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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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    Ever wonder why David Sedaris' life is so much funnier than yours?

  2. Events: Poets Morgan Parker, Erica Dawson at Oxford Exchange

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    Book Talk

    Poets Morgan Parker (There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé) and Erica Dawson (The Small Blades Hurt) will discuss and read from their work at 1:30 p.m. May 21 at the Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.

    Idina Menzel
  3. Here's what 'Frozen' and Broadway star Idina Menzel is reading these days

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    Nightstand

    Idina Menzel

    Menzel is known to some as the green-skinned Elphaba from Wicked. Other fans go farther back and think of her as Maureen from Rent, while her youngest fans recognize her as the voice of magical Elsa in the Disney movie Frozen. When we …

    Idina Menzel
  4. Notable: Unquiet minds

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    Notable

    Unquiet minds

    These memoirs tell the heartfelt stories of people dealing with psychosis, anxiety and grief.

  5. Review: 'Ike and McCarthy' brings Eisenhower's role in defeating McCarthyism into the light

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    While making a speech in Wheeling, W.Va., on Feb. 3, 1950, Sen. Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin announced that communists had infiltrated the U.S. State Department. He then wildly waved a list of 205 purported communists in front of an astounded audience.

  6. Defying the norms of graphic novels, 'My Favorite Thing is Monsters' dazzles critics of all stripes

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    It's unheard of in the comic book world for something like My Favorite Thing Is Monsters to be sold out everywhere.

    The cover for “My Favorite Thing Is Monsters.”
  7. For Florida author Jeff VanderMeer, giant flying bears are all in a day's work

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    Jeff VanderMeer's latest novel, Borne, is getting rave reviews, and he says he's a little surprised.

    Bestselling author Jeff VanderMeer, who also is a widely published reviewer and essayist, as well as an anthologist, editor, publisher and teacher, is pictured outside his home in Tallahassee.
  8. Events: Jane Plitt to discuss, sign books in Bradenton

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    Book Talk

    Jane Plitt (Martha Matilda Harper and the American Dream; Martha's Magical Hair) will discuss and sign her adult and children's books at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. May 16 at the Women's Resource Center, 1926 Manatee Ave., Bradenton.

  9. What's Jane Alexander reading?

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    Jane Alexander

    Alexander, 77, is recognized for performances in movies (Kramer vs. Kramer), on the stage (Shadowlands) and on television (The Blacklist). She also is a lifelong environmentalist who last fall released Wild Things, Wild Places: Adventurous Tales …

    Jane Alexander released “Wild Things, Wild Places: Adventurous Tales of Wildlife and Conservation on Planet Earth” last fall.
  10. Notable: Between the lines

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    Notable

    Between the lines

    Three new books about books will delight bibliophiles.