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.

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.

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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‘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.


Cambridge poet Frank Bidart wins National Book Award

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

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.

Special section

// 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


// 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

// 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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Greater Boston author readings Nov. 19-25

A list of upcoming literary events and author readings.

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.”

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.

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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

Environmentalist and author Bill McKibben


Bill McKibben on resisting ‘small men doing big and stupid things’

In his first novel, the environmentalist takes an offbeat look at patriotism

White House photographer Pete Souza snapping images of President Obama at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2013, as the president met with family members of the victims and survivors of the 2001 attack on the Pentagon.

The Obama presidency through the lens of Pete Souza

The South Dartmouth native agreed to be the 44th president’s official photographer under one condition: total access.

Julia Child in her Paris kitchen.

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How we learned to eat French

Justin Spring traces the popularization of French food in America after World War II.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

National Book Award winner breathes life into ‘Aeneid,’ a show of rare books

Ninety-three-year-old David Ferry was in his 80s when he started translating “The Aeneid.’’

story behind the book | kate tuttle

Divides between mother and daughter, East and West

Xiaolu Guo’s “Nine Continents: A Memoir In and Out of China” recounts her impoverished, often violent childhood


Greater Boston author readings Nov. 5-11

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

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A killing that fueled a movement

Matt Taibbi concludes the Eric Garner killing helped give birth to the Black Lives Matter movement but did nothing to change police practices.


Comfortable with the classics

Mark Helprin says he doesn’t want modern novels to color his writing.

Former FBI director James Comey.

Former FBI head James Comey titles his upcoming book

Comey testified before Congress that Trump had met with him privately and asked for his loyalty — which plays into the title of his memoir.

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When pitchers ruled the earth

The Year of the Pitcher’’ by Sridhar Pappu chronicles a momentous year for American and for baseball.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

More than just a journalist

Linda Greenhouse had a four-decade career at The New York Times, first as a Pulitzer Prize-winning Supreme Court reporter, then a columnist.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while answering questions at a press conference in Sochi, Russia.

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Lessons for American in Putin’s rise

What kind of government would devote itself to election tampering, e-mail hacking and leaking, and fake news?

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Over 60 and downwardly mobile

I quit my job of nearly eight years with The Washington Post to live in a van and pursue freedom and solitude. A month into the trip, I learned how lucky I was.

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A warts and more warts portrait of Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner

Author Joe Hagan has produced a disquieting and oddly arms-length bio of a media mogul with almost no laudable qualities beyond his ambition.


An early-morning reader

Roddy Doyle mostly seeks out contemporary fiction and looks to fill gaps.

A collection that’s less than the sum of its stories

Alarcón explicitly thematizes migration, urbanization, the lives of those left behind and discarded, and the emotional byproducts of geographic and social mobility.

Boston Book Festival, set for Saturday, seeks to make sense of ‘Where We Find Ourselves’

Many of the sessions will offer perspectives on travel and the concept of home, finding oneself by engaging with literature, and where we as a nation find ourselves politically.

Whitney Scharer sold her first novel for more than $1 million.

How an Arlington author got a million-dollar book deal

Whitney Scharer’s debut novel, “The Age of Light,” was bought for more than $1 million after a bidding war involving a dozen publishers.

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Though your heart is breaking

In “Smile,” Roddy Doyle spins the swift and devastating tale of a man who comes to know the consequences of laughing it off.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Book fest marks political climate; a cure for writer’s block

The theme of this year’s festival, taking place Saturday, Oct. 28 in and around Copley Square, is “Where We Find Ourselves.


Greater Boston author readings Oct. 22-28

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

A first novel about an old love

For Hoffman, the novel was a new way to write about LGBT characters in a changing community.

Dave Eggers.


Savors rare chance to pick random book

Dave Eggers says most of his reading is involved with his work with McSweeney’s.

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The fault in John Green’s new novel isn’t in his stars

“Turtles All The Way Down’’ contains familiar pleasures for fans along with an arresting portrait of mental illness, but the balance is off.

Donald Murray and his wife Minnie Mae. She was the subject of many of his columns for the Boston Globe.

Beloved writer’s archives are back where they belong

After nearly 20 years, the papers of award-winning writer Donald Murray have found their way back to the UNH campus in Durham.

Brooklyn, New York-John Hodgman, author of “Vacationland” lies on a grave at the Green-Wood Cemetery. John Hodgman is a writer, comedian and author of three best-selling books about fake facts. He is the host of the Judge John Hodgman podcast and contributes a weekly column for the New York Times Magazine. Vacationland is his first non- fiction book. The Brookline native will appear at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on November 1 at 6 PM , followed by a book signing at the Brookline Booksmith at 7 PM.

Q&A | Magazine

Comedian John Hodgman runs out of fake facts, turns to the truth

The Brookline native weighs in on his first nonfiction book, rage and spite here in Massachusetts, and Maine’s “painful beaches.”

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 15: Guest applaud Margaret Atwood during the 'Peace Prize of the German Book Trade' ceremony of German Publishers and Booksellers Association, at St. Paul's Church (Paulskirche) on October 15, 2017 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The Board of Trustees of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade has chosen the Canadian author, essayist and poet Margaret Atwood to be the recipient of this year's Peace Prize. The Peace Prize has been awarded since 1950 and is endowed with a sum of 25,000 Euro. (Photo by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)

Margaret Atwood receives Franz Kafka award in Prague

The celebrated Canadian novelist and poet has been awarded the Franz Kafka Prize.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Oct. 16-22

Frog Pond Pumpkin Float, Faneuil Hall Marketplace A Cappella Competition, and more.


Crime authors to speak at Reading library

Brunonia Barry, Randy Susan Meyers, and Hank Phillippi Ryan will speak Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

Majoring in espionage

“Spy Schools’’ looks at American and international spy agencies and their incursions into academia.