Solving the mystery of what to read with beach house book roulette

Novelist Brock Clarke makes three local stops to read from “Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe?” 


HBO orders pilot based on Alice Hoffman’s ‘Magic’ novels

HBO Max, the cable channel’s forthcoming streaming service, has ordered a pilot for “The Rules of Magic,” based on Hoffman’s novels “The Rules of Magic” and “Practical Magic.”

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Tommy Orange among winners of American Book Awards

Orange’s novel “There There” and Jeffrey C. Stewart’s biography of Harlem Renaissance thinker Alain Locke are among this year’s winners of American Book Awards, given for works that highlight the diversity of the country’s literature.


Nell Zink on German authors, selective shelving, and sailing through ‘Byzantium’

Novelist Nell Zink reads from her new book “Doxology” at Harvard Book Store on September 12.

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Caleb Crain’s ‘Overthrow’ a political thriller with a radical spirit

Caleb Crain’s latest novel is a fantastical fall down the rabbit hole

Art Review

Eric Carle Museum explores the enchanted world of children’s book master Peter Sís

A new exhibition surveys the magical, meticulous career of illustrator and children’s book master Peter Sís.

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Tuned in to the ‘Summer of ’69’

It turns out that despite her lack of lived experience in the tensions and tumult of ’69, Elin Hilderbrand is possessed of remarkable perspective on the time.

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A battlefield of letters, a pair of new bookstores, and myth connections from a beloved poet

The latest news from the New England literary scene

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon,’ ‘The Tempest,’ and The Boss

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

Special section

// 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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Ibram X. Kendi explores why ‘not racist’ doesn’t equal ‘anti-racist’

The author of “How to Be an Antiracist” speaks with the Globe’s Renée Graham on Wednesday at Coolidge Corner Theatre

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band opening for Bonnie Raitt at the Harvard Square Theatre in Cambridge, MA on May 9, 1974.

How a Holliston photographer captured the moment Bruce Springsteen became rock ’n’ roll’s ‘future’

Barry Schneier’s images of the now-legendary 1974 show at Harvard Square Theatre were stashed away for decades. Now they’ve been compiled in a book.

“Yvonne,” by Ciera Burch, has been chosen for this year’s One City One Story program.

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A big boost for Ciera Burch, and a new leaf for Copper Dog Books

The latest news from the New England Literary Scene

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A Cross River of the mind in ‘The World Doesn’t Require You’

Rion Amilcar Scott returns readers to a world where history is stranger than fiction

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Jason DeParle offers an immersively reported reflection on contemporary migration

Jason DeParle offers an immersively reported reflection on contemporary migration

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‘Love at First Like’ a tale of social media engagement – of a sort

Elite Daily dating editor Hannah Orenstein will read on Tuesday at Porter Square Books

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Téa Obreht’s ‘Inland’ a poetic journey into loneliness and the American West

The author pours considerable magic and sorrow and humor into her long-awaited second novel.

Billy Crudup, Emma Nelson, and Cate Blanchett, in “Where’d You Go, Bernadette.”

Ty Burr

Should you read the book before you watch the movie?

“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” is the latest example: Should you read before you watch?

The romance section at Porter Square Books.

Reading into the rise of the romance novel

On Saturday, 13 Mass. bookstores will participate in the first national Bookstore Romance Day, a way “to strengthen the relationships between bookstores and the romance community.”

Local bestsellers, week ending 8/4


Director/writer Andrea Berloff arrives at the world premiere of


Framingham’s Andrea Berloff talks about making her ‘big shot’ directorial debut on ‘The Kitchen’

The crime drama, which stars Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss as mob wives on the rise, is now in theaters.

Book Review

Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk explores the reaches of one woman’s isolation

The main character’s passions and pet peeves come through loud and clear in “Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead.”

11nelitnews - Claire Millikin's new collection of poetry is both haunting and sharp. (Amy Wilton)

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Claire Millikin finds poetry amid the pines of Maine in ‘Ransom Street’

The latest news from the New England literary scene.


For Jess Row, a long read is time well spent

The author discusses his new book of essays with Gish Jen on Aug. 15 at Harvard Bookstore

The story behind the book

Historically speaking, the kids are alright

Ronald C. Rosbottom chronicles a whole generation of Parisian youth, mostly ages 15 to 25, who made up the core of the early resistance against the Nazi occupation during World War II.


Greater Boston author readings Aug. 11-17

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Hassib’s novel takes readers in and around the 2011 revolution in Egypt. 

Book Review

In ‘A Pure Heart,’ a family divided tries to put the pieces together

Rajia Hassib’s book is a timely, sweeping tale that examines the intersection of fate and choice, the pull of culture and identity, family and love.

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Book Review

Seeing the world from the inside looking out in ‘Gods of the Upper Air’

Charles King revisits the work of the anthropologists who changed how we see each other — and ourselves

In this April 5, 1994 file photo, Toni Morrison holds an orchid at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. The Nobel Prize-winning author died Monday, Aug. 5, 2019 at 88.


A song for Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison was a living literary legend. Even in her death, her words give us life.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 7, 1993 US author Toni Morrison smiles in her office at Princeton University in New Jersey, while being interviewed by reporters. - Toni Morrison, the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, has died following a short illness, her family said in a statement on August 6, 2019. She was 88.

Toni Morrison in her own words: ‘The function of freedom is to free someone else’

The late, legendary author left behind volumes of memorable lines.

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Book Review

Is there ‘Sex in the City’ for women in their 50s?

Carrie’s back! Or at least her real-life alter ego, Candace Bushnell, whose loosely autobiographical newspaper columns and book about the dating adventures of single women in their 30s became the basis of the hit HBO show ‘‘Sex and the City.’’

Actor Ames Adamson as Ben Butler, dynamic Civil War General, Massachusetts governor, and settler of the Bay View section of Gloucester, MA in Ben Butler at Gloucester Stage August 2 through August 25. The real Butler lived in the Bay View section of Gloucester in what is now known as The Ames Estate.

NEw England Literary News

Growing pains, family ties, and a larger-than-life lawyer

Travis Dandro tells the story of his difficult childhood in Central Massachusetts, Miciah Bay Gault’s arresting debut novel is set on a fictional island off Cape Cod, and Gloucester Stage Company partners with Gloucester’s Sawyer Free Library to pair texts with performance.

Local Bestsellers

Local bestsellers for the week ending July 28



Greater Boston author readings Aug. 4-10

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Book Review

In ‘Trick Mirror,’ the face of a major new talent

Jia Tolentino takes on race, religion, politics and the Internet in “Trick Mirror”

Book Review

In ‘Marilou Is Everywhere,’ finding yourself means becoming someone else

Identities lost and found in Sarah Elaine Smith’s stunningly evocative debut

The Story Behind the Book

Elissa Altman’s moving dispatch from the heart of ‘Motherland’

Author Elissa Altman joins Joanna Rakoff for a conversation at Brookline Booksmith on Aug. 6

Book Review

‘Semicolon’ a lively, scattershot study of a mark that breaks all the rules

In idiosyncratic “Semicolon” a mark that breaks all the rules reads like a sign of the times 

Jo Nesbo, author of


From rockers to novels, author Jo Nesbo has a taste for the classics

The Norwegian author’s latest installment in the Harry Hole series is “Knife”

James Weldon Johnson at the Writing Cabin, Five Acres, Great Barrington, circa 1930 -1936

Couple to restore Berkshires writing cabin of poet, civil rights activist James Weldon Johnson

Rufus Jones and Jill Rosenberg Jones are working to restore the creative haven of James Weldon Johnson to advance and extend his legacy, as well as to welcome more artists to the space.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, July 29-Aug. 11

Boston Seafood Festival, A Taste of Ethnic Boston, Middlefield Fair, and more.


Drawn to books that make his brain feel like it’s operating at a higher level

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author of the short story collection “Friday Black,” will be reading at the Martha Vineyard’s Book Festival.

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An incomplete reunion brings overdue revelations in Richard Russo’s ‘Chances Are... ‘

A gripping new novel from the Pulitzer Prize winner brings old friends back to Martha’s Vineyard.

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A cautionary tale, richly rooted in local color

Bruce Holsinger’s wrenching satirical novel, “The Gifted School,” presents a class warfare, of a sort.

New Bedford Whaler turned slave trader Edward Davoll and his wife, Elizabeth.

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A riveting survival story; a whaler turned slave trader

The latest news from the New England literary scene.

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Guggenheim-inspired ‘Costalegre’ is a smart and sentimental journey into adolescence

Courtney Maum’s new novel is about the youthful desire to be contemplated and considered — to be, in short, loved.

Brentwood, CA - A casually dressed Matt Damon was spotted leaving buddy Ben AffleckÕs house on Sunday with a script and a copy of


Report: Matt Damon and Ben Affleck look to team up for medieval revenge tale ‘The Last Duel’

Reports emerged Monday that the old friends — and Oscar winners — may join forces on “The Last Duel,” based on the 2004 novel by Eric Jager and set in medieval France.

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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.

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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.