The rise and fall of a superpower

Ambitious history charts the UK through the 19th century and offers lessons for America in the 21st


Tickled when finding a joke in the plot

Mallory Ortberg’s “The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror” gives classic fairy tales a modern twist.

Boston Globe owner John Henry bought the newspaper in 2013.

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Guardians of the newspaper galaxy

How wealthy, civic-minded owners like Jeff Bezos and John Henry are trying to save American journalism.

Author Junot Diaz in Cambridge, Mass., Jan 5th, 2017. Diaz has written a children's book called

Junot Diaz was asked to write a children’s book 20 years ago. It finally comes out Tuesday

“Islandborn” tells the story of a young girl named Lola, who relies on friends and family to learn about the island where she’s from.

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Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, March 19-25

The Turkish Film Festival, celebrating Women’s History Month at Harvard Book Store, the New England Canabis Conference, and more.


Greater Boston author readings March 18-24

A weekly calendar of literary events.

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One birthday and a funeral

A big-hearted saga of a Mexican-American family in San Diego on the brink of generational changes.

An ‘Astral Weeks’ origin story, told 50 years after Van Morrison fled to Boston

Ryan Walsh has turned his fan obsession into a book that places the creation story of Morrison’s legendary album against the backdrop of the city’s flourishing counterculture.

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Our contrarian laureate

Marilynne Robinson upends our views of American political exceptionalism, defends Puritans, and tilts at other windmills of convention.

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// The story behind the ‘Spotlight’ movie

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


// 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

Fall Arts preview

// A guide to the best of what to see and do in Boston

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

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An English political scandal and gay lives over decades

There is much to admire in Alan Hollinghurst’s new novel but it falls short of his Booker-winning “The Line of Beauty’’


Uses Excel to ensure his reading is diverse

Viet Thanh Nguyen works to avoid falling into unconscious assumptions or prejudices.


Greater Boston author readings March 11-17

A weekly calendar of literary events.

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YA fantasy with roots in West Africa

Tomi Adeyemi draws on the mythology and religion of her family’s homeland for “Children of Blood and Bone.”

Linda F. Nathan will discuss her new book on March 14 at Bridgewater State University.

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Pointing the finger at educational inequality; a Yale Younger book of poetry

Long-time Boston educator Linda Nathan’s recently released book is “When Grit Is Not Enough.’’

A scene from Ana DuVernay’s film adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: Wrinkles in time, tricks up sleeves, and ‘Pretty in Pink’ 

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

Jacob’s Pillow opens this year with the Royal Danish Ballet.

Globe Magazine

42 concerts, plays, and arts events you shouldn’t miss in New England

Globe critics looked all around the region to pick events you should mark on your calendar.

Why you should be watching your kids’ screen time — and your own

In “The Art of Screen Time,” Anya Kamenetz discusses the importance of parents modeling a healthy approach to using technology.

Chessy Prout details her assault and its aftermath at the elite St. Paul’s School in “I Have the Right To.”

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A young sexual assault victim who refused to be silenced

Chessy Prout’s powerful “I Have the Right To” details her assault and its aftermath at the elite St. Paul’s School.

Penny Vincenzi, 78, best-selling British author

Ms. Vincenzi was a journalist when, in 1989, her first novel, “Old Sins,” about intrigue in the cosmetics business, was published.

On the road to find out

An auto race in 1950s Australia takes three deep into a heart of darkness in Peter Carey’s best and boldest book yet.

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How a rape case got botched due to failure to believe her

This is a corrective moment, one in which we as a society finally recognize that women who report sexual crimes must be believed. In making that case, “A False Report’’ succeeds.

The floor at Trident Booksellers and Café on Newbury Street was covered in water after a fire triggered the sprinkler system.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Stories of migration; damage from fire closes Trident

The Transnational Literature Series will bring together authors from around the nation and the world.


Author reads graphic novels to break things up

Hannah Tinti reads a lot and once when she began feeling overwhelmed by it she took to comics and graphic novels.

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An isolated, obsessive literary nerd’s self-imposed exile

In Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi’s new novel, Zebra, a refugee who has lost both parents, is smug and contemptuous, callous and self-pitying.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

A time when he was in need of a sea change

Writer Nathaniel Philbrick found himself mired in a midlife crisis at age 36 so he began training for a sailing race.


Greater Boston author readings March 4-10

A weekly calendar of literary events.

David Silver circa 1968 poses with an image from his TV show, “What’s Happening, Mr. Silver?”


Boston’s most radical TV show blew the minds of a stoned generation in 1967

When a Tufts instructor launched the trippy TV show on WGBH, it was unlike anything viewers had ever seen.

Ankle-deep water from fire spinklers is visible at Trident Booksellers and Café on Newbury

Trident Booksellers temporarily closed after fire

Most of the damage was caused by water from the sprinkler systems, and the store will remain closed until further notice.

The women you missed in history class

For Women’s History Month, recalling a dozen trailblazers who’ve been (mostly) forgotten.

Boston -02/22/18- The Boston Athenaeum hosted a Coffee hour with it's director, Elizabeth Barker. Madeleine Rose, 9 from Sleepy Hollow, NY, was on a tour with her family as she paused to look at magazines in the 2nd floor Long Room. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(arts)

Turmoil strikes Boston Athenaeum

The venerable private library has been rocked by internal divisions and widespread staff departures.

FILE - In this May 12, 2017, file photo, former first lady Michelle Obama smiles while speaking at the Partnership for a Healthier American 2017 Healthier Future Summit in Washington. The former first lady tweeted Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 that her memoir, one of the most highly anticipated books in recent years, is coming out Nov. 13, 2018, and is called “Becoming.” (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Michelle Obama’s memoir will come out in November

The former first lady tweeted Sunday that the book, to be released a week after the 2018 midterm elections, is called ‘‘Becoming.’’

Detail of “Man With Beaded Suit,” Max Stern, 2017. Mardis Gras Indians drum, dance, and chant in paintings by Robert Freeman and photographs by Stern, at Adelson Galleries Boston.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Feb. 26-March 4

New Discovery Museum (re)opens, Steven Pinker’s new book, Mardi Gras Indians in the South End, and more.

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In a dead-end town, the sins of the mother

“Brass’ follows a mother and daughter through loss, strained ties, migration across great distances, and dreams deferred in a dying town.

An illustration by Micha Archer from “Girl Running,” the story of Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Children’s book focuses on 1st woman to run Boston Marathon; LitFest at Amherst

“Girl Running’’ tells the story of Bobbi Gibb and the race that out her in the record books.


Greater Boston author readings Feb. 25-March 3

A weekly calendar of literary events.

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A false imprisonment rips a marriage apart

Tayari Jones’s powerful new novel, Oprah’s latest book-club pick, shadows a once up-and-coming young black professional and the unraveling of his life.

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Making the case for the importance of reason

Steven Pinker’s intolerance undercuts his argument for the importance of reason in improving our world.

Rachel Joyce’s fourth novel, “The Music Shop,” was published in January.


A novelist who makes time for poetry

For Rachel Joyce good poetry takes the natural world and straps words around it.

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

A biography of the drugs we use to heal minds

The history Lauren Slater chronicles is less a tale of scientific certainty than of persistent questions.

Novelist Annie Gaughen signed copies of her new book, “Reign the Earth,” earlier this week at Brookline Booksmith.

Annie Gaughen talks about her new book — and her new lease on sight

“It’s virtually impossible,’’ she says, to “explain what a dark time that was for me, and the kinds of fear and depression I wrestled with.’’

We asked several black writers: What book should all white Americans read? Here’s what they said

Suggestions from Henry Louis Gates Jr., Jesmyn Ward, Rita Dove, William Julius Wilson, Claudia Rankine, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, and others.

Eleanor Roosevelt (left) with Lorena Hickok in July of 1933.

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A hidden chapter in FDR’s White House

Amy Bloom reimagines the poignant, complex love affair between patrician first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and ‘hayseed’ journalist Lorena Hickok

The members of the Thirsty Scholars reading group, started at the Somerville pub of the same name, are marking the end of their in-depth reading of “Finnegans Wake” by James Joyce.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Black historian traces her family’s move west; quaffing Joyce

Kendra Field settles in native-owned land in Oklahoma, and she braids black, Indian, and white histories


Greater Boston author readings Feb. 18-24

A weekly calendar of literary events.

story behind the book | James Sullivan

Andrew Morton’s ‘Wallis in Love’: A darker look at Edward and Wallis

Andrew Morton’s “Wallis in Love” focuses on the life of the domineering late duchess of Windsor.

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Ax murders and jazz in post-WWI New Orleans

Florid action hurtles toward a violent finale in this most baroque American city.


Franklin library offers school vacation week options

The Franklin Public Libraryis planning a “superhero training camp” during school vacation week.

Things to do

Ideas for fun things to do around Boston

Your calendar of events, music, theater, and more for the late winter and early spring.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

What you need to know about Alain Locke

A new biography recalls the man whose work as a writer, critic, and anthologist put him at the center of the Harlem Renaissance.

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Bringing Jefferson’s daughters together

Triple biography of two white and one mixed-race daughters of Jefferson highlights race, gender, and class in early America