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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. Want to feel old? It's been 20 years since the first 'Harry Potter' was published

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    He was so cute: Blond hair, blue eyes and a killer smile. He was dressed in a black robe with a fake scar on his forehead and regaling our fifth-grade class with his book report on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. As a 10-year-old with only the most sophisticated of tastes (give me a Baby-Sitters Club any day), …

    An auctioneer holds a first edition copy of the first Harry Potter book "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" containing annotations and illustrations by author J.K. Rowling. The tale has turned 20,  published in Britain on June 26, 1997. Since then, it has sold more than 450 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 79 languages. (Associated Press [2013])
  2. Events: Taylor Jenkins Reid to discuss, sign novel at Oxford Exchange

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    Book Talk

    Taylor Jenkins Reid (The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo) will discuss and sign her novel about Hollywood at 1 p.m. today at the Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.

  3. Review: Nick White's 'How to Survive a Summer' takes on homophobia at its worst

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    Will Dillard's summer camp experience is a real horror movie.

  4. What's Douglas Brunt reading?

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    Douglas Brunt

    As his wife, Megyn Kelly, takes the spotlight at NBC, Brunt, 45, is busy promoting his third novel, the well-received Trophy Son. The story has Anton Stratis, a tennis prodigy from Philadelphia's Main Line, at its center. While including issues surrounding pro …

    Douglas Brunt and his wife, Megyn Kelly, attend the 2017 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center in April in New York City. Brunt has been promoting “Trophy Son,” his third novel.
  5. Notable: Better living through science

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    Notable

    Better living through science

  6. Review: Julia Glass' 'A House Among the Trees' has many branches

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    Is it possible for an author to be too generous to her characters?

  7. Review: Benjamin Black's 'Wolf on a String' an artful tale of murder, intrigue

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    Benjamin Black can make even murder sound artful.

  8. Events: UT Lectores series continues with four readings

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    Book Talk

    The University of Tampa's Lectores series continues with these readings. Free and open to the public, all begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Falk Theater, 428 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, except for the June 20 reading, which will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, 310 N Boulevard, Tampa.

  9. What's Rhonda Ross reading?

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    Rhonda Ross

    Ross will be the opening performer at Ruth Eckerd Hall on June 22, taking the stage before her mother, Diana Ross. She is the oldest of the singer's five children, and her father is Motown Records founder Berry Gordy. A graduate of Brown University, Rhonda Ross holds a degree in …

    Rhonda Ross will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall on June 22 before her mother, Diana Ross, takes the stage.
  10. Did Bob Dylan prank us by possibly cribbing 'Moby-Dick' SparkNotes?

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    The whole world was gobsmacked when Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for literature last year.

    Bob Dylan accepts the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year award in Los Angeles.  [Vince Bucci | Invision via AP]