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BOOK REVIEW

An artistic revolution by the seaside in ‘The Shores of Bohemia’

“The Shores of Bohemia,” John Taylor Williams’s atmospheric, gossipy book, recaps the 50-year history of Cape Cod — Provincetown, Truro, and Wellfleet in particular — as the summer home of impoverished artistic, intellectual, and political radicals who were willing to do without indoor plumbing, electricity, and heat in return for carefree sojourns in an arcadian landscape.

BIBLIOPHILES
Phil Klay teaches at Fairfield University in Connecticut.

Reading about war and wartime with Phil Klay

Like so many war veterans before him, Phil Klay returned from his tour of duty with the Marines in the Iraq War with many unanswered questions. He first explored those in fiction with his National Book Award-winning story collection, “Redeployment.” Now he turns to nonfiction in his new essay collection, “Uncertain Ground: Citizenship in an Age of Endless, Invisible War." We talked about what he likes to read.

BOOK REVIEW

Love and time travel in Emma Straub’s ‘This Time Tomorrow’

Straub's fifth and delightful novel has a plot that may sound like it’s based on a sci-fi gimmick. But the deeper question it asks is: How do we talk with each other about things that really matter?

MATTHEW GILBERT
In 1972, the sitcom "Maude" broke ground with a two-part episode about Maude's decision to have an abortion at age 47. From left: Bea Arthur, Bill Macy, and Adrienne Barbeau.

TV shows that understood a woman’s right to choose

Occasionally shows — including one dating as far back as 1962 — have helped the pop cultural landscape reflect the realities of reproductive freedom without applying judgment.

NEW ENGLAND LITERARY NEWS
An Illustration from Gretchen Legler's new book on living off the land.

A life closer to nature, a visit to Kendall Square, and a state Senator writes a book

Literary news from around the region.

Dance Preview
Jean Appolon Expressions will perform the world premiere of "Traka" at the ICA.

Moving through trauma in Jean Appolon Expressions’ ‘Traka,’ a world premiere at the ICA this weekend

The Cambridge-based dance company premieres a new evening-length work more than four years in the making this weekend.

BOOK REVIEW
Author William Brewer.

Going on a trip in ‘The Red Arrow’

The fictional present of William Brewer’s impressive debut novel, “The Red Arrow,” lasts one day, split across two train rides: from Rome to Modena and back again. Time is not linear here, nor is much else.

BOOKINGS
Bob Ryan (”In Scoring Position: 40 Years of a Baseball Love Affair”) reads in person at 7 p.m. Thursday at An Unlikely Story.

Author readings around Boston May 15-21

All author appearances are virtual and free unless otherwise noted.


BOOKS

Local bestsellers for the week ended May 8

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

Elvis Costello performs with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on May 5. He also played a set with his band, The Imposters.

From the New Orleans Jazz Fest to New England: 13 electrifying artists there who’ll be coming here

From Trombone Shorty to The Who, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band to Terence Blanchard, these are some of the performers who lit up the stage at Jazz Fest, all of whom will be heading north this summer.

TV CRITIC'S CORNER
Dick Wolf has seen his “Law & Order,” "Chicago," and "FBI" series renewed recently.

For Dick Wolf, series renewals continue apace at NBC, CBS

NBC has renewed “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Organized Crime” — and “Law & Order: SVU,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med,” and “Chicago PD” were already renewed. Meanwhile, CBS honchos have renewed their own Wolf shows, the “FBI” dramas.

THE TICKET
Arturo Sandoval will perform May 13 and 14 at Scullers.

Things to do around Boston this weekend and beyond

Music, theater, comedy, museum, and family events, and more, selected by Globe critics and writers.

Gina Gagliano is the new executive director of the Boston Book Festival, which will take place Oct. 29 this year.

Under new director Gina Gagliano, the Boston Book Festival announces return to Copley Square this fall

After two years of holding the event virtually, the Boston Book Festival will return to an in-person format Oct. 29.

ART REVIEW
Celeste Rapone, "Spring Couple," 2021.

At the ICA, ‘A Place For Me’ breathes new life into an old art form

A bold collection of 38 figurative works by eight artists poses a core question: Who gets to be portrayed in a painting, not to mention one that ends up being shown in a museum, and why?

"Ricky Ford - Langston Hughes House, Harlem. New York 2008."

Saxophonist Ricky Ford crosses the ocean for a jazz tribute to Langston Hughes in Roxbury

Ford, a Boston native now living in France, returns to the city to perform his original big band compositions inspired by Hughes's poetry with the Makanda Project.

IN FOCUS
The filmmakers' children at White Sands, N.M., in "Nuclear Family."

DocYard ends its season with ‘Nuclear’ option

In ‘Nuclear Family,’ filmmakers and spouses Travis and Erin Wilkerson take a road trip through America’s dark history.