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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: Jeff VanderMeer to speak, sign at Oxford Exchange

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    Book Talk

    Bestselling speculative fiction author Jeff VanderMeer (Borne) will appear, in conversation with novelist Weike Wang (Chemistry), at 1:30 p.m. May 28 at the Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.

  2. What's Maureen Seaton reading?

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    Maureen Seaton

    We've bid goodbye to National Poetry Month until next April, but we had time for a quick chat with poet Seaton: "Life can be not only hard but distracting. So for me as a poet, when National Poetry Month comes around, it makes me aware that I'm involved in something …

    Poet Maureen Seaton is the author of more than 15 books.
  3. Notable: Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    Scott and Ernest

    Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, towering figures of 20th century American literature, still inspire books.

  4. Review: L.A. music scene in the '60s rocks again in 'Everybody Had an Ocean'

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    I was 13 when I went to my first rock concert, a 1966 show by the Beach Boys at the long-gone Bayfront Arena in St. Petersburg. After the last song, one of my friends dashed up on the empty stage and nabbed the paper cup left behind by dreamboat drummer Dennis Wilson. We cut it up and shared the relic, swooning …

  5. Review: Sedaris' diaries reveal, but not too much, in 'Theft by Finding'

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    Ever wonder why David Sedaris' life is so much funnier than yours?

  6. Events: Poets Morgan Parker, Erica Dawson at Oxford Exchange

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    Book Talk

    Poets Morgan Parker (There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé) and Erica Dawson (The Small Blades Hurt) will discuss and read from their work at 1:30 p.m. May 21 at the Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.

    Idina Menzel
  7. Here's what 'Frozen' and Broadway star Idina Menzel is reading these days

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    Idina Menzel

    Menzel is known to some as the green-skinned Elphaba from Wicked. Other fans go farther back and think of her as Maureen from Rent, while her youngest fans recognize her as the voice of magical Elsa in the Disney movie Frozen. When we …

    Idina Menzel
  8. Notable: Unquiet minds

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    Notable

    Unquiet minds

    These memoirs tell the heartfelt stories of people dealing with psychosis, anxiety and grief.

  9. Review: 'Ike and McCarthy' brings Eisenhower's role in defeating McCarthyism into the light

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    While making a speech in Wheeling, W.Va., on Feb. 3, 1950, Sen. Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin announced that communists had infiltrated the U.S. State Department. He then wildly waved a list of 205 purported communists in front of an astounded audience.

  10. Defying the norms of graphic novels, 'My Favorite Thing is Monsters' dazzles critics of all stripes

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    It's unheard of in the comic book world for something like My Favorite Thing Is Monsters to be sold out everywhere.

    The cover for “My Favorite Thing Is Monsters.”