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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: Tampa Bay Comic Con authors to sign at Books at Park Place

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    Tampa Bay Comic Con featured authors Larry Correia (Monster Hunter series, Grimnoir series), Jody Lynn Nye (MythAdventures series), Quincy J. Allen (Blood War Chronicles) and L. J. Hachmeister (Triorion series) will sign their books at …

  2. What's Gabe Hudson reading?

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    Gabe Hudson

    When it came to creating the title character in Gork, the Teenage Dragon, Hudson says, it was like Gork just popped up in his life one day. "I felt like I was a tool and Gork was telling the story,'' he said. "Of course, I had to work through the story, but the …

    Gabe Hudson will appear with Matthew Klam (“Who Is Rich?”) at 1 p.m. July 30 at the Oxford Exchange in Tampa.
  3. Notable: Books on screen

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    Notable

    On screen

    Pick up the "now a major motion picture" versions of these film-inspiring books.

  4. Review: 'A Really Big Lunch' a fitting last supper from Jim Harrison

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    As much as I loved Jim Harrison's fiction and poetry, I've always had a special affection for his food writing. Boisterous and erudite and opinionated and wildly sensual, it always seemed his most personal writing, slipping the veil of fiction and the rigor of poems, and rippling with humor.

  5. Review: Laura Shapiro's 'What She Ate' illuminates diets from Eleanor Roosevelt to Eva Braun

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    Dorothy Wordsworth believed that feeding her poet brother, William, was her part to play in a literary movement. Cockney chef Rosa Lewis became a favorite of King Edward VII, who loved her signature dish of whole truffles boiled in Champagne. Eleanor Roosevelt dished up some of the most dismal meals ever seen in the …

  6. Events: Erica Sirotich has a book launch at Inkwood

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    Erica Sirotich (Found Dogs) will have a book launch for her children's book with story time, adoption event and signing at 4 p.m. July 22 at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa.

  7. What's Robinne Lee reading?

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    Robinne Lee

    Lee recently published her first novel, The Idea of You, a steamy story about a mom, a daughter and a singer in a boy band that also serves as an interesting look at both parental and societal pressures. Lee, a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, …

    Robinne Lee, a Los Angeles-based producer and actor, recently published “The Idea of You,” her first novel.
  8. Review: Mississippi sheriff wrangles a crime wave in Ace Atkins' 'The Fallen'

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    Quinn Colson is not having a quiet day at work.

    Formerly a reporter at the then-St. Petersburg Times and the Tampa Tribune, Ace Atkins has written seven novels about the Mississippi sheriff Quinn Colson.
  9. Review: In 'The Late Show,' Michael Connelly graces us with a new character

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    A few weeks ago, a friend who's an avid crime fiction fan asked if I had read Michael Connelly's new book, The Late Show, yet. He was worried that Connelly might be spreading himself thin by introducing a new main character instead of writing another novel about Harry Bosch or Mickey Haller.

  10. Lost book by Maurice Sendak, author of 'Where the Wild Things Are,' discovered

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    Maurice Sendak tantalized the imaginations of decades of curious children with dozens of books, including his classic illustrated book Where the Wild Things Are, first published in 1963.

    Maurice Sendak's classic illustrated book "Where the Wild Things Are" was first published in 1963. [AP Photo | HarperCollins]