 16, 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.

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Hunter J. Gorskie is an American soccer player who currently plays for Tampa Bay Rowdies in the United Soccer League. (Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Rowdies)

Tampa Bay Rowdies player Hunter Gorskie is reading about better nights and mornings

Hunter GorskieBecause soccer fans around the world will be watching the FIFA World Cup’s crowning game today, we decided to touch base with one of our own soccer players: Hunter Gorskie, the Tampa Bay Rowdies’ No. 27. Gorskie, a defender who...
Published: 07/13/18
Deborah Plant, the editor of Barracoon: The Story of the Last

‘Barracoon’ editor Deborah Plant on discovering Zora Neale Hurston, reading Alice Walker

Deborah PlantWe caught up with Plant, the editor of Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo," a newly published book by Zora Neale Hurston, after her recent appearance at the Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center. The book...
Published: 07/06/18
Author Neal Thompson. (Photo by Beowulf Sheehan)

What’s Neal Thompson, author of ‘Kickflip Boys,’ reading?

Neal ThompsonFor Father’s Day, we checked in with Neal Thompson from his Seattle office. In his new book, Kickflip Boys, Thompson weaves together a story on raising his two independent, passionate sons while giving us...
Updated one month ago
What is Jen Waite, author of the memoir

What is Jen Waite, author of the memoir "A Beautiful, Terrible Thing," reading?

Jen Waite
Updated one month ago
What is on Helen Rappaport nightstand?

What’s Helen Rappaport reading?

Helen RappaportWhile delving into archives and researching her new book about the murder of the Russian imperial family 100 years ago, The Race to Save the Romanovs, Rappaport celebrated the digital age. "I am able to...
Updated: 2 months ago
Photo by John Keon
Judy Blundell

Judy Blundell brings on summertime on Long Island in ‘High Season’

NightstandJudy BlundellSince it’s Memorial Day weekend, we decided to touch base with Judy Blundell, whose new book is High Season. The novel’s protagonist is Ruthie Beamish, director of a small...
Updated: 2 months ago
Author Cutter Wood. (Courtesy of Erin Shaw)

What ‘Love and Death in the Sunshine State’ author Cutter Wood is reading

NightstandCutter WoodBack in 2008, Wood found himself spending a vacation on Anna Maria Island during one of the area’s most intense times. Sabine Musil-Buehler, a local motel owner, had disappeared;...
Updated: 2 months ago
Rachel Slade. (Courtesy of Craig LaCourt)

Rachel Slade talks books, magic hands in the library and the sinking of ‘El Faro’

NightstandRachel SladeIn her new book, Into the Raging Sea, Slade gives an in-depth account of the tragic sinking of the El Faro, a Jacksonville-based cargo ship that plummeted to the...
Updated: 3 months ago
A sculpture of rifles and helmet at Hunter Memorial Park, The sculpture was donated by the Armed Forces History Museum in honor of John J Piazza Sr., founder of the museum.The family of founder John Piazza has acknowledged it has been sold. The pieces to one entity and the land (warehouse space) to a company in Pinellas county. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times

Armed Forces History Museum collection has a new home, but new owner is a mystery

LARGO — The contents of the Armed Forces History Museum have been sold, but no one is ready to talk about the future of the collection of military memorabilia.A collector named John Piazza used his personal collection to start the public...
Updated: 3 months ago
Lee Goldberg

Mystery writer Lee Goldberg, author of ‘True Fiction,’ talks Agatha Christie, and more

NightstandLee GoldbergGoldberg, the author of 30 books, has also been a writer and producer for several TV shows, including Monk and Diagnosis Murder. His new novel is True...
Updated: 3 months ago