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For 25 years, Bill Maxwell wrote a column for the then-St. Petersburg Times and the Tampa Bay Times. His award-winning columns were also syndicated, appearing in more than 200 newspapers worldwide. Maxwell’s voice was among the most recognizable on the Times’ pages, not only for his clear and powerful writing but for his direct attack. He did not dance around issues, even the most contentious ...

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"Night Letter" by Sterling Watson; Akashic (304 pages, $28.95) ——— Like the heroes (or antiheroes) of many noir novels, Travis Hollister is a hopeless romantic at heart. But you might not want to get a valentine from him. The reader meets 18-year-old Travis as he’s about to be released after six years in a reform school in Nebraska. In his first-person narration, he’s open about a lot of ...

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Based on the numbers from recent publishing years, we can expect a million, or maybe 2 million, new books to be published in 2023. Nobody can keep up with all of them, not even your hardworking book editor. But here are some of the standout titles I’m looking forward to this year. (Publication dates are subject to change.) January The first batch of bestsellers of 2023 will be several books ...

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