One for the Books: 20th Annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading
For two decades, the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading has celebrated books with author talks, a street festival and book sale. This year's main event is Saturday, Oct. 20, at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Join Carson Cooper for a conversation with Tampa Bay Times book editor Colette Bancroft. We'll also hear readings from three participating authors, visit Inkwood Books in South Tampa and hear what's on the nightstands of WUSF listeners. To see the full schedule, go to festivalofreading.com. And to see a slideshow of local librarians' favorite places to curl up with a good book, click here.
Journalist Saundra Amrhein reads an excerpt from her book "Green Card Stories," which features profiles of 50 immigrants from around the world. Amrhein, a Brandon resident, is completing a master’s degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of South Florida.
Eliot Schrefer reads from his new novel "Endangered," about a girl who must save a group of bonobos--and herself--from a violent coup in the Congo. The book is a National Book Award finalist for young people's literature. Schrefer, a graduate of 1997 graduate of Countryside High School, now lives in New York City.
Peter Meinke, poet laureate of St. Petersburg and a fellow in the Florida Studies Program at USF St. Petersburg, reads his poem "In Gentler Times." Meinke is the author of “The Shape of Poetry: A Practical Guide to Writing and Reading Poems.” reads his poem “In Gentler Times.”
Orlando journalist Bob Kealing reads from his book "Calling Me Home: Gram Parsons and the Roots of Country Rock."
Karen Brown, creative writing instructor at the University of South Florida and author of “Little Sinners,” a collection of short stories, reads an excerpt from the title story, “The Longings of Wayward Girls." The story will be turned into a novel, set to be published next summer.
Tampa author Enid Shomer reads an excerpt from her debut novel, "The Twelve Rooms of the Nile." This recording was done before a live audience at Inkwood Books in South Tampa.