A date with Dáte

LiteratureThursday, March 1

click to enlarge Shirish V. Dáte - LON MURDICK
Lon Murdick
Shirish V. Dáte

Declaring himself the reporter "who knows the governor [Jeb Bush] better than any other journalist in America" didn't win Shirish Dáte many friends in the Tallahassee press corps (and it very likely isn't accurate), but his bravado did land him a nice book excerpt deal in The Washington Post. Dáte, long a scourge of Tallahassee politicians for his less-than-civil bedside manner as the capitol bureau chief for The Palm Beach Post, weighs in with the latest national Bush-bashing, a cautionary tale in Jeb: America's Next Bush. Come to hear him whack Jeb. Or perhaps he'll whack away at his press center colleagues' "deference" to the Guv as he did in the book: "For two full terms, reporters who would among themselves describe Jeb as an arrogant megalomaniac would turn meek as mice during his press conferences." Thurs., March 1, 7 p.m., Inkwood Books, 216 S. Armenia Ave., Tampa; 813-253-2638, inkwoodbooks.com.

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