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    By Times staff writer

    © St. Petersburg Times, published October 8, 2000

    Some authors featured at this year's St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading maintain their own Web sites to give readers a glimpse of themselves and their works. However, readers looking for information about other festival authors will find reviews, interviews and other tidbits readily available online. Here's a sampling:

    Poet Dionisio Martinez's site ( includes a biography, an audio excerpt from Climbing Back and links to other poetry-related sites.

    Thriller author James Patterson ( offers a timeline of cases solved by Alex Cross, a biography, an interview and photos.

    Author and former newspaper columnist Joyce Maynard ( interviews herself as well as offers excerpts from At Home in the World and a discussion forum.

    An archive of columns by former presidential adviser David Gergen can be found at the U.S. News and World Report site (

    An interview with investigative reporter Peter Maas can be read or heard at C-SPAN's site (

    Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Laura Sessions Stepp can be heard in an interview on the Diane Rehm Show (

    S.V. Date talks about Smokeout at his site ( as well as offering biographical material, a 1995 column and links to mystery sites and other authors.

    Fans of crime queen Ann Rule can ask questions as well as check out her biography, a newsletter and upcoming schedule at her site (http:\\

    Essays by PBS commentator Roger Rosenblatt can be found at the PBS site (

    A conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Rick Bragg can be found at

    A site featuring articles by and about feminist novelist and commentator bell hooks can be found at (

    Audio excerpts of Ronald Reagan, Dutch: A Memoir by Edmund Morris are available at

    An interview with Connie May Fowler is available at Florida Community College's site (

    A question-and-answer feature with Sena Jeter Naslund can be found at

    Columns, book excerpts and biographical information about Bob Greene can be found at the Chicago Tribune's Web site (

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