Pete Holmes has a few choice words for his conservative alma mater, Gordon College

Discussing his new autobiography, “Comedy Sex God,” Holmes spoke about his lifelong fascination with all forms of spirituality.

FILE - In this April 14, 2018 file photo, Howard Stern speaks at the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland. The shock jock’s “Howard Stern Comes Again” will be published May 14, Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday. It’s his first book in more than 20 years, and was No. 1 on within hours of its announcement. Stern’s previous books, “Private Parts” and “Miss America,” both spent months on The New York Times’ bestseller list. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP, File)


Howard Stern can talk. This new book shows he’s also a good listener

Howard Stern’s hefty all-star tutorial on the art of the interview draws on his work over the past two decades.

The author Herman Wouk at his Palm Springs, Calif., home in November 2012.

Herman Wouk, perennially best-selling author, dies at 103

Mr. Wouk‘s taut shipboard drama “The Caine Mutiny” lifted him to the top of the best-seller lists, where he remained for most of a career that extended past his 100th year.

The Stark siblings in a scene from “Game of Thrones.”

How will ‘Game of Thrones’ end? Here’s what you said

More than 150 fans told us how they think the HBO series will end this Sunday. Here’s a look at what they said, and the possibility of the theories coming to fruition.

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Joshua Jackson has joined the Hulu adaption of Celeste Ng’s ‘Little Fires Everywhere’

The Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington project is getting another big name.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston May 20-June 2

Preview Arts Emerson’s 10th anniversary season, Duke Ellington’s Sacred Jazz, mock court, and more.

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How crisis changes nations, including our own

Jared Diamond’s new book is “Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis’’

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Wrestling with the random, accidental death of a two-year-old daughter

Jayson Greene’s heartbreaking memoir about his late daughter Greta is “Once More We Saw Stars.’’


Uzo Aduba, John Slattery among Boston natives cast in ‘Mrs. America’

Created and written by Dahvi Waller, the series follows the ’70s movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

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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.

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// 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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Howard Stern, whose show still airs on SiriusXM, started his radio career at his alma mater Boston University.


Howard Stern has fallen in love with reading books. And it’s all thanks to his Kindle

The shock jock wasn’t much of a book reader when he was younger. Now he devours titles on Springsteen, World War II, self-help — even chess.

David Benioff (L) and D.B. Weiss accept the award for Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series for HBO's


‘Game of Thrones’ showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss behind next ‘Star Wars’ film

A piece of the “Star Wars” puzzle has just fallen into place.

9 ways Sunday’s ‘Game of Thrones’ was foreshadowed — and hints on how the series could end

“Game of Thrones” showrunners have dropped hints for years. Here’s a look at some of the main clues.

Here’s what the critics are saying about the latest episode of ‘Game of Thrones’

Judging by the Twitter reaction, you’d be forgiven if you thought the latest episode of “Game of Thrones” would be roundly panned by critics. But some had a more nuanced take.

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2019 file photo, United States' Lindsey Vonn gets emotional as she holds a press conference after taking the bronze medal in the women's downhill race, at the alpine ski World Championships in Are, Sweden. The retired alpine skiing champion, is ready to look back. Vonn’s memoir “Rise: My Story” will come next year, Dey Street Books announced Monday, May 13. Vonn will describe her journey from childhood in Minnesota to international fame, her achievements - including 82 World Cup wins and three Olympic medals - and injuries ranging from fractures near her left knee joint to a broken arm. In a statement issued through Dey Street, Vonn said she was “digging deep” into her life. (AP Photo/Gabriele Facciotti, File)


Lindsey Vonn memoir ‘Rise: My Story’ coming next year

The skiing champion will describe her ‘‘epic journey’’ from childhood in Minnesota to international fame; her achievements, including 82 World Cup wins and three Olympic medals.

The Boston Ballet wraps up its season with Rhapsody, a program comprising five works. Here, dancers perform Leonid Yakobson’s Pas de Quatre.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of May 13-19

The Boston Ballet stages a world premiere, an author discusses a modern take on Cinderella, singers celebrate heroes, and more.

Holocaust survivor opens book fair after neo-fascist banned

A Polish-born Holocaust survivor opened a book fair in Italy on Thursday to a standing ovation, after organizers agreed to ban a publisher linked to a neo-fascist group.

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Defending the ‘radical realism’ of liberalism

Adam Gopnik’s new book is “A Thousand Small Sanities.”

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A riven man in a riven Palestine amid the flow of history

British-Palestinian writer Isabella Hammad’s debut novel, “The Parisian” focuses on the first half of the 20th century.

An illustration from “Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship.”

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A fresh take on the literary salon; prize for Kensky and Downes

Porter Square Books is launching a new reading series.

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Tracing the community fallout of a kidnapping of two sisters in remote Russia

Julia Phillips’s absorbing and well-crafted debut novel is “Disappearing Earth.”


She likes it when books rub shoulders in libraries

Leah Hager Cohen’s new novel is “Strangers and Cousins.”

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Just another day in our Code Orange world

Karen Russell’s dark, fantastic, and funny stories inspire a dread that feels pretty familiar these days.


Greater Boston author readings May 12-18

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Milton, MA--11/11/2014--Publisher David R. Godine (cq) is photographed in his home library, on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 16Godine Reporter: Mark Shanahan


Publisher David Godine to step down from his namesake publishing house

William N. Thorndike Jr., founder of the private equity investment firm Housatonic Partners and a member of the Godine board, will take over as owner.

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Bill Skarsgard in a scene from

‘It: Chapter 2’ trailer welcomes us back to Derry

The anticipated sequel to 2017’s hit Stephen King adaptation stars Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy and will arrive this fall.

The World’s Only Curious George Store, now in Harvard Square, will be relocating to Central Square, according to owner Adam Hirsch.

The World’s Only Curious George store is leaving Harvard Square and moving to Central Square

After more than a decade inside a building in the heart of the busy square, storeowner Adam Hirsch announced Thursday that the company would be relocating.

05/15/2013 WILMOT, NH Poet Donald Hall (cq) poses for a portrait at his home in Wilmot, NH. The home belonged to his great grandparents and was built in 1803. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)


Antiques, paintings of poet Donald Hall up for auction in New Hampshire

Antiques, paintings, rare books and other items that belonged to the late poet Donald Hall are about to go up for auction.

BOSTON, 5/4/2019 - Margaret Atwood, with Composer Poul Ruders, left, who wrote the Opera based on her book The Handmaid's Tale, and Mezzo soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, who plays the part of Offred in the Boston Lyric Opera's performance of the Handmaid's Tale during a conversation with moderator Maria Garcia at WBUR CitySpace. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Lifestyle,brownl)


Margaret Atwood talks about ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ opera and why the dystopian classic still resonates

Atwood was back in Massachusetts — the setting of her classic novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale” — for the East Coast premiere of Boston Lyric Opera’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Sunday.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of May 6-12

American art at the PEM, book talk with Craig Ferguson, improv meets musical theater, and more.

Stephen King with 826 Boston students Victor Tejada, Cristian Dubon-Solis, Robentina Valeus.


Stephen King offers encouragement to young writers at 826 Boston gala

The legendary author traveled from Maine to Boston to celebrate the nonprofit’s youth writing and tutoring programs.

Richard Holbrooke

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Absorbing life of a deeply flawed diplomat

George Packer’s stunning new biography is “Or Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century’’

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Our political moment set in the timeless rhythm of seasons

Ali Smith’s splendid new installment of her planned quartet of novels is “Spring.’’


He always grabs a copy of Hemingway’s stories when it’s time for a move abroad

New Yorker staffer Peter Hessler’s latest book is “The Buried: An Archaeology of the Egyptian Revolution.’’

“To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee in a local courthouse while visting her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama.

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The bizarre murder mystery that stymied Harper Lee

Casey Cep’s “Furious Hours” explores a 1977 murder, and Harper Lee’s thwarted desire to turn it into a book like her friend Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood.’’

Members of the the Manhattan delegation of the Woman Suffrage Party paraded through New York in 1915.

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Marking the centenary of 19th Amendment, Schulman wins Philip K. Dick Award

Susan Ware’s new book, “Why They Marched,’’ shows the women’s suffrage movement was far more diverse than is generally depicted.

story behind the book | Kate tuttle

Is it possible to be a great artist and a great mom?

Myla Goldberg’s new book is “Feast Your Eyes.’’


Greater Boston author readings May 5 - May 11

A weekly calendar of literary events.

The top 5 moments from the crazy ‘Game of Thrones’ battle episode

Although some critics bemoaned the dark lighting and murky battle logic, the episode was still chock-full of suspense, twists, turns, victories, and defeats.

08/20/2017 CAMBRIDGE, MA Author Celeste Ng (cq) poses for a portrait in her home office in Cambridge. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)


Celeste Ng’s ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ gets another star

Rosemarie DeWitt (“La La Land,” “Black Mirror”) has been cast in the Hulu miniseries alongside Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.

Viserion the dragon in HBO series Game of Thrones, Season 8, episode 3 (debut 4/28/19)

What critics had to say about the latest ‘Game of Thrones’ episode

One thing is for sure, if you watched Sunday night’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” you’ve got an opinion about it.

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2007 file photo Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison appears at the 18th annual Glamour Women of the Year awards in New York. Morrison is being honored this spring by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The academy announced Monday, April 29 that Morrison, celebrated for such novels as “Beloved” and “Song of Solomon,” is receiving a gold medal for lifetime achievement in fiction. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)


American Academy of Arts and Letters awards gold medal to Toni Morrison

The academy announced Monday that Morrison, the Nobel laureate celebrated for such novels as ‘‘Beloved’’ and ‘‘Song of Solomon,’’ is receiving a gold medal for lifetime achievement in fiction.

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Legendary biographer Robert Caro’s essays shed light on his work but less so on his blindspot for LBJ’s #MeToo issues

Pulitzer and National Book Award winner Robert Caro’s book of essays is “Working.’’

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The Prufrock in the rye

Ann Beattie’s latest novel is “A Wonderful Stroke of Luck’’

story behind the book | kate tuttle

Two adopted teens return to China to see what their lives would’ve been like if they’d stayed

Melissa Ludtke brought her daughter, Maya, to meet other girls her age from the rural area where she was from.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been on

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

The science of behavior; 826 Boston fund-raiser; “The Very Hungry Caterpillar’’ turns 50

A look at upcoming events in the New England literary scene.


Greater Boston author readings for the week of April 28-May 4

A  weekly calendar of literary events. 

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A riveting, harrowing moment-by-moment narrative history of 9/11

In “Fall and Rise’’ Mitchell Zuckoff weaves together the stories of the terror, tragedy, and bravery of ordinary people.

Melinda Gates in photo by Jason Bell for Pivotal Ventures


Melinda Gates pairs her reading and her travel

Her new book is “The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World’’

story behind the book | kate tuttle

The few, the proud, the sexually harassed

Yale-educated Anu Bhagwati’s memoir of her time in the Marines is “Unbecoming: A Memoir of Disobedience.”

FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2015, file photo, Prince presents the award for favorite album - Soul/R&B at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. The memoir Prince was working on at the time of his death,


Prince memoir ‘The Beautiful Ones’ coming out in the fall

The memoir Prince was working on at the time of his death is coming out Oct. 29.