Friday, November 17, 2017


Piper Castillo

Piper Castillo

Piper Castillo grew up in Fort Lauderdale and received her English degree from Florida Atlantic University. As a community news reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, she covers north Pinellas County. She also writes the "Nightstand" column for the Sunday book pages and thinks the only thing better than a good read is a day in the sun with her family.

What 's on Elaine M. Hayes' nightstand?

Whatís Elaine M. Hayes reading?

NightstandElaine M. HayesHayes, the author of Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan, said she was a college student when Vaughanís voice first captivated her. "My roommate played a lot of her in our daily life. I remember...
Published: 11/16/17
Don Rolander stands at the pipe organ inside the Prince Of Peace Lutheran Church of Largo.  Rolander  is retiring from the church after more than 40 years of service. PIPER CASTILLO   |   Times

Prince of Peace Lutheranís music director retires after 42 years

LARGO ó The church service was over, but the congregation did not leave the sanctuary. Standing, they watched the man in the white robe, Don Rolander, playing the pipe organ. The song was Allegro Vivo E Maestoso, an intense piece by Dom Hall...
Published: 11/16/17
Safety Harbor may allow medical marijuana to be grown, but not sold, in the city. [AP Photo]

Safety Harbor rejects marijuana plan, sends it back for rewrite

SAFETY HARBOR ó In August, the City Commission appeared to be heading in the direction of allowing medical marijuana to be sold within city limits by directing staff to draft an ordinance for marijuana dispensaries. However, on Monday commissioners...
Published: 11/09/17
What's on Melanie Diaz's nightstand?

Whatís Melanie Diaz reading?

NightstandMelanie DiazDiaz, 22, is one of 85 students whose writing was selected for Challenges to the Dream: The Best of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Writing Awards, an October release from Carnegie Mellon University Press. Since...
Published: 11/09/17
Photo by Michael Lionstar
Nathan Hill's debut novel, The Nix, has been compared to books by John Irving and Thomas Pynchon.

Whatís Nathan Hill reading?

Nathan HillIn the generational story The Nix, Hill, 43, takes the reader back and forth in time to places like the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago as well as inside the World of Elfscape, an online gaming universe. Along the way, we get...
Published: 11/03/17
Harvested sponges dry on the deck of the Anastasi, a traditional sponge boat.DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times

Maritime workers share their wisdom on Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks on Sunday

TARPON SPRINGS ó Taso Karistinosí work aboard his boat Anastasi could seem a bit anachronistic. As a sponge diver in the Greek tradition, he hand-cuts living sponges and harvests them from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. When the water is clear and...
Published: 11/03/17
Author Renee Garrison

Whatís Renee Garrison reading?

NightstandRenee GarrisonAnchor Clankers, Garrisonís new YA novel, mirrors the authorís own teenage years. Itís about Suzette Leblanc, a ninth-grader who moves from Massachusetts to Florida for her fatherís job in a Central Florida...
Updated one month ago
Frank Scorpiniti is the chief executive officer and president of Earth Fare, a natural foods grocery store based in Asheville, N.C.  The Oldsmar location brings the number of Earth Fare stores to 43. PIPER CASTILLO  |  Times

Five questions with Earth Fareís president and CEO, Frank Scorpiniti

OLDSMAR ó Although he doesnít recommend it, Frank Scorpiniti, the president and CEO of Earth Fare, an organic and natural foods grocery store based in Asheville, N.C., likes to say customers can shop his store blindfolded."You can take a buggy...
Updated one month ago
Photo by Benita DRew
Author Doris Weatherford

Whatís Doris Weatherford reading?

NightstandDoris WeatherfordWeatherford, 74, first realized her interest in womenís 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...
Updated one month ago
David Abrams’ new novel is “Brave Deeds.”

What's David Abrams reading?

NightstandDavid AbramsAbrams 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...
Updated one month ago