Bob Woodward to speak in New Bedford on Trump and the presidency

“The disease of presidents is isolation,’’ says the legendary Washington Post journalist, who broke the Watergate story that ultimately toppled Richard Nixon.

Barry Jenkins, the writer and director of “Moonlight,”will adapt Colson Whitehead’s novel “The Underground Railroad” for Amazon.

Barry Jenkins’ ‘The Underground Railroad’ in the works at Amazon

Jenkins, the writer and director of “Moonlight,” named best picture at last month’s Academy Awards, is teaming again with that film’s producers for a new TV series for Amazon.

The outdoor yard sale at New England Mobile Book Fair in 2013.

The New England Mobile Book Fair’s expected move strikes a chord

A lot of people reached out about loving the book store, which may have to close if it doesn’t find smaller and more affordable space.

Rachel Kadish (left) and Tova Mirvis at a writers meeting at Jessica Shattuck’s home.

Publishing, parenting, puke: This author’s club covers everything

“We don’t have a water cooler. This is the water cooler.”

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Library patron returns book he took in 1982, plus $200

A patron who stole a book from a Montana library in 1982 has returned it after reading it at least 25 times, having it restored and having the author sign it.

How Cory Booker landed a dinner date with Mindy Kaling

A joke about Newark, New Jersey, on “The Mindy Project” led to dinner plans between U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and star Mindy Kaling.

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Jamaica Plain poet wins Yale younger poets prize

Late last month, Duy Doan got a phone call telling him that he’d won the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious literary awards.

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In these mysteries, trouble is at hand

Reviews of three recent titles: “August Moon” by Stephen Mack Jones, “Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly” by Adrian McKinty, and “Conviction” by Julia Dahl.

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A biographer of the English language

In “Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries” Kory Stamper describes her work crafting definitions for Merriam-Webster.

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Her mother long dead, a girl traces her parents’ lives through her father’s bullet wounds

The mother’s absence sits at the core of Hannah Tinti’s beautifully constructed second novel,


Greater Boston author readings March 26-April 1

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

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Amid wonder and cruelty of Welsh farm, a true portrait of love

In “The Long Dry’’ Cynan Jones’s sentences land with the elemental force of a spade plunged into the earth.


Formerly a book binger, now she savors

Irish writer Anne Enright keeps a secret stash of books that she reads for pleasure or for research.

Leo Durocher (right) and Casey Stengel before the start of the opening game of the 1951 World Series at Yankee Stadium.

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When boys of summer answered to ‘Old Perfesser’ and ‘The Lip’

For half a century they were perhaps the national pastime’s most colorful and enduring characters, the game’s most beloved (Casey Stengel) and most despised (Leo Durocher).

Tom Lyons, owner of New England Mobile Book Fair in Newton, talks to a customer in 2013.


With revenues down, New England Mobile Book Fair moving out of longtime home

“Revenues have been dropping year after year, and we’ve got to do something,” said the owner.


Five New Englanders earn Whiting Awards

The $50,000 prizes are given to 10 promising writers in fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry.

Senator Bernie Sanders will take part in a Q&A at MIT March 31.


Bernie Sanders heads slate of upcoming author events

The Vermont senator, Noam Chomsky, and Sheryl Sandberg are scheduled to make appearances in the coming weeks.


‘How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids’: Author’s Diaper Genie wake-up call may help you, too

As resentment festered in her marriage after having a child, the author decided to figure out how to fix it.

Mr. Walcott taught at Boston University and founded Boston Playwrights’ Theatre as a showcase for new plays.

Derek Walcott, 87, Nobel laureate whose poetry celebrated the Caribbean

Mr. Walcott portrayed the lush, complex region with a precise language that echoed the classics of literature.

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Recipes for body and soul

“Eat This Poem’’ takes culinary inspiration from verse.

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Prickly, lonely, narcissistic 39-year-old, miserable in the bed she made for herself

Jami Attenberg ironically channels “All Grown Up” through the voice of Andrea Bern.

The fate of Sir John Franklin and his crew is the subject of “Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Franklin Expedition.”

Piecing together puzzle of ill-fated Franklin expedition

Veteran journalist Paul Watson chronicles the decades-long search for answers that culminated in the electrifying recent discoveries of the intact wrecks of ships of the ill-fated Franklin expedition.

Anitwar protestors on the steps of the US Capitol.

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Month that set the world’s course for 20th century

“March 1917’’ was the month when Russians took arms against their own government and Americans girded to take arms against Germany in World War I.

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Young couple, fleeing civil unrest, find magic portals to West and lessons in humanity

“Exit West’’ is a book about displacement as well as the universality of migration.


He found poetry while in solitary

After spending some of his teen years in prison Reginald Dwayne Betts is now an acclaimed poet, memoirist, and recent graduate of Yale Law School.

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Danger of creating black colony in white nation

Chris Hayes wrote his book during the 2016 presidential campaign; the electoral outcome, he said, has elevated the stakes.


Greater Boston author readings March 19-25

A calendar listing of literary events and author readings.

Chelsea Clinton has written a children’s book

The book, with a sharply worded title, will honor 13 American women “who never take no for an answer.”

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Kevin Young to be New Yorker poetry editor

The poet and former Massachusetts resident will replace Paul Muldoon, who has served in the post since 2007.

FILE - In this May 9, 2016 file photo, Ivana Trump, ex-wife of President Donald Trump, attends the Fashion Institute of Technology Annual Gala benefit in New York. Ivana Trump, the first wife of President Donald Trump, is writing a memoir which will focus on the couple’s three children. “Raising Trump” will be published Sept. 12, 2017, by Gallery Books. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP, File)

Ivana Trump writing memoir about her children with Donald

Ivana Trump, the first wife of President Donald Trump, is writing a memoir that will focus on the couple’s three children.

Ms. Rosenthal wrote more than 30 books but was perhaps best known for a tender essay she wrote a few weeks ago.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal, 51; wrote with whimsy and, ultimately, poignancy

Ms. Rosenthal completed more than 30 books, including journals, memoirs, and best-selling picture stories ‘‘Uni the Unicorn’’ and ‘‘Duck! Rabbit!’’

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Five things to do, March 13-19

A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn, Redefining Dance & Disability, the Persian New Year Festival, and more.

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Memoirs of turmoil and how life shapes art

Memoirs by Yiyun Li and Melissa Febos are concerned with how life shapes and is shaped by art.


A look inside gorgeous seaside spreads

A coffee table book to conjure beach house dreams

Soomin Mah, Dana Hall School.

Winners of this year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards look to the future

High school students impress with a wide range of talents.

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WBUR sponsors talk on literary heritage of Iceland; new Marathon book emerges

The literary heritage of Iceland; a book focuses on the aftermath of the Marathon bombing; and Mass. poees joins others in a tribute book to Gwendolyn Brooks.

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Telling a story about a person who doesn’t fit in

In “The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit,” Michael Finkel chronicles the story of Christopher Knight.


Greater Boston author readings March 12-18

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

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Keeping an appetite alive for the writing of Jim Harrison

“A Really Big Lunch’’ showcases the late Jim Harrison’s enthusiastic, funny, and uncompromising views on how to eat, drink, and live well.


Trying to ease up on economy and sociology with some fiction

J.D. Vance admits he wasn’t much of a reader growing up in the Rust Belt town of Middletown, Ohio.

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Portrait of Turkish-American college freshman blends satire of academia with coming of age tale

In her naïvete and innocence, Selin, the main character of “The Idiot,’’ makes for a most endearing “idiot.”

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Tips from history in an age of Trump, protests

Capsule reviews of “Rules for Revolutionaries,’’ “When Movements Anchor Parties,’’ “No Shortcuts,’’ “The End of America.’’

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Hipsters pass off fraud blues track in tale of America’s racial legacy

Hari Kunzru’s “White Tears’’ is a coherent, if disturbing, vision of what America has meant and continues to mean.

A scene from the movie “Kong: Skull Island.”


The Weekender: Giant apes, little geniuses, and local folk heroes

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


Isabel Wilkerson and Diane Rehm will be at Nantucket Book Festival

Nantucket’s own Nathaniel Philbrick will also be there to talk about his new young adult book, “Ben’s Revolution.”

Louis C.K. performs in New York last fall.


You know who else met with Russians? Louis C.K.

The Newton native writes about his trip to Russia.

“Walking to Listen” author Andrew Forsthoefel takes a hike in Northampton.

College grad hikes America seeking advice on how to live his life

Andrew Forsthoefel spent 10 months walking across the US, talking to people about their lives and his.

Nancy Willard, 80, prolific children’s book author

Ms. Willard‘s 70 books of poems and fiction enchanted children and adults alike with a lyrical blend of fanciful illusion and stark reality.

Ms. Fox, a Newbery Medal winner, wrote a half-dozen novels for adults and more than 20 books for young people.

Paula Fox, 93, novelist who chronicled dislocation

Ms. Fox’s best-known novel for adults is “Desperate Characters” (1970), about the disintegration of a marriage.

A picture from the Boston Women’s March on Jan. 21.

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Porter Square Books promotes civic-engagement in Trump era

Be the Change will meet the last Sunday of every month and involve traditional author events, workshops, projects, and discussions.