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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 …


  1. Review: David Abrams' 'Brave Deeds' is a stirring, sardonic war story


    With sabre-rattling by politicians in the air, it's a good time to be reminded what war is like for those who actually go fight it.

  2. Review: Ladee Hubbard's 'The Talented Ribkins' finds heroes in Florida


    Not every superhero hails from the Marvel or DC universes.

  3. Events: Photographer Henthorne to present book at Oxford Exchange


    Book Talk

    Photographer Henthorne (Between Worlds) will give a multimedia presentation and sign his book about ocean conservation at 1 p.m. Aug. 20 at Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.

  4. What's Madeleine Blais reading?



    Madeleine Blais

    Journalist Blais spent many summers with family at Thumb Point. It was a beach house on Martha's Vineyard built by her father-in-law, former U.S. Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach. However, as will happen with families, once the patriarch died, the decision was …

    “To the New Owners” is journalist Madeleine Blais’ new memoir.
  5. Review: A quirky look at why humans help, or hurt, each other


    I have a weakness for science made simple. This could be because I am just finishing up the first season of a podcast that explores how adolescents make decisions and how parts of their developing brains may play an outsize role in those choices. For three years now I have been struggling through medical research …

  6. Books pay tribute to Princess Diana 20 years after her death


    Untold millions of words have been written about Princess Diana, so it's inevitable that more would be printed to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her death. Perhaps the most revealing new book, Diana and Dodi: The Truth by Michael Cole, was set to be published in the United Kingdom Aug. 31, but Dodi Al …

  7. Events: Guy Cote to be featured at East Lake Community Library's Authors Showcase


    Book Talk

    East Lake Community Library's Authors Showcase will feature author Guy Cote (Long Live the King: Book One of the Charlemagne Saga) at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the library, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor.

  8. Padgett Powell to speak, sign books at Oxford Exchange in Tampa on Aug. 13


    When Padgett Powell speaks, readers listen.

    Padgett Powell, 65, has been on the faculty of the creative writing program of the University of Florida since 1984.
  9. Review: 'Hitler's Monsters' a chilling look at Nazi obsession with the occult


    Whether you learned about it from watching Raiders of the Lost Ark or, even earlier, from reading Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier's European bestseller The Morning of the Magicians, who doesn't now know that Hitler and Nazi Germany were obsessed with the occult?

  10. Notable: In the time of Trump



    In the time of Trump

    We don't know what's on President Donald Trump's vacation reading list, but here are new books about him.