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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: Leigh Bardugo to sign at new Inkwoods location

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    Historian John Prevas (Hannibal's Oath: The Life and Wars of Rome's Greatest Enemy) will appear at a launch party for his new biography at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa.

  2. What's Emily Ziff Griffin reading?

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    Emily Ziff Griffin

    Griffin's first YA novel, Light Years, concerns Luisa, a young woman on the brink of a career as a computer coder who finds herself in the middle of stopping a deadly virus. "The seed of this book comes from my own experience seeing my father die of AIDS as …

    “Light Years” was Emily Ziff Griffin’s first YA novel.
  3. Notable: Beloved books

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    Beloved books

    Kids and adults will enjoy these new illustrated editions of classic books.

  4. Review: Stephen King and son Owen create a terrifying world without women in 'Sleeping Beauties'

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    The evening after Hurricane Irma howled through town, I sat on my front porch in my deeply dark, eerily quiet neighborhood in St. Petersburg, reading by flashlight.

    Sleeping Beauties is the first published collaboration between Owen King, above, and dad Stephen King, top. They’ve produced a seamless, scary, satisfying story.
  5. Events: Essayist Robert Rebein to read at USF

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    East Lake Community Library's Authors Showcase presents Deanna Bennett (Anna: Going to America, Anna: American Journey and Anna: American Dream) discussing her trilogy of historical novels at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the libary, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor.

  6. Notable: The Great Detective

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    The Great Detective

    Three new books offer very different takes on the influence of Sherlock Holmes.

  7. What's Nelson DeMille reading?

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    Nelson DeMille

    DeMille says he became a writer not because he felt he had talent, but for the adventure of it. "I equated writers with guys who got to drink a lot, see the world and who got a lot of women. It was that certain generation,'' said DeMille, 74. "I was inspired by …

    Nelson DeMille’s newest book, “The Cuban Affair,” comes out Sept. 19.
  8. Review: John Capouya's history of 'Florida Soul' entertains

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    When we think about classic soul and R&B music, we probably think of Detroit and Philadelphia, Chicago and Memphis.

    R&B singer Hank Ballard had a hit in 1959 with The Twist, which may have been inspired by teens he saw dancing in Tampa. Chubby Checker later had a monster hit covering it.
  9. Two Florida authors are finalists for Dayton Literary Peace Prize

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    The finalists for the 2017 Dayton Literary Peace Prize have been announced, and Florida can boast two authors on the fiction list.

    Guests wait along Main Street USA for Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade at Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom.
(Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/Orlando Sentinel)
  10. Events: Tampa Bay Publishing Conference set for Oct. 7

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    Book Talk

    Registration is open for Wordier Than Thou's first Tampa Bay Publishing Conference on Oct. 7 in St. Petersburg. The conference includes classes, talks and vendors, and readings and signings by local authors including Karen Brown (The Clairvoyants) and Lee Irby …