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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. What's David Crosby reading?

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    David Crosby

    We caught up with Crosby, 76, by phone on Nov. 14, the morning after he performed at the City Winery in Boston. The two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, social activist and outspoken Twitter user will be returning to Florida, performing at the Capitol Theatre on Dec. 9, marking …

    David Crosby will perform at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Dec. 9.
  2. Louise Erdrich's 'Future Home of the Living God' a dystopian thriller about evolutionary breakdown

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    For many pregnant women, a first sonogram is a thrilling revelation.

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  3. How 'A Christmas Carol' was born

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    Charles Dickens' best-known and most beloved book almost didn't happen.

    Christopher Plummer (right) stars as Ebenezer Scrooge and Dan Stevens stars as Charles Dickens in director Bharat Nalluri?€š€™s THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS, a Bleecker Street release.
  4. Events: Tampa historians to sign books at hurricane relief benefit

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    Book Talk

    Nancy Christie (Rut-Busting Book for Writers) will sign her book at 11 a.m. Nov. 20 at 321 Books, 6901 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

  5. What's Elaine M. Hayes reading?

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    Elaine M. Hayes

    Hayes, the author of Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan, said she was a college student when Vaughan's voice first captivated her. "My roommate played a lot of her in our daily life. I remember thinking that she had a phenomenal voice, the way …

    Elaine M. Hayes is the author of “Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan.”
  6. Review: George Saunders' 'Sea Oak' makes a dead-funny TV comedy

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    Recently, George Saunders won the Man Booker Prize, one of the world's most prestigious literary awards.

    And now he has a TV show about zombies!

    Glenn Close stars as Bernie in the pilot for Amazon TV’s Sea Oak, which is being streamed through Nov. 30.
  7. Jennifer Egan on how 9/11 led her to WWII and 'Manhattan Beach'

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    Jennifer Egan has a gift for surprising readers — and herself.

    Longtime New York resident Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach is set in part at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, pictured in the background.
  8. Events: Ben Montgomery to speak at Mirror Lake Library

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    Book Talk

    Friends of the Mirror Lake Library presents former Tampa Bay Times writer Ben Montgomery (The Leper Spy) discussing and signing his book at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the library, 280 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg.

  9. What's Melanie Diaz reading?

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    Melanie Diaz

    Diaz, 22, is one of 85 students whose writing was selected for Challenges to the Dream: The Best of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Writing Awards, an October release from Carnegie Mellon University Press. Since 1999, the university has held the writing award …

    What’s on Melanie Diaz’s nightstand?
  10. Review: Esther Perel explores infidelity, boundaries in 'The State of Affairs’

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    Thank God for infidelity. It's the one thing this very divided nation agrees on. Per a 2013 Gallup poll surveying moral attitudes, we hate it more than we hate divorce. We hate it more than polygamy. We hate it more than human cloning. We hate it more than suicide.