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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: Bob Woodward to speak at Mahaffey

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    Book Talk

    Author and journalist Roy Peter Clark (Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer) will lead a workshop, "How to Read Like a Writer," at 2 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Tickets $5.

  2. Notable: Books from those countries

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    Books from those countries

  3. Review: Tim Dorsey's 'The Pope of Palm Beach' reveals a sweeter side of Serge Storms

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    It's an odd thing to say about a book in the Serge Storms series, but The Pope of Palm Beach is really kind of sweet.

  4. 'Fire and Fury' burns up bestseller lists

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    When author Michael Wolff was interviewed on the Today show about his book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Savannah Guthrie asked him how he felt about President Donald Trump's attacks on it. Wolff responded, "Where do I send the box of chocolates?"

  5. Review: Ellsberg's 'Doomsday Machine' an all too timely history of U.S. nuclear weapons

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    Secretary of State Henry Kissinger once called U.S. Defense Department analyst Daniel Ellsberg "the most dangerous man in America."

  6. Events: Writers in Paradise features Banks, Lippman, more

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    Book Talk

    The Writers in Paradise evening readings continue this week. All readings will take place in the Miller Auditorium at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Books will be available for purchase on site. All readings are free and open to the public. writersinparadise.com.

  7. Andre Dubus III reads to 'sink more deeply' into the human condition

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    Andre Dubus III

    Eckerd College's Writers in Paradise conference takes place this week, and one of the returning faculty members is Andre Dubus III. Dubus is the author of six books, including Bluesman, Townie and two novels turned films, The Garden of Last …

  8. Notable: Books on Trump, one year in

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    One year in

    With the first anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration approaching, here are new books about him.

  9. Steph Post's Florida noir 'Walk in the Fire' a sizzling sequel to 'Lightwood'

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    In Steph Post's new novel, Walk in the Fire, there's a young aspiring criminal with a gift for astute observation.

  10. Former Times columnist Klinkenberg named Florida Folk Heritage Award winner

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    Raise a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice and toast former Tampa Bay Times columnist Jeff Klinkenberg. This week, he was announced as one of three 2018 winners of the Florida Folk Heritage Awards.