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I'm a big fan of Jane Smiley, having read and enjoyed just about all of her books. And I admire the premise of her "The Last Hundred Years" trilogy, of ... Read more »

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  SARASOTA FICTION WRITERS meet at 6 p.m. July 7 at Selby Library, 1331 first St., for a writing workshop with guest speaker Linnea Sinclair, winner of RITA, PERAL and ... Read more »

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Before listening to "H is for Hawk," an unusually beautiful and moving memoir by Helen Macdonald, I knew less than nothing about falconry, and was even less interested. But Macdonald's ... Read more »

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On the night of June 21, 1964, three civil rights workers in Neshoba County, Mississippi, were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan and law enforcement, their bodies dumped at the ... Read more »

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Despite his status as a veritable rock star of the poetry world, Billy Collins opened PoetryLife Weekend at Florida Studio Theatre on Friday with self-deprecating humor before turning slightly more ... Read more »

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A woman riding the commuter train into London every morning gazes out the window of the train at a block of suburban houses. Each day the train stops at a ... Read more »

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It is not poet Billy Collins' goal to get people to write poetry. Instead, he'd like them to read it rather than fear it, and suggests that reading poetry is ... Read more »

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JEFFREY R. ORENSTEIN will discuss and sign copies of "Fixing American Government" at 2 p.m. April 26 at Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main St., Sarasota. www.sarasotabooks.com; 365-7900. TEENS are invited to a ... Read more »

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What happens in Liane Moriarty's best-selling novel "Big Little Lies" could happen in any upper-middle class enclave, but the Australian author has set her story of family secrets and dysfunction ... Read more »

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I'm on a bit of an Australiana kick these days, in part because my younger daughter is an American ex-pat living in Melbourne. So last month I enjoyed listening to ... Read more »

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JERRY MORRIS, collector and authority, will speak on association copies at 1:30 p.m. March 29 at the St. Petersburg College Library / Seminole Community College in Seminole. www.floridabibliophilesociety.org; 365.2169. PROSE ... Read more »

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Wanda Brunstetter does not live in Sarasota's Pinecraft neighborhood, nor is she Amish, yet she's built a substantial career writing books — novels and cookbooks — about the communities she ... Read more »

Three lives collide in Australian author Brooke Davis's debut novel, "Lost & Found," in a story that charmingly combines comedy and tragedy. The story opens with 7-year-old Millie Bird, who ... Read more »

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As a child, my favorite fairy tales were those by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, not just because I grew up near a small Danish community in California, but ... Read more »
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