Tampa Bay Noir Virtual Event

Collette Bancroft and book cover

In collaboration with our friends at Bookstore1Sarasota, we invite you to a special Zoom virtual event! Join Tampa Bay Times Reviewer and Book Editor Colette Bancroft and guest authors online for a discussion of Tampa Bay Noir, a collection of short stories by Florida authors that takes place in Tampa Bay.

There is no charge for this event, but we would appreciate your purchase of a copy of Tampa Bay Noir here.

Here are the details you need:

  • Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2020
  • Time: 7 PM
  • Registration is required via EVENTBRITE
  • Watch: via Zoom

If you elect to attend, we will email you on morning of the event with the link and password to attend this virtual event.


Ask most people what the Tampa Bay area is famous for, and they might mention sparkling beaches and sleek urban centers and contented retirees strolling the golf courses year round. But it’s always had a dark side. Just look at its signature event: a giant pirate parade. Not only does Gasparilla honor the buccaneer traditions of theft, debauchery, and violence; its namesake pirate captain, José Gaspar, is a fake who probably never existed. And if there’s any variety of crime baked into Florida’s history, it’s fraud. From the indigenous residents who supposedly conned Spanish explorers seeking the Fountain of Youth through the rolling cycles of real estate scams that have shaped the Sunshine State for the last century or so, the place is a grifter’s native habitat.

Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct location within the geographic area of the book. Brand-new stories by: Michael Connelly, Lori Roy, Ace Atkins, Karen Brown, Tim Dorsey, Lisa Unger, Sterling Watson, Luis Castillo, Sarah Gerard, Danny López, Ladee Hubbard, Gale Massey, Yuly Restrepo Garcés, Eliot Schrefer, and Colette Bancroft.


Collette Bancroft has been the book editor at the Tampa Bay Times since 2007. In addition to writing reviews and interviewing authors, she directs the annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading. She served two terms on the board of the National Book Critics Circle. Bancroft earned degrees in English from the University of South Florida and the University of Florida, and she wishes she had finished her dissertation on the novels of Raymond Chandler.

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 7:00pm to 7:45pm
Event address: 
Online via Zoom
Tampa Bay Noir (Akashic Noir) Cover Image
By Colette Bancroft (Editor), Ace Atkins (Contribution by), Karen Brown (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9781617758102
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Akashic Books - August 4th, 2020

Tampa Bay joins Miami in representing the (alleged) Sunshine State in the Noir Series arena.