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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: Omar El Akkad to discuss 'American War' at Oxford Exchange

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    Book Talk

    Journalist and novelist Omar El Akkad (American War) will discuss and sign his dystopian debut novel at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.

  2. Review: Gretchen Carlson stands up to sexual harassment in 'Be Fierce'

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    Broadcast journalist Gretchen Carlson could have taken the $20 million she received from her sexual harassment lawsuit against former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes and retired to private life in comfort.

    DELPHINE LEE   |   Special to the Times
  3. What's David Abrams reading?

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    Nightstand

    David Abrams

    Abrams served in the U.S. Army for 20 years and was deployed to Iraq in 2005 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. In his new novel, Brave Deeds, he tells the story of six soldiers who choose to go AWOL and maneuver the streets of Baghdad to attend a memorial service …

    David Abrams’ new novel is “Brave Deeds.”
  4. Literary prizes note diverse array of fiction

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    In a world that seems to be growing more tribal and insular by the day, the fall book award season is taking note of books whose themes run counter to that trend, books that look deeply into the experiences of immigrants and refugees, minorities and other outsiders to power.

    Kazuo Ishiguro, the 2017 Nobel Prize winner for literature, smiles during a news conference at his home in London the day the award was announced. Ishiguro, best known for “The Remains of the Day,” was born in Nagasaki, Japan, and emigrated with his family to England at age 5.
  5. Book events: Bhu Srinivasan to discuss 'Americana' at Oxford Exchange

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    Book Talk

    The Oxford Exchange's Spotlight Series presents Bhu Srinivasan (Americana: A 400-Year History of American Capitalism) discussing and signing his new book at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.

  6. What's Steph Post reading?

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    Nightstand

    Steph Post

    Post, 35, grew up until the age of 10 across the street from St. Augustine's famed Alligator Farm. Then her family moved to rural St. John's County. "I was fascinated with that part of Florida. Everything about that rural lifestyle permeates my writing now,'' she said. …

    St. Petersburg resident Steph Post’s recent book is “Lightwood.”
  7. Review: Jeffery Hess' 'Cold War Canoe Club' offers a look at Navy life at sea and on shore

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    Cold War Canoe Club, the new short story collection by Florida writer Jeffery Hess, takes readers beyond stereotypes and recruiting videos to reveal a sometimes thrilling, sometimes funny, sometimes disturbing picture of life in the U.S. Navy.

  8. Sherlock Holmes goes to prep school in Ridley Pearson's 'Lock and Key: The Downward Spiral'

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    Proving once again his amazing adaptability as a character, Sherlock Holmes is the star of Ridley Pearson's Lock and Key series for middle grade (and, of course, elementary) readers.

  9. Prolific author and trailblazing Florida journalist Kit Reed dies

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    Kit Reed wrote her first novel when she was around 5 years old, dictating a tale about a rabbit to her mother and making corrections when her mom read it back to her.

    Author Kit Reed. Times files.
  10. Book events: John Prevas to sign 'Hannibal's Oath' in St. Petersburg

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    Book Talk

    John Prevas (Hannibal's Oath: Life and Wars of Rome's Greatest Enemy) will discuss and sign his biography at 2 p.m. Oct. 1 at Haslam's Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.