Reading festival reaps its rewards
USF St. Petersburg campus hosts the Festival of Reading for the first time.
By DONNA WINCHESTER
Published October 30, 2005
Thousands of people turned out Saturday for the 13th annual St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading, held for the first time on the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus.
Crowds braved long lines to get books signed by R.L. Stine and Carl Hiaasen, and most classrooms were standing room only for authors such as Robert W. Merry, Doris Kearns Goodwin and David Poyer.
Of particular interest was a talk by Joan Biskupic, whose recent biography of Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor details the judge's rise to power on the U.S. Supreme Court.
A panel discussion hosted by Rona Jaffe, Candace Bushnell and Jeanne Bice titled "Women Today: Are We Better Off Than Our Mothers?" drew a crowd to the Poynter Institute of Media Studies in midafternoon, and the children's tent drew a steady crowd throughout the day.
Other highlights were a gathering of members of the Red Hat Society in the USF Activity Center and husband-and-wife writing team Christopher "Chip" Scanlan and Katharine Fair, who talked about their 30-year collaboration on their new book, The Holly Wreath Man.
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