Short stack

‘Rude Cakes’ by Rowboat Watkins

In the early pages it becomes clear that this is not a book about food choices.

Clockwise from left:  Illustrations of Gerald Peary, writer/director; Bob Montana (framed), cartoonist; Shaun Clancy, coproducer/ researcher; Jane Murphy, prom date; and Betty Tokar Jankovich, onetime girlrfiend.

Searching for the inspiration behind Archie Comics’ Betty

A new documentary film called “Archie’s Betty” explores Archie Comics cartoonist Bob Montana’s past in Haverhill.

Seven books on fracking

”The Boom,” “Groundswell,” “Snake Oil,” “Hydrofracking,” “Shale Gas,” “Under the Surface,” and “The End of Country.”

the story behind the book

Talking fathers, sons, and the power of a lie

In his first novel, Karim Dimechkie created a protagonist, Max, with whom he has a lot in common. And yet, he stressed, this is a work of fiction.

James Baldwin against the mosques of Istanbul, Turkey, his home for seven years.

new england literary news

Topic: James Baldwin

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum will screen a restored print of the 1989 documentary about Baldwin’s life.

book review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/21/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/mann2.jpg ‘Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs’ by Sally Mann

“Hold Still” reveals the sensibility behind the haunting, and tender photographs Mann has been making for more than three decades.

Book review

‘Benchwarmer’ by Josh Wilker

Each segment of Josh Wilker’s memoir centers around an athletic concept.

book review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/20/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/61_Wilber'sFlightLaMans_17-2-6_Hi.jpg ‘The Wright Brothers’ by David McCullough

Utter pragmatism suffuses McCullough’s portrait of Orville and Wilbur Wright in his new history of the aviation pioneers.

book review

‘Young Eliot’ by Robert Crawford

Robert Crawford’s “Young Eliot’’ chronicles the early years of T.S. Eliot’s life.

Bookings

Greater Boston author readings May 24-30

A weekly calendar of author readings and literary events.

summer arts preview

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/16/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/books%20illo7-3762.jpg Suggested summer books

We found you 30 summer reads to choose from: Pack yourself a basket and hit the beach.

Special section

summer arts preview

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/16/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Sandcastle%20fin2_150-3748.jpg The best of upcoming arts events

Critics suggest where you should go, what you should see, who you should hear, and what you should be reading this summer.

Book Club

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Match Book

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Have a book problem? We have the solution.

New England literary news

James Baldwin against the mosques of Istanbul, Turkey, his home for seven years.

new england literary news

Topic: James Baldwin

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum will screen a restored print of the 1989 documentary about Baldwin’s life.

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Seven books on Cuba

“Havana Real: One Woman Fights to Tell the Truth About Cuba Today” and more.