Publishing, parenting, puke: This author’s club covers everything

“We don’t have a water cooler. This is the water cooler.”


Trying to ease up on economy and sociology with some fiction

J.D. Vance admits he wasn’t much of a reader growing up in the Rust Belt town of Middletown, Ohio.


A look inside gorgeous seaside spreads

A coffee table book to conjure beach house dreams

A scene from the movie “Kong: Skull Island.”


The Weekender: Giant apes, little geniuses, and local folk heroes

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

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Four New Englanders earn Whiting Awards

The $50,000 prizes are given to 10 promising writers in fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry.


Bernie Sanders heads slate of upcoming author events

The Vermont senator, Noam Chomsky, and Sheryl Sandberg are scheduled to make appearances in the coming weeks.


‘How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids’: Author’s Diaper Genie wake-up call may help you, too

As resentment festered in her marriage after having a child, the author decided to figure out how to fix it.

Derek Walcott, 87, Nobel laureate whose poetry celebrated the Caribbean

Mr. Walcott portrayed the lush, complex region with a precise language that echoed the classics of literature.

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Prickly, lonely, narcissistic 39-year-old, miserable in the bed she made for herself

Jami Attenberg ironically channels “All Grown Up” through the voice of Andrea Bern.

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The fate of Sir John Franklin and his crew is the subject of “Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Franklin Expedition.”

Piecing together puzzle of ill-fated Franklin expedition

Veteran journalist Paul Watson chronicles the decades-long search for answers that culminated in the electrifying recent discoveries of the intact wrecks of ships of the ill-fated Franklin expedition.

Anitwar protestors on the steps of the US Capitol.

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Month that set the world’s course for 20th century

“March 1917’’ was the month when Russians took arms against their own government and Americans girded to take arms against Germany in World War I.

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Young couple, fleeing civil unrest, find magic portals to West and lessons in humanity

“Exit West’’ is a book about displacement as well as the universality of migration.


He found poetry while in solitary

After spending some of his teen years in prison Reginald Dwayne Betts is now an acclaimed poet, memoirist, and recent graduate of Yale Law School.

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Danger of creating black colony in white nation

Chris Hayes wrote his book during the 2016 presidential campaign; the electoral outcome, he said, has elevated the stakes.


Greater Boston author readings March 19-25

A calendar listing of literary events and author readings.

Chelsea Clinton has written a children’s book

The book, with a sharply worded title, will honor 13 American women “who never take no for an answer.”

Poet Kevin Young

Kevin Young to be New Yorker poetry editor

The poet and former Massachusetts resident will replace Paul Muldoon, who has served in the post since 2007.

FILE - In this May 9, 2016 file photo, Ivana Trump, ex-wife of President Donald Trump, attends the Fashion Institute of Technology Annual Gala benefit in New York. Ivana Trump, the first wife of President Donald Trump, is writing a memoir which will focus on the couple’s three children. “Raising Trump” will be published Sept. 12, 2017, by Gallery Books. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP, File)

Ivana Trump writing memoir about her children with Donald

Ivana Trump, the first wife of President Donald Trump, is writing a memoir that will focus on the couple’s three children.

Ms. Rosenthal wrote more than 30 books but was perhaps best known for a tender essay she wrote a few weeks ago.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal, 51; wrote with whimsy and, ultimately, poignancy

Ms. Rosenthal completed more than 30 books, including journals, memoirs, and best-selling picture stories ‘‘Uni the Unicorn’’ and ‘‘Duck! Rabbit!’’

Karan Casey who will be performing at the St. PatrickÕs Day Celtic Sojourn concert on March 17th. for St. Patrick's day story, 3/10 Library Tag 03102005 Calendar Library Tag 03172005 Living/Arts

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, March 13-19

A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn, Redefining Dance & Disability, the Persian New Year Festival, and more.

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Memoirs of turmoil and how life shapes art

Memoirs by Yiyun Li and Melissa Febos are concerned with how life shapes and is shaped by art.

Soomin Mah, Dana Hall School.

Winners of this year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards look to the future

High school students impress with a wide range of talents.

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WBUR sponsors talk on literary heritage of Iceland; new Marathon book emerges

The literary heritage of Iceland; a book focuses on the aftermath of the Marathon bombing; and Mass. poees joins others in a tribute book to Gwendolyn Brooks.

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Telling a story about a person who doesn’t fit in

In “The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit,” Michael Finkel chronicles the story of Christopher Knight.


Greater Boston author readings March 12-18

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

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Keeping an appetite alive for the writing of Jim Harrison

“A Really Big Lunch’’ showcases the late Jim Harrison’s enthusiastic, funny, and uncompromising views on how to eat, drink, and live well.

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Portrait of Turkish-American college freshman blends satire of academia with coming of age tale

In her naïvete and innocence, Selin, the main character of “The Idiot,’’ makes for a most endearing “idiot.”

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Tips from history in an age of Trump, protests

Capsule reviews of “Rules for Revolutionaries,’’ “When Movements Anchor Parties,’’ “No Shortcuts,’’ “The End of America.’’

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Hipsters pass off fraud blues track in tale of America’s racial legacy

Hari Kunzru’s “White Tears’’ is a coherent, if disturbing, vision of what America has meant and continues to mean.


Isabel Wilkerson and Diane Rehm will be at Nantucket Book Festival

Nantucket’s own Nathaniel Philbrick will also be there to talk about his new young adult book, “Ben’s Revolution.”

Louis C.K. performs in New York last fall.


You know who else met with Russians? Louis C.K.

The Newton native writes about his trip to Russia.

“Walking to Listen” author Andrew Forsthoefel takes a hike in Northampton.

College grad hikes America seeking advice on how to live his life

Andrew Forsthoefel spent 10 months walking across the US, talking to people about their lives and his.

Nancy Willard, 80, prolific children’s book author

Ms. Willard‘s 70 books of poems and fiction enchanted children and adults alike with a lyrical blend of fanciful illusion and stark reality.

Ms. Fox, a Newbery Medal winner, wrote a half-dozen novels for adults and more than 20 books for young people.

Paula Fox, 93, novelist who chronicled dislocation

Ms. Fox’s best-known novel for adults is “Desperate Characters” (1970), about the disintegration of a marriage.

A picture from the Boston Women’s March on Jan. 21.

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Porter Square Books promotes civic-engagement in Trump era

Be the Change will meet the last Sunday of every month and involve traditional author events, workshops, projects, and discussions.

Six questions for author George Saunders

He has long had a cult following but this, it would seem, is George Saunders’ moment. The “Lincoln in the Bardo” author is a literary rock star.

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Saga of slave who escaped from the Washingtons and lived on the run

“Never Caught’’ focuses on Ona Judge who lived as a fugitive for a half century, mostly in and around Portsmouth, N.H.


Greater Boston author readings March 5-11

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

the discovery

Essays examine the various skins we inhabit

Reading Anna Journey’s essays is like cracking open a closet door and peering in to see a private collection of oddities, secrets, and skeletons.

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In the South and in California, unmistakably Didion

While “South and West” essentially contains drafts of two pieces, one line of Joan Didion is worth 10 from almost any other writer.

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A Rust Belt Gothic of murdered parents, a jailed adopted brother, and suspicious drownings

Set mostly in and around Cleveland, “Ill Will’’ focuses on lurid extremes of family dysfunction.

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A 10-year-old girl puzzles out mystery of her ‘sleepswimmer’ mother’s death

“Rabbit Cake,’’ Annie Hartnett’s darkly funny and soulful debut, follows Elvis as she struggles to puzzle out her grief and the circumstances of her mother’s death with the rigor of a scientist.


Lover of contemporary novels — unless he’s writing

David Duchovny admits to being a big Philip Roth fan.

Maya Jasanoff

Harvard professor Maya Jasanoff wins $165,000 Windham-Campbell nonfiction prize

The prize is given annually to eight individual writers in fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry.

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of “Harmless Like You.”

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Dazzingly written tale of wayward Japanese girl and sins of the mother

“Harmless Like You’’ has thoughtful and profound things to say about identity, abuse, and creativity.

The Arts Issue | Magazine

42 essential arts events you won’t want to miss this spring and summer

Globe critics surveyed New England to pick their favorite upcoming shows, including 7 that are absolutely free.

Mimi Graney, author of  “Fluff: The Sticky Sweet Story of an American Icon,” created Somerville’s What the Fluff? festival 11 years ago.

Sticky soirees celebrate new book on Fluff

Somerville is slathered in events celebrating the sugar-loaded marshmallow concoction’s 100th birthday.

FILE - This Sept. 17, 2016 file photo shows President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 46th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner in Washington. The former president and first lady have signed with Penguin Random House, the publisher announced Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Barack and Michelle Obama ink book deals

The former president and first lady have signed with Penguin Random House, and the deals are likely in the tens of millions of dollars.

Former President George W. Bush holds a copy of his new book during a press preview of an exhibition of his paintings of U.S. military veterans in Dallas, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. The book titled,

Bush promotes new book, reflects on painting and the press

The former president says he didn’t intend to criticize President Trump when he said recently that a free press is essential to democracy.

Playwright August Wilson (in an undated photo), a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, died in 2005 at the age of 60.

Former Globe theater critic to write biography of celebrated playwright August Wilson

Patti Hartigan’s book is scheduled to be released in late 2019 by 37 INK, an imprint of Atria Books.