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Poet Patricia Smith’s readings smolder with the fire this time

Poet Patricia Smith’s readings smolder with the fire this time

The page and the performance, the personal and the political all merge in the crucible of Patricia Smith’s poetry.Earlier this month, Smith gave a mesmerizing, moving reading at the University of Tampa from her latest collection of poems, Incendiary ...
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Review: Luis Urrea paints a loving portrait of a Mexican-American family in ‘House of Broken Angels’

Review: Luis Urrea paints a loving portrait of a Mexican-American family in ‘House of Broken Angels’

A man dying of cancer plans his own 74th birthday party. Then his mother dies and he has to hold her funeral on the same weekend.That might not seem like a setup for a warmly hilarious novel, but The House of Broken Angels is, delightfully, just that...
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Brandon author Rob Sanders wins Florida Book Awards gold medals

Brandon author Rob Sanders wins Florida Book Awards gold medals

Annual awards laud the work of Florida authorsBrandon author Rob Sanders scored big in the 12th annual Florida Book Awards, receiving the Gwen P. Reichert Gold Medal Award for Younger Children’s Literature and the gold medal for young children’s lite...
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Bancroft: How do we process #MeToo allegations against author Sherman Alexie?

Bancroft: How do we process #MeToo allegations against author Sherman Alexie?

On Feb. 11, Sherman Alexie was named winner of the prestigious Carnegie Award for nonfiction for his bestselling, critically acclaimed 2017 memoir, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me.A month later, his career was in jeopardy, the book’s paperback publ...
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Jeff Klinkenberg talks about his new book, ‘Son of Real Florida’

Jeff Klinkenberg talks about his new book, ‘Son of Real Florida’

Jeff Klinkenberg still isn’t tired of writing about Florida.For almost four decades, he wrote the Real Florida column for the Tampa Bay Times, rich portraits of the people and places that make the state unique. Klinkenberg left the Times in 2014. Thi...
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George Saunders delivers speech to packed house at AWP convention in Tampa

George Saunders delivers speech to packed house at AWP convention in Tampa

TAMPA — "Art for me is a kind of compassion training wheels," George Saunders said. "I can’t always do it in real life, but I can do it in fiction."Compassion was the theme of the bestselling novelist’s keynote speech Thursday night before a standing...
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Review: Doc Ford chases pirates historical and modern in Randy Wayne White’s ‘Caribbean Rim’

Review: Doc Ford chases pirates historical and modern in Randy Wayne White’s ‘Caribbean Rim’

Maybe we should get Doc Ford a silver snorkel.Caribbean Rim is Florida author Randy Wayne White’s 25th novel about Marion "Doc" Ford, marine biologist and freelance investigator-spy, and that’s a significant milestone in the realm of crime fiction se...
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Review: ‘Conspiracy’ looks at the case of Hulk Hogan’s sex tape and an empty victory over Gawker

Review: ‘Conspiracy’ looks at the case of Hulk Hogan’s sex tape and an empty victory over Gawker

In this age when people compete to be contrarian, it’s rare to encounter a genuinely startling proposition. That’s what makes the premise of Ryan Holiday’s Conspiracy such a delight. It takes real chutzpah, during an investigation into possible collu...
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Steve Kistulentz talks about his novel ‘Panorama,’ plane crashes, politics and teaching

Steve Kistulentz talks about his novel ‘Panorama,’ plane crashes, politics and teaching

SAFETY HARBORSteve Kistulentz is excited about the publication of his first novel on Tuesday."I’m proud of the book," he says of Panorama, "and I hope it finds an audience, although I wouldn’t recommend reading it at the gate before a flight."He’s jo...
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AWP convention brings thousands of writers, teachers, students and more to Tampa

AWP convention brings thousands of writers, teachers, students and more to Tampa

A literary reading at venerable downtown Tampa dive bar the Hub? What’s going on here?The largest literary conference in North America, that’s what: the Association of Writers & Writing Programs annual convention. For the first time, this national me...
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