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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama read
to second-graders at a charter school in Washington.Associated Press

Bancroft: Book lover Obama has been an inspirational reader in chief

If you love books, for the last eight years you've had a friend in the White House. President Barack Obama is an avid and sophisticated reader (and accomplished writer) who has put his deep appreciation for books and literature front and center throughout his two terms in the White House. Poets read at both his ina …

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  1. Events: Essayist Robert Rebein to read at USF

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    Book Talk

    East Lake Community Library's Authors Showcase presents Deanna Bennett (Anna: Going to America, Anna: American Journey and Anna: American Dream) discussing her trilogy of historical novels at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the libary, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor.

  2. Notable: The Great Detective

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    Notable

    The Great Detective

    Three new books offer very different takes on the influence of Sherlock Holmes.

  3. What's Nelson DeMille reading?

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    Nelson DeMille

    DeMille says he became a writer not because he felt he had talent, but for the adventure of it. "I equated writers with guys who got to drink a lot, see the world and who got a lot of women. It was that certain generation,'' said DeMille, 74. "I was inspired by …

    Nelson DeMille’s newest book, “The Cuban Affair,” comes out Sept. 19.
  4. Review: John Capouya's history of 'Florida Soul' entertains

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    When we think about classic soul and R&B music, we probably think of Detroit and Philadelphia, Chicago and Memphis.

    R&B singer Hank Ballard had a hit in 1959 with The Twist, which may have been inspired by teens he saw dancing in Tampa. Chubby Checker later had a monster hit covering it.
  5. Two Florida authors are finalists for Dayton Literary Peace Prize

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    The finalists for the 2017 Dayton Literary Peace Prize have been announced, and Florida can boast two authors on the fiction list.

    Guests wait along Main Street USA for Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade at Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom.
(Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/Orlando Sentinel)
  6. Events: Tampa Bay Publishing Conference set for Oct. 7

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    Book Talk

    Registration is open for Wordier Than Thou's first Tampa Bay Publishing Conference on Oct. 7 in St. Petersburg. The conference includes classes, talks and vendors, and readings and signings by local authors including Karen Brown (The Clairvoyants) and Lee Irby …

  7. What's Patrick Ryan reading?

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    Patrick Ryan

    In his collection The Dream Life of Astronauts, Ryan, 52, weaves together short stories of life's promises and pitfalls, with characters ranging from egotistical Miss America wanna-bes to a grandmother, an unsafe driver, who was having an affair with her driver's …

    Patrick Ryan, who wrote “The Dream Life of Astronauts,” is a graduate of Merritt Island High and Florida State University.
  8. Times Festival of Reading celebrates 25 years with Michael Connelly, Kate DiCamillo and more

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    The 25th annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading celebrates its quarter-century milestone with an outstanding roster of authors.

    Michael Connelly returns to the festival, this time with two new novels, The Late Show (with new character Ren?e Ballard) and Two Kinds of Truth, a Harry Bosch book.
  9. What's Christa Smith reading?

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    Christa Smith

    Smith oversees the North Greenwood branch of the Clearwater Public Library System, located in one of Tampa Bay's oldest African-American communities. She has a hefty reading list now; however, as a child she was not a reader. Her passion for books came later. "I didn't …

    Christa Smith oversees the North Greenwood branch of the Clearwater Public Library System.
  10. Review: Bruce Handy's 'Wild Things' a charming grownup take on kids' books

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    Samuel Johnson died in 1784, but what he said about children's books sounds quite modern: "Remember always that the parents buy the books, and that the children never read them."