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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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  1. Events: Tampa historians to sign books at hurricane relief benefit

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    Book Talk

    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.

  2. What's Elaine M. Hayes reading?

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    Nightstand

    Elaine M. Hayes

    Hayes, the author of Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan, said she was a college student when Vaughan's voice first captivated her. "My roommate played a lot of her in our daily life. I remember thinking that she had a phenomenal voice, the way …

    Elaine M. Hayes is the author of “Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan.”
  3. Review: George Saunders' 'Sea Oak' makes a dead-funny TV comedy

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    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!

    Glenn Close stars as Bernie in the pilot for Amazon TV’s Sea Oak, which is being streamed through Nov. 30.
  4. Jennifer Egan on how 9/11 led her to WWII and 'Manhattan Beach'

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    Jennifer Egan has a gift for surprising readers — and herself.

    Longtime New York resident Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach is set in part at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, pictured in the background.
  5. Events: Ben Montgomery to speak at Mirror Lake Library

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    Book Talk

    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.

  6. What's Melanie Diaz reading?

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    Nightstand

    Melanie Diaz

    Diaz, 22, is one of 85 students whose writing was selected for Challenges to the Dream: The Best of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Writing Awards, an October release from Carnegie Mellon University Press. Since 1999, the university has held the writing award …

    What’s on Melanie Diaz’s nightstand?
  7. Review: Esther Perel explores infidelity, boundaries in 'The State of Affairs’

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    Thank God for infidelity. It's the one thing this very divided nation agrees on. Per a 2013 Gallup poll surveying moral attitudes, we hate it more than we hate divorce. We hate it more than polygamy. We hate it more than human cloning. We hate it more than suicide.

  8. Tamara Lush talks about publishing romance novels serially, like 'Constant Craving'

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    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."

    Author Tamara Lush
  9. Review: Andy Boyle's 'Adulthood for Beginners' offers funny, laid-back advice

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    Bro, Andy Boyle wants to help you. Boyle's book, Adulthood for Beginners: All the Life Secrets Nobody Bothered to Tell You, is notably laid back for a self-help book. It's less like a hyper, rah-rah life coach and more like a pal offering you a few quiet tips over pizza — which probably makes it more likely …

  10. 'The Gulf' by UF professor Jack Davis wins $50,000 Kirkus Prize

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    Jack E. Davis says that he wrote his book The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea for "the wider range of readers."

     University of Florida professor Jack E. Davis is the author of "The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea." (Photo by Ed White)