Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow to speak at White House Correspondents’ dinner

The shift to a featured speaker from a traditional comedic entertainer follows a sharp performance at this year’s event by comedian Michelle Wolf.


Michelle Obama’s memoir sells more than 725,000 copies

First day sales for Michelle Obama’s ‘‘Becoming’’ topped 725,000 copies, making it one of the year’s biggest debuts.

Willaim Goldman accepted his Oscar in 1977 for “All The President’s Men.”

Mike Lupica | Appreciation

Remembering William Goldman, storyteller, mentor, friend

The last time I had dinner with my hero was in September, at a restaurant out on Long Island near what had been his summer home for years.

Author Junot Diaz.


After investigation, Pulitzer Prize board announces Junot Diaz will remain as a member

The Pulitzer Prize board announced Friday it has found no reason to remove its former chairman, author Junot Diaz, after reviewing the complaints of women writers who alleged mistreatment by him.

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Celebrated author Dorie Greenspan will be in Boston Dec. 2-4 to talk about ‘Everyday Dorie’

In her new book, “Everyday Dorie,” the author celebrates what she calls “elbows-on-the-table” meals that put people at ease and make them want to linger and share stories.


Rob Delaney honors his late son Henry with a special televised bedtime story

A popular BBC program, where celebrities such as Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom, and Dolly Parton read children’s books, will feature actor-comedian Rob Delaney Friday.

When your little sister is a psycho

Oyinkan Braithwaite’s rich, dark debut recalls “Arsenic and Old Lace” — only in Nigeria


Always makes time to re-read Dickens

Journalist and historian Ben Macintyre’s newest book is “The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War.”

story behind the book | kate tuttle

Writing stories that move like poems

Maryse Meijer’s latest work is “Northwood,” a novella set mostly in a remote forest cabin.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/27/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/spotlight-S_09159_rgb.jpg 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


//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

Fall Arts preview

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/07/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Fall%20arts%20home%20version%201-5253.jpg 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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James Brown and his band at the Sugar Shack on Boylston Street in 1971.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

A history of Boston in flyers and posters and W.E.B. Du Bois’s data visualization

Boston music journalist Brian Coleman’s new book, “Buy Me, Boston,’’ is a kind of time capsule.

Greater Boston author readings Nov. 18-24

A weekly calendar of literary events.

This cover image released by Riverhead Books shows


Sigrid Nunez’s novel ‘The Friend’ wins National Book Award

Sigrid Nunez’s “The Friend,” a meditative novel about grief, books and, not least, a Great Dane named Apollo, has won the National Book Award for fiction.

Déjà vu all over again: 1968 Harvard-Yale game

The surprising resonance of a legendary game in a troubled, riven time.

four takes

At the centenary of its end, World War I through a prism

Capsule reviews of “War and Turpentine,’’ “Good-bye to All That,’’ “A Soldier of the Great War,’’ and “The First World War’’

Michelle Obama and former president Barack Obama at the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago in 2017.

Book Review

A complex, accomplished life recounted with confidence and candor

Michelle Obama’s “Becoming’’ is an elegant and evocative autobiography with plenty to say about contemporary America.

Michelle Obama speaks during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July 2016. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by David Paul Morris

10 things you might not know about Michelle Obama

Some bits from the former first lady’s new memoir, “Becoming.’’

Michelle Obama was interviewed by ABC’s Robin Roberts on her memoir, “Becoming”.

Michelle Obama had miscarriage, used IVF to conceive girls

Michelle Obama says she felt alone after a miscarriage 20 years ago and she and Barack Obama underwent fertility treatments to conceive their two daughters, according to her upcoming memoir.

Michelle Obama on stage during NBC's 'Today' Celebrates The International Day Of The Girl at Rockefeller Plaza on October 11, 2018 in New York City.

Michelle Obama puts Trump on blast in her new book

Michelle Obama called out President Donald Trump in her new book, writing that she tried to “block it all out” when he was elected.

book review

A churning political thriller for a #MeToo era

Idra Novey’s “Those Who Knew” is gripping, astute, and deeply humane.

book review

Lethem’s gumshoe puzzle about a missing coed fails to come together

“The Feral Detective” embraces the offbeat but doesn’t feel well engineered enough.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

A book of gender-role pioneers; witches in history and now; antique-book sellers, collectors gather

A look at literary news and events around New England.

Local bestsellers

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

Thomas Jefferson feared a multiracial future for America even as his personal actions created a multiracial present at

Problems the Founders kicked down the road

Race and equality are the persistent and preeminent questions of our national life, according to Joseph Ellis in “American Dialogue.’’

Leavens her list with something spiritual

Lisa Genova’s latest novel is “Every Note Played’’ about a pianist with Lou Gehrig’s disease.


Greater Boston author readings Nov. 11-17

A weekly calendar of literary events

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

There’s work, then there’s a job

Ellen Ruppel Shell’s latest book is “The Job: Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Change.”


Q&A with Deborah Blum, author of ‘The Poison Squad’

Blum has spent a decade researching and writing about Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, who was chief chemist at the US Department of Agriculture at a time when the food system was almost completely unregulated. Wiley’s unrelenting research had historic impact on food safety.


Fiction, memoir, poetry, and ‘Good Night, Gorilla’

Medfield native Lisa Halliday’s first novel was the much lauded “Asymmetry.’’

James Baldwin at his home in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, in southern France, in 1979.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

MacDowell names library for Baldwin; Southie women during the reign of Bulger

The ceremony to honor James Baldwin will take place Nov. 4 at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire.

book review

Madame Tussaud, the French Revolution, and the space between life and death where art lives

Edward Carey’s marvelous saga explores the life of Madame Tussaud.

Babe Ruth released a carrier pigeon during a Yankees game in 1921. The pigeons were used to get reports from the game around the city.

book review

Babe Ruth: the model for today’s sports hero

Jane Leavy’s biography focuses on how the star became the prototype for the modern athlete.

Elaine Pagels with her son, Mark, when he was 3 months old.

The suffering of Elaine Pagels

Searing and wise new memoir traces a religious scholar’s recovery from the death of her husband and her son.


Greater Boston author readings Nov. 4-10

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Jorie Graham is Boylston professor of rhetoric and oratory at Harvard University.


Harvard’s Jorie Graham wins Library of Congress poetry prize

The award-winning poet is the Boylston professor of rhetoric and oratory at Harvard University.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

How crime runs in families

Fox Butterfield’s newest book traces several generations a family with roots in Tennessee and Texas.

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker paused while speaking at a get out the vote event hosted by the NH Young Democrats at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H.

‘We are in a moral moment in America’: New Jersey’s Cory Booker speaks in N.H.

Speaking one day after a mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, the US senator told a crowd of young Democratic activists that ‘‘this is not normal. This is not who we are.’’

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Oct. 29-Nov. 4

Day of the Dead, Interactive Art at the ICA, and more.

FILE - In a April 3, 1987 file photo, American author, artist and publisher Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss, speaks in Dallas, Texas. Dartmouth College announced Wednesday, April 4, 2012 that the college has named its medical school after famous alum Theodor


‘The Art of Dr. Seuss’ brings characters to Natick Gallery

Visitors can view some of the late author’s best-known illustrations and personal creations.

Best-selling author and National Book Award finalist Min Jin Lee is a 2018 Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard.

An exciting chapter for Min Jin Lee

The author is in Boston for a fellowship and to finish her Korean diaspora trilogy.

Women waited to attend a rally in Pennsylvania for candidate Donald Trump in 2016.

book review

These are the folks who gave us Trump. And this is why

Ben Bradlee Jr.’s “The Forgotten” explores the views of the residents of a key county in a swing state.

book review

‘Friday Black’ sketches a savagely comic portrait of race in America

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s short stories hold up to us what appears at first to be a funhouse mirror


Treads the line between fairy-tale unsettling and scary

Edward Carey’s fanciful new novel draws on the life of the real Madame Tussaud.


Greater Boston author readings Oct. 28-Nov. 3

A weekly calendar of literary events.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Fest of Italian books and culture; fiction and old photos

IDEA Boston will take place Nov. 2 and 3 at the in the Dante Alighieri building in Cambridge.

In February of 2011, demonstrators occupied the rotunda of the capitol building in Madison, Wisc., to protest Governor Scott Walker’s attempt to push through a bill to restrict collective bargaining for most government workers.

four takes

If you want to know what what happened to the left, look at Wisconsin

Four books look at how and why the former progressive bastion made a turn right.

story behind the book

Turning despair over 2016 election into a book

Harvard-trained sociologist Crystal M. Fleming is the author of “How to Be Less Stupid About Race.”

Charlamagne Tha God

Charlamagne Tha God is a man of many anxieties. He hopes facing them helps others shake the stigma

In his new book, “Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks On Me,” Charlamagne Tha God gets real about mental health and shaking the stigma in the black community.

Stephen King.


Some students just purchased the movie rights to a Stephen King story for just $1

Permission to make a film was given as part of King’s “Dollar Babies” program, which has been in existence for quite some time, the author’s reps said.

This combination photo shows author Harper Lee during a ceremony honoring the four new members of the Alabama Academy of Honor at the Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. on Aug. 20, 2007, left, and the cover of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel,

Readers pick America’s best-loved novel in nationwide vote

“To Kill a Mockingbird,” a coming-of-age story about racism and injustice, overcame wizards and time travelers to be voted America’s best-loved novel by readers nationwide in PBS survey.

FILE - In this Nov. 1960 file photo, U.S. novelist Ernest Hemingway attends a bullfight in Madrid, Spain. Two Ernest Hemingway stories written in the mid-1950s and rarely seen since will be published next year. The director of Hemingway’s literary estate, Michael Katakis, told The Associated Press recently that “The Monument” and “Indian Country and the White Army” will be included with a reissue of the author’s classic “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” (AP Photo/File)

Two rarely seen Hemingway stories coming out, part of collection at John F. Kennedy Library and Museum

The stories, written in the mid-1950s and rarely seen since, will be published next year.