A Q&A with the author of ‘Cat Person’

When a short story makes a splash these days, you can see the ripples in real time.

The word “feminism” is Merriam-Webster’s 2017 word of the year.

‘Feminism’ is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year. You shouldn’t be surprised

It was scribbled in pink marker on poster boards. It was shouted as a battle cry and whispered as a pact. More than anything, it was tested.

A roundup of cookbooks for holiday giving.

The Cookbook Gift Guide 2017

The 20 volumes to seek out this holiday season — and exactly whom to give them to.

Members of the Brookline Police Department visited the Museum of African American History in Boston. The museum announced Dec. 4 that it has created a $25,000 national nonfiction literature award for works that celebrate African American history and culture.


Boston’s Museum of African American History launches new $25,000 nonfiction award

The recipient of the prize will be chosen by a panel of authors, historians, and academics.

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The best books of 2017

Our critics list their top picks in various genres.


Deck the halls with books by Dickens

Lancaster collector’s love for “A Christmas Carol’’ tops 1,ooo editions.

Cadre of Conn. cartoonists and the son of one

“Cartoon County’’ is a rich, clever, and affectionate account of a tight-knit circle of cartoonists clustered in southwest Connecticut after World War II.

‘The Years, Months, Days’ shares fables of a blind dog, disabled children, and sacrifice

Yan Lianke’s latest offering is a collection of two dark, hallucinatory novellas.

Local bestsellers


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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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Elizabeth Berg

The Story Behind the Book | Kate Tuttle

‘The Story of Arthur Truluv’ started with a name borrowed from a bus driver

Elizabeth Berg’s book begins in a cemetery, where a man visits his late wife, and imagines his way into the stories of “all her neighbors.”

Sandy Hook survivor Abbey Clements contributes to “Bullets Into Bells.”

New England Literary News | Nina MacLaughlin

Poems take on gun violence; a love song to Martha’s Vineyard

“Bullets into Bells’’ gathers a number of poets and pairs them with activists and survivors of gun violence writing responses to each poem.


Greater Boston author readings Dec. 10-16

A weekly listing of literary events.

A Writers Night Out event at Portsmouth Book & Bar in Portsmouth, N.H.

Bookstores escape from jaws of irrelevance

Not so long ago it looked as if they would become another victim of digital disruption. Then they engineered a remarkable comeback.

Angie Thomas (center) with Richard Peck and Nikki Grimes at the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards in October.


‘The Hate U Give’ pulled from Texas school district’s shelves

The story of a black high school student who witnesses the police shooting of her unarmed friend won a 2017 Boston Globe Horn Book Award.

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Tensions of globalism are not new. Read Conrad

“The Dawn Watch” shows how Conrad was alert to the brutal side of imperialism, the Western exploitation of Third World resources, and the quixotic nature of Europeans who abandoned their own societies to reinvent themselves in backwaters thousands of miles from home.


Not afraid to break up with a book

Iliza Shlesinger says reading is important because no one should aspire to be a walking, talking Snapchat.

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Portrait of the artists as young women

“Freya’’ follows Freya and Nancy over nearly two decades through Oxford, their respective careers, and their quarrels, estrangements, and crises.


Greater Boston author readings

A listing of literary events and author readings for the week.

Writer James Salter at his home in Bridgehampton, N.Y., in 2005.

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Elegant, evocative essays marred with a view of women from another era

James Salter honed over the course of 60 years the lean, elegant prose style that graces each page in his new collection.

A collection of counterculture-themed pins from Julio Mario Santo Domingo Jr.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Drugs, sex, and rock ‘n’ roll on display; NEA grants for local writers

Through Dec. 16 Harvard’s Houghton Library will host the exhibit “Altered States: Sex, Drugs, and Transcendence in the Ludlow-Santo Domingo Library.”

story behind the book | kate tuttle

Political lesson from Rwandan women: Lean in

In “Rwanda Women Rising,” Swanee Hunt collects the voices and stories of dozens of women who helped rebuild the nation after the 1994 genocide.

Sam Drazin talks with students about empathy and acceptance of others during a Changing Perspectives visit.

The lessons of ‘Wonder’

Vermont educator Sam Drazin, who has the same rare genetic disorder as the main character in the book and movie, uses his life to talk about embracing differences.

The Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show, featuring comics Dan Foley (left) and Joel Harris (right), comes back to the Boston Museum of Science. In this scene, the rings and clubs represent the 0's and 1's of computer code scientists use to gather data.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Nov. 27-Dec. 3

“Black Nativity,’’ The Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show at the Museum of Science, and more.

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What do you know about black history?

Henry Louis Gates Jr. draws his inspiration and title from a series of popular midcentury takes on African-American history.


Author favors tales of characters and relationships

We talk all things reading with Boston-area novelist and journalist Jessica Keener.

new england literary news nina maclaughlin

Virgil, Homer, and Dylan; pop-up bookstore in Rockport; recalling Combat Zone

“Why Bob Dylan Matters’’ makes the case as to why Dylan should occupy the same vaunted place in the canon as Ovid, Catullus, Virgil, and Homer.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

Seeing America in tale of riven Mideast

Nathan Englander’s new novel blends spy thriller, love story, magical realism, and history.

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Recalling the genius of Oliver Sacks

What unifies this collection is the unique combination of intellectual rigor and childlike amazement that characterizes Sacks’s writing.

Pulling back the curtain and finding nothing

“The World Goes On” serves as a wonderful primer to the “invisible gigasystem” that is the Krasznahorkai universe.

Greater Boston author readings Nov. 26-Dec. 2


Helene Stapinski will read from her book Dec. 2 at I AM Books.


‘Murder in Matera’ author to read in Boston

Helene Stapinski, a reporter and New York Times columnist, will be at I AM Books on Dec. 2.

In young-adult novels, LGBT love stories have begun to feel mainstream

The new generation of LGBT young-adult literature is about far more than coming out. It has room for romance, inclusion, and happily-ever-after.

National Book Award winners (from left) Robin Benway, Masha Gessen, Jesmyn Ward, and Frank Bidart.


Cambridge poet Frank Bidart wins National Book Award

His “Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016” took the poetry prize.

Ballerina Laura Young rehearsing with Rudolf Nureyev in 1982.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

A ballerina’s life and another reason to buy book for holidays

“Boston Ballerina: A Dance, a Company, an Era’' focuses on the career of Laura Young and the evolution of the Boston Ballet.

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

Facing advancing age with courage and wisdom

Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle examines ways to face the challenges that come to the elderly.

Greater Boston author readings Nov. 19-25

A list of upcoming literary events and author readings.

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Friendship forged for the good of young nation

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson first met in 1775 in the Continental Congress and evolved from Revolutionary War collaborators to political rivals to loving friends in their twilight years.

James Banville’s “Mrs. Osmond” picks up where “The Portrait of a Lady” leaves off.

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Think Henry James fanfic — in a good way

James’s original characters aren’t deepened, but the pleasure of James Banville’s style are considerable.

Ghazala and Khizr Khan at the Democratic National Convention in 2016.

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A love song to a new homeland

Khizr Khan’s “An American Family” is a small but lovely immigrant’s journey.


A fan of history, music, sports — but especially the Bruins

Denis Leary says he’s read everything there is to read about Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr and those Boston Bruin teams of the early ’70s.

What would you do to survive?

Capsule reviews of “All the Wind in the World’’; “Landscape with Invisible Hand”; “The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage.”

Kevin Young, poetry editor at The New Yorker.

Kevin Young takes over as New Yorker poetry editor

The Harvard and Brown graduate spent many of his formative years living and studying in Greater Boston.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

A Grolier fund-raiser; a look at gangland Boston

The Grolier Poetry Book Shop anniversary celebration will take place on November 14 at the Oberon Theater.

Long before the days of alternative facts, there were showmen and con artists such as P.T. Barnum.

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American tradition of being a sucker

Kurt Andersen’s “Fantasyland” and Kevin Young’s “Bunk” suggest that our current era of truthiness shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise.

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‘Future Home of the Living God’ a ‘Handmaid’s’-like tale of societal devolution

In Louise Erdrich’s grippingly dystopian 16th novel, the government begins rounding up pregnant women in an extension of the Patriot Act.

French writer Marcel Proust was the inspiration for a Nov. 5 concert in Brookline.

Third Ear | Jeremy Eichler

Proust’s ear for music, and the ineffable in art 

A recent concert reminded audiences of the rich connections between Proust and music. 


A handmaiden-like tale of societal devolution

One of the author’s favorite books is William Styron’s “Sophie’s Choice.”

story behind the book | kate tuttle

Rising satisfaction with his life and career

In “Breaking Bread,” Martin Philip describes his love of the “daily discipline” and traditional craft of baking.


Greater Boston author readings Nov. 12-18

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

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For Joni Mitchell fans, a familiar tune

That well-known narrative of the singer’s life is essentially the outline of David Yaffe’s new biography