Tina Packer on Shakespeare’s five ages of women

Tina Packer’s book “Women of Will” explores the evolution of Shakespeare’s female characters.

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In her new book, the founding artistic director of Lenox’s Shakespeare & Company argues that Shakespeare’s female characters matured as he did.

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‘The Light of the World’ by Elizabeth Alexander

“The Light of the World” is poet Elizabeth Alexander’s memoir of love and loss.

Book review

‘Infamy’ by Richard Reeves

“Infamy”is the story of the unjust relocation and incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.

Toni Morrison

Book review

‘God Help the Child’ by Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison’s new novel is a slim, modest work that still manages to pack an emotional wallop.

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‘Paris’ memories

Marian Parry’s “The Paris Book” is an exquisitely drawn love story that dates back to her childhood.


Greater Boston author readings April 19-25

A weekly calendar of author readings and literary events.

new england writers at work

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/27/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/wiggs_MatthewPearl_l291684.jpg Matthew Pearl settles into a rented office space

Matthew Pearl, best-selling author of five literary historical thrillers, does his writing behind the reception desk at a Cambridge marketing office.

the story behind the book

T.C. Boyle’s ‘The Harder They Come’

Ask Boyle why his latest novel is so full of violence and societal dysfunction, and he’ll invite you to look around.

for children

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“Out and About’’ by Shirley Hughes, “The Death of the Hat’’ by Paul B. Janeczko, and “A Fine Dessert’’ by Emily Jenkins and Sophie Blackall.

Every book affects poet

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/15/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Robert%20Hass%20(credit%20Shoey%20Sindel).jpg Bibliophiles: Robert Hass

Former US poet laureate Robert Hass talks about his reading habits.

the discovery

Jane Hirshfield’s ‘Ten Windows’

Those who feel intimidated by poetry should look for poet Jane Hirshfield’s “Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World.”

Short Stack

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Reviews of “The World in a Second” by Isabel Minhós Martins, and “Tad and Dad” by David Ezra Stein.

What to read next

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/10/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/A%20girl%20is%20a%20halfformed%20thing%20by%20Eimear%20McBrideL.jpg Match Book: New mother seeks new reading material

I used to read nonfiction before bed, but now the minute my head hits the pillow, I’m asleep.

Book Club

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/25/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/grief-3831.jpg The Globe Book Club’s latest pick is ‘The Grief of Others’

Leah Hager Cohen’s powerful, deeply affecting novel is now a movie, directed by Patrick Wang.

Match Book

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Musicians’ memoirs

Keith Richards’s “Life,’’ Darlene Love’s “My Name Is Love: The Darlene Love Story,” and more.