Boston Book Festival announces 2019 headlining presenters

The festival announced its headlining presenters on Wednesday, including Samantha Power, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Candace Bushnell, and novelist Susan Choi.

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Buzzy ‘Three Women’ makes for a cryptic triptych

Lisa Taddeo’s deeply reported portrait of female desire isn’t really about that at all.

John F. Kennedy Jr. with sister, Caroline, and mother, Jackie, in 1989.

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‘The Reluctant Prince’ looks fondly back on the life of JFK Jr. 

Historian Steven M. Gillon offers a compassionate and comprehensive reminiscence of JFK Jr.

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Chuck Klosterman talks about his first book of short stories, ‘Raised in Captivity’

Klosterman will chat about the book with author Tom Perrotta on Wednesday at the Cambridge Public Library.

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One to add to your summer beach-read list

WHDH-TV investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan discusses her 11th novel, “The Murder List,” on Aug. 20 at Brookline Booksmith.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of July 22-28

A sand sculpting festival, the Puerto Rican Festival of Massachusetts, Shakespeare, and more.

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Location, location, location

On the 50th anniversary of an American landing on the moon, four books take us back to Earth to expore some of our country’s own strange and wonderful places.

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Bodies in detail, Kipling in Vermont, and Shakespeare in the park

The latest news from the New England literary scene.

Tired of ‘dopey’ children’s shows, author James Patterson concocts ‘Kid Stew’

He describes the show, debuting on Boston’s WGBH-2 Saturday, as a kind of hybrid between the Discovery channel and a “more mild form of Saturday Night Live.”

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A look at The Boston Globe’s coverage of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and the movie “Spotlight,” which is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation.

Most anticipated fall books

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/06/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/fallbooks_1440x600.jpg 19 must-read books for fall

This year brings big new biographies of Gorbachev, Grant, and FDR, pointed and personal political takes from Hillary Clinton and Ta-Nehisi Coates, and fiction from Jennifer Egan, Alice McDermott, James McBride, Louise Erdrich, and others.

Fall Arts Preview 2017

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A complete guide to movies, music, books, arts, theater, and family events in the Greater Boston area this season.

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CAMBRIDGE, MA - 7/12/2019: Apollo 11 exhibit in the lobby of Draper Labs in Cambridge. Draper, in an ealrier incarnation, played a major role in the moon shot. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: BUSINESS TOPIC

‘One giant leap’: How to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing around Boston

July 20 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and the breathtaking historical moment will be marked with a variety of events around Boston.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston, July 15-21

Celebrate Irish culture in song, trade your old books, mark the moon landing, and more.

Amanda Gorman performed at the Hatch Memorial Shell on July 4.

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Poet and former Youth Laureate Amanda Gorman has book deal

Former Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, a rising senior at Harvard, is working on a picture book.

Lulu Wang, pictured in New York while promoting her film “The Farewell.”

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‘The Farewell’ director Lulu Wang sets sci-fi movie next

Ahead of “The Farewell” hitting theaters, the Boston College grad has officially lined up sci-fi movie “Children of the New World.”

Marie Ponsot, poet and winner of National Book Critics Circle Award, dies at 98

After a promising start as a published poet in the 1950s, Marie Ponsot put her career aside. She was a single mother in New York City, with seven children to raise.

Illustration for THE NICKEL BOYS by Colson Whitehead. 14NickelReview BOOKS 7-14-19

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In Pulitzer-winner Colson Whitehead’s ‘The Nickel Boys,’ a childhood lost to Jim Crow

The author has again found dark inspiration in an overlooked corner of our nation’s history.

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Professor and clinician Sharon Lamb explores how mothers mother

Sharon Lamb reads from “The Not Good Enough Mother” on Friday at Belmont Books.

Derry, NH 9/23/15 The simple two-story clapboard farmhouse where the Frost family lived from 1900 to 1911, and where Frost raised chickens and wrote poems, is typical of 1880s farmhouse in New England.

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‘The Ghost Clause’ peers through the walls of loss and memory

Howard Norman writes a different kind of ghost story.

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Three new books take on the personal and the political 

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Greater Boston author readings July 14 - July 20

A weekly calendar of literary events.

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A mother and an intruder in Helen Phillips’s ‘The Need’

“The Need”-ditation on motherhood.

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From suitcases tied with rope to a room packed with books

Poet Charles Simic’s newest collection is “Come Closer and Listen: New Poems”

Civil rights leader’s Western Mass. writing cabin eyed for preservation

A New Jersey couple is working to preserve a crumbling hilltop cabin in western Massachusetts where the civil rights leader James Weldon Johnson wrote one of his most famous works.

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A new book goes inside Boko Haram’s abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls

CNN’s Isha Sesay offers a chilling, intimate account of captivity — and a warning

Pat McLeod helped his son, Zach, who suffered head trauma while playing football in 2008, walk down the stairs of the McLeods’ home in Cambridge.

After son’s brain injury, Harvard chaplains Pat and Tammy McLeod trace the evolution of grief, gratitude and belief

Years after their son Zach suffered a debilitating brain injury during a high school football scrimmage, Pat and Tammy McLeod have written “Hit Hard,” a book that explores the effect of the trauma on their family and their faith.

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Author prefers a long report to a short story

Brenda Wineapple, author of “The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation,” talks about her reading likes and dislikes.

Cambridge-based musician and writer Damon Krukowski’s new book “Ways of Hearing” explores how we hear.

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A treatise on sound, a spiritual revolution, and a walk in the woods

The latest news from the New England literary scene.

Local bestsellers for the week ending 6/30

A list of bestsellers based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound.

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‘Pop Culture Happy Hour’ host Linda Holmes steps up to the plate with debut novel

The author of “Evvie Drake Starts Over” comes to the Brattle Theatre on July 8

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No simple answers to the question of identity

The narrator of Catherine Chung’s second novel, “The Tenth Muse,” asks the same questions Gauguin did, as she wonders about her origins, her identity, and her destiny.

Former Boston Globe reporter Glen Johnson worked for John Kerry when he served as secretary of state.

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A fond look back on John Kerry’s tenure as secretary of state

Former Globe reporter offers an insiders look into Kerry, and revisits his tenure and tenacity.

Why E. Jean Carroll spoke up about Trump

E. Jean Carroll tore through the doors of the Fifth Avenue entrance of Bergdorf Goodman, her heart racing.

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Decluttering expert Joshua Becker is here to clean house

‘The Minimalist House’ author comes to Brookline Booksmith on July 3

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In Mona Awad’s ‘Bunny,’ an M.F.A. program is the devil’s workshop

A cuttingly funny descent into the dark side of the imagination.

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Kristen Arnett’s promising debut dwells in a Sunshine state of mind

“Mostly Dead Things” a grim but engrossing tale of sex, death, and Florida

“I think the first books I bought were poetry books. If you are in love with poems, a library book of poetry just doesn’t do it,” says Julia Alvarez.

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Novelist Julia Alvarez starts her day with poetry – then digs into everything else

Algonquin Books re-issues the first three groundbreaking novels by Julia Alvarez

Franklin Einspruch’s “Maenad, After a Sculpture by Fritz Klimsch.”

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Poetic comics, an arresting debut, and lines from a local lawmaker

The latest news from the New England literary scene.

Lewis Hyde’s new book reconsiders the role of forgetting

Poet and essayist Lewis Hyde's idiosyncratic new book compels us to forget what we know about forgetting

Toni Morrison shown in the documentary “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am.”

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Putting together the pieces of Toni Morrison

The Nobel Prize-winning novelist is the subject of a new documentary.

Author Joe Hill poses for photos at Bookcon.

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Joe Hill, son of Stephen King, launching horror-themed DC Comics line

Hill House Comics will launch in October with “Basketful of Heads,” a story written by Hill and illustrated by comics artist Leomacs.

Police clash with the crowd outside the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969.

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Out of the closet, into the fray: Stonewall revisited

Four books look back at the Stonewall Riots.

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Carl Hulse’s latest examines how the highest court hit its lowest point

Veteran political reporter Carl Hulse's new book examines how "outrageous audacity" came to define the shape of the highest court in the land.

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Mass. Book Award winners; a new memoir examines the traps and contradictions of masculinity

News from the New England literary scene.

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Helping young readers become little lie detectors

“Two Truths and a Lie: Forces of Nature” is the latest in a series from children’s writer Ammi-Joan Paquette

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‘In West Mills’ a view of a small town from a big talent

A rich cast of characters makes for a “quietly glorious” debut from novelist De’Shawn Charles Winslow.

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From ‘Rest and Relaxation’ to refreshing research

Newton-born novelist Ottessa Moshfegh’s bestseller arrives in paperback this week

When it’s OK to allow literature to influence dining

Eating your way through literature sounds fun, but is it healthy?

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A ‘Hunger Games’ prequel novel is coming in 2020

A decade after seemingly wrapping up “The Hunger Games,” Suzanne Collins is bringing readers back to Panem.

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A deep dive into the tale of Pericles

“The Porpoise: A Novel” is the latest from “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” author Mark Haddon.

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A gay Vietnamese immigrant’s letter to his illiterate mom

Prize-winning poet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel is “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.” 

Framingham author Erica Ferencik (above) traveled to the Bolivian Amazon (top) to research her new thriller “Into the Jungle.”

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Amazon adventures, LAMBDA laureates, and local natives

The latest news from the New England literary scene.