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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. SunLit Festival a three-week literary smorgasbord in St. Petersburg

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    The third annual SunLit Festival bills itself as a "literary smorgasbord," and it's not kidding. Fans of literature and other arts can devour their fill during the three-week festival.

    Jane Hirshfield
  2. Interview: Poet laureate Robert Pinsky on his work and the world

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    Poetry, Robert Pinsky says, "goes so deep in us. I've discovered with my grandchildren that if you sing to a baby or recite poetry to the baby, you get the exact same result. They curl up into you and relax."

    Robert Pinsky, who served as the U.S. poet laureate from 1997 to 2000, will give a public reading in St. Petersburg on Monday.
  3. Events: Randy Wayne White has three local signings

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    Book Talk

    Bestselling Florida author Randy Wayne White (Mangrove Lightning) will discuss and sign his latest Doc Ford thriller at noon March 26 at Bookstore1Sarasota, 12 S Palm Ave., Sarasota; at 7 p.m. March 26, presented by Inkwood Books, at Four Green Fields, 205 W Platt St., Tampa; and at …

  4. What's Brad Snyder reading?

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    Nightstand

    Brad Snyder

    In his newest book, The House of Truth: A Washington Political Salon and the Foundations of American Liberalism, Snyder, 44, gives readers a study of the history of liberalism by transporting them back to the early 20th century, to Washington, D.C., and into a …

    Brad Snyder’s newest book is “The House of Truth: A Washington Political Salon and the Foundations of American Liberalism.”
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  5. Notable: Literary magic

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    Notable

    Literary magic

    Need a touch of magic in your life? These three books offer some.

  6. Review: 'House Full of Females' a sometimes surprising history of Mormon plural marriage

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    “Historians like to say, 'No source, no history,' " Laurel Thatcher Ulrich writes in her new book, A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women's Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870. Until not so long ago, the truism could have been: No male source, no history.

    CAMERON COTTRILL   |   Times
  7. Book award winners speak out at National Book Critics Circle ceremony

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    When the great Canadian writer Margaret Atwood took the stage in New York City on March 16 to accept a lifetime achievement award from the National Book Critics Circle, she opened with a mordant joke: She was just glad that she'd been allowed across the border.

    Author Margaret Atwood received the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Book Critics Circle awards ceremony in New York on March 16.
  8. National Book Critics Circle awards go to Margaret Atwood, Louise Erdrich and more

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    NEW YORK — The National Book Critics Circle presented its annual awards at a ceremony here Thursday night.

     (AFP/Getty Images [2009])
  9. Events: Jack Davis, Lee Irby to speak at USF St. Petersburg

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    Book Talk

    Philip Beard (Swing) will discuss and sign his novel about baseball at 11 a.m. March 21 at Bookstore1Sarasota, 12 S Palm Ave., Sarasota.

  10. What's John Oates reading?

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    Nightstand

    John Oates

    If you are of a certain age, he was part of the duo who made you swoon with Sara Smile, and a decade later, Oates, 68, and bandmate Daryl Hall served you a string of MTV-driven hits like Maneater and Private Eyes. Hall and Oates are now gearing …

    Joan Oates is publishing a memoir, “Change of Seasons.” He’s also gearing up for a 29-city megatour with Daryl Hall.