Jean Fritz, 101, prolific author of history books for children

Part of Mrs. Fritz’s inspiration for exploring American history came from her childhood, which was spent in China.

Dennis Lehane

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Dennis Lehane’s psychological noir thriller offers much, except sense of place

“Since We Fell” is a clear statement of the author-screenwriter and would-be show runner’s status and ambitions.

David Ortiz speaks to the Fenway crowd after the Marathon bombings in 2013.

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This is David Ortiz’s [expletive] memoir

This as-told-to account, done with radio personality Michael Holley, offers little of Papi’s personal life but a good bit of inside detail about the career of the Red Sox great.

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In unadorned language and image, tale of French kidnap victim in Caucasus

“Hostage” is the riveting story of aid worker Christophe André’s kidnapping as he recounted it to graphic novelist Guy Delisle.

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Anne R. Dick, 90, memoirist and writer’s muse

The events and emotions of her marriage to Philip K. Dick turn up again and again in his novels, transfigured into science fiction.

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Finding heart in finance, sources of inspiration

In his new book Harvard business professor Mihir Desai has tried to give finance a beating heart by viewing it through the lenses of literature, art, philosophy, music, movies, and TV.


Mostly nonfiction, with a foray into Harry Potter

W. Kamau Bell says his favorite book is “The Autobiography of Malcolm X.”

Local bestsellers

A list of bestsellers Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound.

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Otis Redding’s revolution

Jonathan Gould’s biography sets the narrative of the R&B legend’s life against the backdrop of the tumult of the 1960s, the Jim Crow South, and the history of American popular music.

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Muhammad Ali’s fight of conscience

“Sting Like a Bee” traces the years Muhammad Ali, who had converted to Islam in 1964, challenged the military draft.


Greater Boston author readings May 21-27

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

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A poetic response to the age of Trump

Editor Amit Majmudar says the works in “Resistance, Rebellion, Life: 50 Poems Now’’ represent the “negative images” of the new president.

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Troubling blend of child murder and a writer’s memories of abuse

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich’s “The Fact of a Body’’ flings readers into a pit of ominous subject matter and ethical uncertainty.

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Dark violence and atrocities of the Revolutionary War

Holger Hoock offers a sobering corrective to the sanitized version of the American Revolution passed down through generations by the victorious United States.

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Mapping the dark shadow of history in Jamaica

In “Augustown,’’ characters see both the dark history of their place — and the hope of the future.

Boston, MA--4/11/2017 - The small independent Jamaica Plain bookstore, Papercuts J.P. (cq) is publishing its own books. Owner Kate Layte (cq), left, is the co-founder, with Katie Eelman (cq), right, of Cutlass Press (cq). Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 051417papercuts Reporter: Katie Johnston


It takes a village to publish a book. Just ask JP bookstore Papercuts.

The shop owner and her only full-time employee founded Cutlass Press at the tiny store last year.

Luis Croquer

Rose Art Museum names new director

Luis Croquer, the new head of the Brandeis museum, brings broad international experience. 


David Ortiz book signing, an asparagus field trip, and a bike tour

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.

The Massachusetts delegation on the floor of the Democratic Convention in Chicago in 1956.

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Making of the president, the reboot

Perhaps the best thing about “The Road to Camelot’’ is its affection for that many-splendored thing, the American presidential campaign.

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Write-in to support immigrants, refugees; Johnston wins story prize

The GrubStreet writing center will join the BPL and the Facing History and Ourselves education nonprofit in hosting an afternoon of civic action.

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Women who are not to be underestimated

“The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories” is British author Penelope Lively’s sharp-eyed and cherishable new collection.


British writer drawn to books that are cruel . . . in the best sense

Tessa Hadley’s new story collection, “Bad Dreams and Other Stories” will be published this week.

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Grappling with rift between mother and her newly trans son

Mary Collins, a Central Connecticut State University professor, and Donald Collins, a recent Emerson grad, wrote their memoir, “At the Broken Places,’’ together.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

Middle school jazz band learned to play through its grief

In “Mr. Clark’s Big Band” Meredith O’Brien chronicles that first painful year after student Eric Green’s death, as Jamie Clark and his students healed through music.


Greater Boston author readings for May 14-20

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

Boston, MA., 07/07/16, A worker cleans the carpet in the newly renovated Fiction Section. New lights, bright carpet, bright paint are highlighted. The two story section now has a staircase in the room connecting the two floors. The newly renovated Boston Public Library will open to the public tomorrow. Suzanne Kreiter\Globe staff


With a renovation, BPL transforms not only the building, but its attitude

Major renovation project meant to make the library the hub of the Hub.

Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn star in “Snatched.”


The Weekender: WikiLeaks, New Kids, and the great Goldie Hawn

The Globe’s picks for everything fun this weekend.

Want to know how US-Russia relations reached this point? Read a book

A suggested reading list about the history, economics, and geopolitics of US-Russia ties, Putin, and how we got here.

In this combination photo, former President Bill Clinton, left, appears at a political event at Upper Moreland High School in Willow Grove, Pa. on April 12, 2012, and author James Patterson appears at a photo session in New York on Aug. 30, 2016. Clinton and Patterson are collaborating on a thriller, “The President is Missing,” to come out June 2018. The book will be a joint release by Alfred A. Knopf and Little, Brown and Co. publishers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, left, and Taylor Jewell, File)

Bill Clinton and James Patterson’s upcoming political thriller is likely headed to the big screen

The authors of the upcoming ‘‘The President is Missing’’ are planning to woo Hollywood directors in meetings ‘‘later this spring.”


Meet the authors at Belmont’s Chenery Middle School book fair

Thirteen authors will be making presentations Thursday, May 11 at “Spring into Summer Reading: Author Festival & Book Fair.”

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

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Explore North Korea through these recent titles on the country

Capsule reviews of “Dear Leader,” “North Korea Undercover,’’ “North Korea and Nuclear Weapons,’’ and “Stop North Korea!’’

“Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success,” by Ivanka Trump, was released on Tuesday.

Is Ivanka Trump the new feminist icon? Advocates are skeptical

Women still smarting from the impact of the glass ceiling last November, meet your new feminist figurehead.

Jim Shepard

Williams College professor wins $30,000 short-story prize

Jim Shepard has been honored with the Rea Award, given annually to a writer who has made a significant contribution to the short story as art form.

Working women, Ivanka explains it all for you

Brace yourself for a spoiler alert in Ivanka Trump’s new book — it all worked out for her in the end.

Lea Michele arrives at the 2016 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing Party at West Hollywood Park on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of May 1-7

An Intimate Evening With Lea Michele, Greater Boston CityHeart Art Show and Sale, Children’s Book Week, and more.

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Government’s broken promise to Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Michele R. McPhee writes in her new book that the US government reneged on a promise to help Tamerlan gain citizenship in exchange for information on terrorists.


Greater Boston author readings April 30-May 6

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

The cover of E.B. White’s “One Man’s Meat” (left)

new england literary news | NINA MACLAUGHLIN

A look at the things and the idea of Maine

Jim Krosschell examines “a world in which change is speeding up and place is shrinking down, even in Maine.”


Samples fiction but keeps a steady diet of poetry

Rigoberto González has written four books of poetry, the most recent being “Unpeopled Eden,” and 10 books of prose.

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Saga of how refugee leaders and soldiers helped win World War II

In her new book, Lynne Olson tells the overlooked story of how the exiled governments and armed forces helped turn the tide in World War II.

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Recalling colorful, trippy posters, clothes, and rock stars of the ‘60s

The images in “Summer of Love: Art, Fashion, and Rock and Roll’’ document be-ins and buses, concerts, and Haight Ashbury hangouts.

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In Richard Russo’s ‘Trajectory,’ pulling lives out of a spiral

Russo, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for his novel “Empire Falls,” lives in Portland, Maine, and the pieces here — three stories and one novella — are peopled with New Englanders.

Richard Ford with his parents Parker and Edna.

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Richard Ford unpacks the complexity of his parents’ ordinary lives

In his memoir of his parents, “Between Them,’’ Richard Ford notes that memoirists are “never just the teller of other people’s stories, but is a character in those stories.”

An image from Kristen Radtke’s “Imagine Wanting Only This.’’

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Graphic memoirs by refugee, artist-editor look at how little control we exert over our lives

Kristen Radtke’s “Imagine Wanting Only This’’ and Thi Bui’s “The Best We Could Do’’ grapple with the limits of how much understanding our past can help us comprehend our present.

Obama White House photographer Souza has book deal

The chief White House photographer of President Barack Obama’s administration Pete Souza has a book coming in November.

Aaron Hernandez during his trial in March.

James Patterson plans true crime book on Aaron Hernandez

Patterson said in a statement that he was ‘‘stunned’’ by Hernandez’s death and wanted to know ‘‘what went wrong.’’

Books on the T trying to give Boston a daily dose of literature

By sprinkling books around the T, a new program is essentially turning the transit system into a mobile lending library.

Ivanka Trump’s “Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success” comes out May 2.

Is Ivanka Trump’s new book being buried?

The first daughter’s “Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success” comes out May 2. And that seems to be news to booksellers.

Conservationist Gallmann shot in Kenya

Herders invaded the 73-year-old author’s ranch in search of pasture to save their animals from drought.

In this image from a video footage taken on May 3, 2000 in New York, the Italian-born author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann speaks during an interview. Gallmann was shot at her Kenyan ranch and airlifted for treatment after herders invaded in search of pasture to save their animals from drought, officials said Sunday, April 23, 2017. (AP Photo)

Author and conservationist shot by herders in drought-addled Kenya

Italian-born Kuki Gallmann was shot at her ranch and airlifted after herders invaded in search of pasture to save their animals from drought.