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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 Jewish Festival of Books begins Oct. 26

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    Book Talk

    Mike McIntire (Champions Way: Football, Florida and the Lost Soul of College Sports) will discuss and sign his book about Florida State University football at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 22 at the Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.

  2. Michael Connelly's 'Two Kinds of Truth' is Bosch at his best

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    Harry Bosch's office is a long way from his former desk in the Los Angeles Police Department's elite robbery-homicide squad.

  3. What's Doris Weatherford reading?

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    Doris Weatherford

    Weatherford, 74, first realized her interest in women's studies about 50 years ago as a student enrolled in a summer program at Harvard University. She had begun digging for statistics and other information surrounding female immigrants in America. "I quickly …

    Author Doris Weatherford
  4. Why does Amazon's 'Bosch' feel so much like the books? It's Michael Connelly

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    LOS ANGELES

    Traffic is roaring along Interstate 5, and beyond it a hot orange sunset burns.

    Michael Connelly is pictured on the set of “Bosch,” an Amazon series based off his novels. Shooting for Season 4 is underway.
  5. Events: Omar El Akkad to discuss 'American War' at Oxford Exchange

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    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.

  6. 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
  7. What's David Abrams reading?

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    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.”
  8. 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.
  9. Book events: Bhu Srinivasan to discuss 'Americana' at Oxford Exchange

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    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.

  10. What's Steph Post reading?

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    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.”