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Colette Bancroft, Times Book Editor

Colette Bancroft

Colette Bancroft is the book editor of the Tampa Bay Times. She joined the Times in 1997 and has been a news editor, general assignment features writer and food and travel writer, as well as a frequent contributor of reviews of books, theater and other arts. She became book editor in 2007. Before joining the Times, Bancroft was a reporter and editor at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson and an instructor in the English departments of the University of South Florida and the University of Arizona. Bancroft grew up in Tampa.

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


    Book Talk

    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 a preshow event at 6 p.m. July 27 at Books at Park Place, 10468 Roosevelt Blvd. N, St. Petersburg....

  2. Notable: Books on screen



    On screen

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

    The Dark Tower 1: The Gunslinger (Scribner) by Stephen King comes to the screen at last. Based on the first of a series of eight novels, The Dark Tower is first in what will likely be a series of films and stars the mighty Idris Elba as the Gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black....

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


    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.

    So it's apropos that, a year after his death in 2016, Grove has published a posthumous collection called A Really Big Lunch, a title that refers both to a legendary meal recounted therein and to Harrison's entire rich, enthusiastic life of the mind and the body....

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


    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 White House. Eva Braun served Champagne and cake in the bunker before joining Adolf Hitler in suicide. Barbara Pym's novels overflow with enjoyment of everyday meals in midcentury England. Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown's idea of a delicious dessert was sugar-free Jell-O made with so little water it had the texture of rubber....

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


    Book Talk

    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.

    Applications are now available at for authors, vendors and volunteers for the 2017 Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading, which will take place Nov. 11 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg....

  6. Review: Mississippi sheriff wrangles a crime wave in Ace Atkins' 'The Fallen'


    Quinn Colson is not having a quiet day at work.

    In the opening pages of The Fallen, Ace Atkins' seventh novel about the Mississippi sheriff, Quinn is wrangling two somewhat out-of-the-ordinary crimes. First, a couple of men carrying assault rifles and wearing Donald Trump masks burst into the bank in Quinn's hometown of Jericho and rob it with military precision. "Anyone moves and I'll grab 'em by the p-----," one yells at the cowering bank customers....

    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.
  7. Review: In 'The Late Show,' Michael Connelly graces us with a new character


    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.

    Oh, please do not worry, Connelly fans. If anything, the invention of Los Angeles Police Detective Renée Ballard has given him a big juicy shot of energy....

    . Author Michael Connelly
  8. Drink of the Week Vina Almirante Albarino Pionero Maccerato 2014 Rias Baixas

    Bars & Spirits

    Summer is a fine season for seafood, and one of my favorite wines to drink with the ocean's bounty is albarino, a gift from Spain.

    This varietal, which hails from the seaside edges of the region of Galicia, has some of the attributes of chardonnay with a lighter, brighter touch.

    Viña Almirante Albariño Pionero Maccerato 2014 Rias Baixas is a delicious example, available at wine-savvy markets for about $13....

  9. Milo Yiannopoulos self-publishes 'Dangerous'


    Milo Yiannopolous doesn't turn the other cheek.

    The conservative provocateur and self-styled "dangerous faggot" has self-published the book that Simon & Schuster cancelled in February -- and sued the publisher for that cancellation.

    Yiannopolous' career as a tech editor at Breitbart and aspiring conservative speaker-insult comic kicked into high gear with the announcement that his book, Dangerous, would be published by Simon & Schuster. The book catapulted into the news in January when feminist author Roxane Gay, who had a contract to publish her TED talk with Simon & Schuster, withdrew that book in protest against the offensive content of Dangerous, based on Yiannopolous' history of inflammatory, offensive speech against women, Muslims, liberals, Jews, gays and pretty much everyone else except Donald Trump, whom he calls "Daddy."...

    Author and conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos announces his lawsuit against Simon & Schuster outside the publisher's New York offices on July 7.
  10. Events: Daryl Gregory to discuss, sign new novel at Oxford Exchange


    Book Talk

    The Oxford Exchange Summer Spotlight Series presents Daryl Gregory (Spoonbenders) discussing and signing his new novel about a family of psychics on the run from the CIA at 1 p.m. today at Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.

    St. Petersburg Museum of History's Happy Hour With the Historian presents Florida poet laureate Peter Meinke at 7 p.m. Thursday at the museum, 335 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Admission $5; reservations at

  11. Writers in Paradise announces 2018 lineup


    The 2018 Writers in Paradise conference has announced its lineup of faculty and visiting writers.

    Among them are award-winning novelist Russell Banks (Continental Drift, A Permanent Member of the Family) and journalist and fiction writer Ana Menendez (Adios, Happy Homeland!). The conference will take place at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg Jan. 13-20.

    Novelist Lan Samantha Chang (Inheritance), director of the Iowa Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa, will lead a special three-day workshop in short fiction. Literary agent Alexis Hurley and editor Colleen Lawrie will also conduct workshops. ...

    Russell Banks will close the conference.
  12. Notable: Laugh it off



    Laugh it off

    Three new novels focus on people getting through life's aggravations with humor.

    Amanda Wakes Up (Viking) by Alisyn Camerota, CNN co-anchor and former Fox News co-host, is the satirical tale of a young TV reporter who lands the job of her dreams, only to find herself dealing with sexual harassment, political high jinks and more.

    Goodbye, Vitamin (Henry Holt) by Rachel Khong follows the sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant path of 30-year-old Ruth as she leaves her job after a breakup and moves back in with her parents to find surprising changes. ...

  13. Review: 'Essex Serpent' a fascinating modern twist on the Victorian novel


    Just when a woman lays one serpent in his grave, another one turns up.

    As Sarah Perry's enchanting novel The Essex Serpent opens, protagonist Cora Seaborne is newly widowed but hardly in mourning. Her late husband, Michael, whom she married when she was 17 and he much older, had provided her with an upper-class life in Victorian-era London — but at a cost.

    "The neckline of her dress was a little lower than she'd have liked, and showed on her collarbone an ornate scar as long as her thumb, and about as wide. It was the perfect replica of the silver leaves on the silver candlesticks that flanked the silver mirror, and which her husband had pressed into her flesh as though he were sinking his signet ring into a pool of wax. She considered painting it over, but had grown fond of it, and knew that in some circles she was enviously believed to have had a tattoo."...

  14. Inkwood Books making a move to Tampa Heights


    After 26 years in a Hyde Park bungalow, Inkwood Books is moving.

    But fans of one of Tampa's favorite independent bookstores needn't fear. Its new home will be just a couple of miles away, in burgeoning Tampa Heights.

    "I was afraid it was going to get leaked," Inkwood owner Stefani Beddingfield said of the news. She posted about the move on Facebook on Friday after young adult author Leigh Bardugo (Wonder Woman: Warbringer) mentioned her Sept. 27 event at Inkwood's new location on her website....

    The bookstore has been a South Tampa tradition for 26 years.
  15. Events: Jeff Hess, Steph Post to sign their books


    Book Talk

    Local authors Jeff Hess (Cold War Canoe Club) and Steph Post (Lightwood) will read from and sign their books at 4 p.m. July 8 at Book Swap of Carrollwood, 11738 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa.

    Applications are now available at for authors, vendors and volunteers for the 2017 Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading, which will take place Nov. 11 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg....