Untangling the complex lives of Mill Valley teens after a suicide

Lindsay Lee Johnson’s piercing debut “The Most Dangerous Place On Earth” offers a rich portrait of the experiences of a group of teens, laying bare their desires without demeaning the validity of their concerns.

Erin Belieu, a poet who teaches in the MFA program at Lesley University, has helped organize a series of protests.

Inauguration sparks writers to lead protest

Writers will stage rallies against the policies of the incoming Trump administration at 90 places around the nation.

President Richard Nixon conducts a press conference during the Watergate scandal in 1973.

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Presidents and the Press

What is the relationship between the press and the president?

Milo Yiannopoulos.

Children’s authors protest deal for far-right commentator

Thursday’s letter to Simon & Schuster denounced Milo Yiannopoulos as a ‘‘hate-monger’’ and white supremacist.

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Choice of books almost a stream of consciousness

While other young, aspiring novelists headed to the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Elliot Ackerman went to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Photos chronicle renegade skateboarders shredding empty, abandoned Calif. pools

Skateboarder Tino Razo presents a portrait of a distinctly West Coast vibescape.

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Rural Idaho family implodes after senseless murder of child by her mother

“Idaho,’’ Emily Ruskovich’s haunting debut hangs on the possibility of living with decency and grace inside the psychic wounds left by the indifferent violence of the world.

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Debating the very nature of freedom

In “The True Flag,’’ Stephen Kinzer trails Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain and other leaders of the time as they tried to reconcile the nation’s anti-colonial heritage with its appetite for colonies.


Brookline seeks new poet laureate

Brookline residents with a passion for spreading the beauty of poetry take note: The town wants to hear from you.

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Four New England writers among finalists for PEN awards

The honorees include Matthew Desmond, Luke Dittrich, Jane Kamensky, and Clare Beams.

(FILES) This file photo taken on January 11, 2017 shows Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) as he asks questions during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for attorney general on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. US congressman John Lewis, a civil rights icon, on January 13, 2017 became the most high-profile Democratic lawmaker to announce he is boycotting Donald Trump's inauguration next week, saying he sees the president-elect as illegitimate. At least eight House Democrats have publicly stated they will not be attending Trump's swearing in at the US Capitol on January 20, with several indicating their absence will be an act of political protest against the incoming Republican president. / AFP PHOTO / Tasos KatopodisTASOS KATOPODIS/AFP/Getty Images

John Lewis says he hopes to inspire the fight against injustice

‘‘It is my hope that readers understand we were committed to the philosophy and discipline of nonviolence,’’ Lewis says of his book trilogy, “March.”

Mr. Blatty was in a state of “financial desperation’’ when he wrote “The Exorcist,’’ which he called a detective story.

William Peter Blatty, 89, author of ‘The Exorcist’

Mr. Blatty’s book spent more than a year on The New York Times fiction bestseller list and later inspired the popular movie.

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A newly-single writer and mother struggles to control of her life and fate

Under the beautifully composed surface of her life and this book, the tectonic plates of the main character’s self are shifting.

Poet and teacher

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Watertown native starts journal in Armenia

Poet and teacher Arto Vaun has been living for the past three years in Yerevan, where he’s been launching the Center for Creative Writing at the American University of Armenia.

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Ottessa Moshfegh startling new stories are dark, prickly, gross — and impressive

A plaintive feeling of otherness permeates Ottessa Moshfegh’s new book, “Homesick For Another World.’’

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Haunted by the souls of Gwangju’s uprising

The world of this novel revolves around the South Korean government’s brutal suppression of a student uprising in the city of Gwangju in 1980.


Choosing books based on voice

Novelist Dawn Tripp says that she knows within the first few pages if she will fall into a story.


Greater Boston author readings Jan. 15-21

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

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Why we don’t believe what women say

Leigh Gilmore says that to keep women’s stories from taking root, people in power, generally men, go straight at the credibility of the woman.

Chris Bohjalian

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A mother disappears into the night in Chris Bohjalian’s latest mystery

“The Sleepwalker” is the kind of story that builds to a startling climax, the kind that makes the reader wonder how such a trick was pulled off.

A selection of reading material at Librería Donceles in New York.

The only librería in town

Librería Donceles is a traveling art project, stopping in Jamaica Plain, that was created to showcase the need for greater accessibility of reading materials for the nation’s Spanish-speaking community.

Monica Crowley is not the first to be entangled in a plagiarism case

Here are seven others.

Monica Crowley in the lobby of Trump Tower in December.

Book sales suspended for Trump aide accused of plagiarism

The publisher of Monica Crowley’s “What the (Bleep) Just Happened?” said Tuesday it is halting sales of the book.

Boston MA 9/19/15 Rick Riordan (cq) speaking about his newest book Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes during the Greek Community Day in the Remis Auditorium at the MFA on Saturday September 19, 2015. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) Topic: 21namesgreek Reporter:

Mass. author Rick Riordan snubs Texas over transgender bill

The author of the acclaimed Percy Jackson series has turned down an invitation to be honored by the Texas legislature, citing a bill introduced in the state’s Senate last week.

Nat Hentoff in his New York apartment in 2009. The Roxbury raised Hentoff, known for his work at The Village Voice and for writing 35 books, died Saturday.

Nat Hentoff, a jazz critic, free speech advocate, and ‘Boston Boy’ memoirist, dies at 91

His was a life of improvisation, provocation, and dedication to free speech, rooted in a rebellious upbringing in Roxbury.

Emma Young is the poet laureate of West Tisbury.

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Poems intoxicated by this world

Emma Young, poet laureate of West Tisbury, has just released a new collection, “Book To Share,’’ on Two Plum Press.

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A divided heart is at the center of ‘Enigma Variations’

André Aciman’s story of the paradoxes of love and desire trails a young bisexual who leaves his “doors ajar in life.’’

Jason Diamond

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A life guided by John Hughes’s films

Jason Diamond’s memoir, “Searching for John Hughes,’’ is an intimate exploration of the films that set a blueprint for Diamond and for a generation of 1980s kids.

J.D. Daniels explores his fascination with jiu-jitsu in “The Correspondence.”

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J.D. Daniels shares disturbing, original essays of a writer struggling to find a better way to live

”The Correspondence” follows the writer’s quest to discover whether there was something he could do to make himself happy, or at least happier.

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Saga of two talented cricket-playing brothers in the dark, teeming morass of Mumbai

Arvind Adiga’s new novel, “Selection Day,’’ riffles like Mumbai, the city in which it is set.

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Looking at plural marriage and Mormons from vantage of women

“A House Full of Females — Plural Marriage and Women’s rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870,” movingly portrays believers’ early struggles while leaving certain mysteries frustratingly intact.

New Yorker political reporter and best-selling author Jane Mayer.


Investigative reporter who yearns for a break and a novel

Jane Mayer reads a lot of nonfiction for her work but loves fiction.


Greater Boston author readings Jan. 8-14

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

Artist Pablo Helguera brings his itinerant Spanish language bookstore Librería Donceles to Jamaica Plain

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Writers, activists plan literary protest before inauguration day

Writers and activists will gather in more than 50 cities on three continents for what’s being termed “a counter-inaugural demonstration” on Jan. 15.

Author J. K. Rowling in November.

J.K. Rowling isn’t done with ‘Fantastic Beasts’

The author announced that a new edition of the Harry Potter spin-off ‘‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’’ will come out in March.

Why Thoreau still matters

The 200th anniversary of the birth of Henry David Thoreau is being celebrated in Concord and elsewhere around the country.

epa05695832 (FILE) A file dated 26 November 2010 shows British art historian, critic, author and painter John Berger posing for a photo during the Project'Images 2010 Festival in Geneva, Switzerland. British art critic John Berger died at the age of 90 on 02 January 2017. EPA/SALVATORE DI NOLFI

John Berger, 90, British critic, novelist, and screenwriter

Mr. Berger was a public intellectual who became a countercultural celebrity in 1970s Britain.

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Tales of overlooked, sometimes abused, women who bend but seldom break

The characters in Roxane Gay’s stories have lives on the edge of flames or tears.

Janaka Stucky, poet and founder of Black Ocean, stands in the new brick-and-mortar space in Somerville.

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Black Ocean moves into new Somerville space

The space will serve as a by-appointment bookstore, a literary community space for readings, workshops, and seminars, as well as a gallery.

On his first expedition looking for the White City in 1994, Steve Elkins found this carved rock deep in the jungle.

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Indiana Jones-like tale of expedition in search of lost city in Honduran jungle

This is a story of eccentric explorers, archaeological controversy, and political intrigue in one of the most dangerous countries in the Western hemisphere

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For a new year, fresh ways to look at the world

Capsule reviews of “The Road Less Traveled’’; “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success”’; “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success”; and ““Philosophy for Life and other Dangerous Situations’’


Greater Boston author readings for Jan. 1-7

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

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Poetically rendered meditation on sleeplessness

Suzanne Buffam gets at the awareness of the shifting shape of the moon, of hours passing, of life passing.

Michael Holley

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An Ohio kid learns to like New England teams — even the Patriots

Michael Holley’s work covering the city’s pro teams has led to three books about the Patriots, including “Belichick and Brady: Two Men, the Patriots, and How They Revolutionized Football.”


George Mitchell wanted to be a history professor — and reads like one

The former senator majored in European history at Bowdoin College and ended up choosing law school and a career in politics over academics.

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A babysitting job for a May-December couple turns dark for a lonely teen in a remote town

“History of Wolves” is Emily Fridlund’s exquisitely observed, quietly affecting debut novel.

Will Schwalbe

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‘Books for Living’ is full of diverting essays about important reads

Author and publishing executive Will Schwalbe believes that “everything you need to know you can find in a book.”

Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots.


What do Brady and Belichick talk about behind closed doors?

In his recent book, Michael Holley takes a closer look at the success of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

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Army medic shares tales from dark side in ‘Mass Casualties’

For Michael Anthony, who served in Iraq from 2006 to 2007, coming home after working in a war zone caused many moments of deep disconnect.

James Patterson topped Forbes Magazine’s annual rankings of the highest paid authors.

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Mass. writers, journals win NEA grants and booksellers score Patterson bonuses

Author James Patterson tops Forbes’s author list and Josh Bell of Cambridge was awarded a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.