Piper Castillo, Clearwater Community Reporter

Piper Castillo

Clearwater Community Reporter

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

The singer, who appears at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Nov. 9, enjoys Stephen King's novels and weighty biographies.

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

CHRIS URSO   |   Times
Novelist Steve Kistulentz this year published his first novel, Panorama.
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.

Gernhard biographer Bill DeYoung finds little new in Petty bio

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.
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...

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

Author and cultural critic Roxane Gay takes the stage Thursday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts while holding
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...

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

Photo by Paul Ward
St. Petersburg author Gale Massey\u2019s first novel is \u201CThe Girl From Blind River.\u201D
Gale Massey Massey, a St. Petersburg resident, is the author of the noir thriller Girl From Blind River. Her debut novels protagonist, Jamie Elders, yearns to get..