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The heroine of Victor LaValle’s western gothic ‘Lone Women’ wrestles with a horror from her past

The big secret Adelaide Henry lugs around is both the reason she needs to leave home and the gruesome force that propels each scene — tender or bloody.


Amid colonial rule and Japanese occupation, young lovers pay the price of modernity in Rachel Heng’s ‘The Great Reclamation’

On one level, the novel is about the actual process of land reclamation, which makes sense, given Singapore’s history. On a deeper level, though, it's about what it means to reclaim something that once was, even if others insist it was never there in the first place.

Under Spain’s thumb, a mysterious art took root

A new exhibition at Harvard Art Museums explores colonization’s enduring cultural imprint.


Blythe Roberson sorts her unread books by color and credits her love of reading to Pizza Hut

Roberson gives the classic white male genre — the road trip — a comedic, female, millennial spin in her new book “America the Beautiful?: One Woman in a Borrowed Prius on the Road Most Traveled.”


In her new story collection, ‘White Cat, Black Dog,’ Kelly Link reimagines fairy tales with signature quirk and compassion

Link has a boundless imagination and a sharp sense of humor, but even in tales filled with vampires, monsters, and a menagerie of talking animals, she never forgets the humanity of her characters, even when she puts them through their paces.

New England Literary News

Spotlighting ‘Meet Scott Harney,’ ‘Do It Yourself! Self-Publishing from Letterpress to LaserJet,’ and ‘The Language of the Face: Stories of Its Uniquely Expressive Features’

Literary news from around the region.


Ben Affleck and Matt Damon on why they love making movies together: ‘Ya nevah work anothah day in ya life!’

Ahead of their new film “Air,” out April 5, Affleck and Damon talk about their Boston roots, being best friends, and striking a work-life balance.


Adult me says she doesn’t like mysteries or thrillers, but Ellen Raskin’s children’s classic ‘The Westing Game’ proves her wrong

“The Westing Game” reveals how dense, complicated individuals can be both vicious and benevolent.


Author readings around Boston April 2-8

All author appearances are in person and free unless otherwise noted.


Local bestsellers for the week ended March 26

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


On a lot of TV shows, profanity is a blessing, not a curse

I consistently hear from Globe readers who are [expletive] sick and tired of all the bad language on TV. Me, I usually enjoy it, especially on shows as well-written as "Succession" or "Veep."


A chef’s kiss for ‘Clyde’s’

At the Huntington, Lynn Nottage expertly blends comedy and drama in her play about four kitchen co-workers seeking a fresh start after serving time in prison.


After more than 30 years, Central Square’s Dance Complex still has the moves

“It’s become a place where we have dancers from all corners of the world,” said director Peter DiMuro, who’s led the complex for a decade.

‘Paint,’ starring Owen Wilson, continues a tradition of movies with painter heroes

“Paint” opens April 7, and Wilson’s character resembles Bob Ross. You want more movies about famous painters? Look no further.

Singer with alleged Putin ties withdraws from upcoming BSO performances

Russian operatic bass Ildar Abdrazakov, whose alleged ties to Russian president Vladimir Putin have come under scrutiny over the past month, has withdrawn engagements with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for "family reasons."


Listen to the Allman Brothers concert that helped Jimmy Carter become president

Carter wasn’t called the rock ‘n’ roll president for nothing. Here’s a recording of the 1975 Providence concert that helped him raise money for his presidential campaign.