Cheryl Hollon (Etched in Tears) will appear at a launch party for the new book in her Webb's Glass Shop Mystery series at 2 p.m. Dec. 10 at Books at Park Place, 10468 Roosevelt Blvd. N, St. Petersburg.
William Valentine (Cuban Charade) will sign his new thriller at 2 p.m. Dec. 10 at Haslam's Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
Books at Park Place will host a Victorian Christmas Event with several bestselling authors, including Elise Kova (Rebels of Gold) and C. L. Wilson (The Sea King), as well as costumed members of the Tampabay Steampunk Society, from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13 at the store, 10468 Roosevelt Blvd. N, St. Petersburg....
The gift book is a holiday tradition, but what's significant enough to merit a space on your recipient's coffee table?
Classics. Look for a book that captures people, places or things we see as enduring, indispensable, iconic: unforgettable photographs, astonishing architecture, an utterly unique musician, a hugely influential television show, a most magical children's story — and shoes....
With President Donald Trump's decision to slash the acreage of two national monuments in the news, here are three classic books about our system of national parks, monuments and other protected lands.
Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness (Harper Perennial) by Edward Abbey is the 1968 masterpiece of the lion of American environmental writers. Abbey's lyrical account of his time as a park ranger at Arches National Monument in Utah and other travels in the Southwest rings with his passion for the natural world and anger at those who pointlessly despoil it....
The Mini Doughnut Factory has gone uptown.
That's St. Petersburg's Historic Uptown neighborhood, where the second location of the Tampa-based chain opened Monday. The original, at 2109 S Dale Mabry Highway, was opened in 2015 by Patrick and Zezura Ruddell. According to its website, it has sold 1.2 million doughnuts.
The new store at 730 Fourth St. N is easy to spot, thanks to the mural on its south wall of happy people enjoying doughnuts, painted by Tony Krol and Michelle Sawyer of Illsol Gallery in Tampa. The store's pale gray, industrial-style interior has big windows and seating for a few dozen at tall tables and counters....
Histories to savor
In this season of eating, here are three fascinating (and giftable) books about the history of food.
The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South (Amistad) by Michael Twitty is a culinary historian's journey into his own past as well as that of Southern food, which might be the strongest bridge between races. ...
Few deaths are kind, I think, but Sam Shepard's seemed almost theatrically cruel.
A brilliant playwright, author, actor, director and screenwriter, Shepard died in July, at age 73, of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's disease.
For a man whose life was an embodiment of the power of words, dying of a disease that steals its victims' ability to speak and write sounds like tragedy....
For many pregnant women, a first sonogram is a thrilling revelation.
For Cedar Songmaker, the narrator of Louise Erdrich's new novel Future Home of the Living God, it's a moment of foreboding.
"At first there is only the gray uterine blur," Cedar tells us, "and then suddenly the screen goes charcoal and out of the murk your hand wavers. ... There is something about your hand, just a feeling, and I am upset for a moment. Just a hand — but a sense of clarity and power."...
Charles Dickens' best-known and most beloved book almost didn't happen.
In 1843, Dickens, then 31, was already dealing with the downside of international success. He had followed bestsellers like Oliver Twist with several flops and was struggling to support a large family and break through writer's block.
When he came up with the idea of a ghost-story novella about Christmas, then a minor holiday, his publishers said, in effect, "Humbug."...
11/20/17 Bars & Spirits
You've dusted off Grandma's good crystal for the Thanksgiving table. Or you've pulled out all your mismatched stems to have enough for every place.
Now what to pour?
For this most American meal, based on foods native to America — turkey, pumpkin, corn, potatoes white and sweet — an American wine seems the natural choice.
But white, red or sparkling? With a table so full of so many delicious things, any of them could work. Here are some suggestions....
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.
John Cinchett (Vintage Tampa Storefronts and Scenes), Rex Gordon (History of Hillsborough High School), Linda Hope (A Sulphur Springs History), Josh McMorrow-Hernandez (Tampa's Carrollwood) and Michael Wigh (Brandon Florida — Images in Time) will sell and sign their books, with proceeds benefiting hurricane relief in Florida and Puerto Rico, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 25 at Book Swap of Carrollwood, 11738 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa....
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!
Saunders, one of America's best writers of fiction, won the 2017 Booker for his splendid novel Lincoln in the Bardo, which is narrated largely by a chorus of ghosts.
That wasn't the first time he has explored what might lie beyond the veil in his fiction. In 1998, the New Yorker published a Saunders short story, Sea Oak, about post-death dissatisfaction....
Jennifer Egan has a gift for surprising readers — and herself.
"If I knew what would happen in a book," she says, "I wouldn't want to write it."
What happens in her new novel, Manhattan Beach, is a surprise on many levels. It's an enthralling story about a young woman, Anna Kerrigan, working in the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II, whose life takes many unexpected turns....
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.
Seminole Historical Society and Museum presents Andrew Carroll (The War Letters Project) discussing and signing his book at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at the museum, Seminole City Park, 7464 Ridge Road, Seminole. ...
Tamara Lush calls her romance novels, published via app in weekly installments, "snack size reading" for your smartphone. Seung Yoon Lee, founder and CEO of Radish Fiction, calls his mobile platform for books like hers "Candy Crush meets serial fiction."
Lush and Lee will appear at the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading on Saturday to talk about this new paradigm in publishing.
Lush's new novel, Constant Craving, is different from many romances in that it's set in the world of journalism. The female narrator owns a struggling newspaper, and, despite their difficult past, an ex-love offers to save it financially. "That's the most fantastical part," the author says with a laugh....
At the beginning of The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion acknowledges that the audience might not want to hear her story because we don't think it could happen to us.
"It will happen to you," Didion says with a rueful smile, and of course she's right.
That's Didion the character, movingly played by Vickie Daignault in Stageworks' production of the play, written by the real Joan Didion, acclaimed novelist and journalist, and based on her bestselling 2005 memoir of the same title....