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Chun Han Wong’s ‘Party of One’ offers a glimpse of China under Xi Jinping but limited insight into the man himself

The author simply does not have enough material to discuss Xi Jinping’s inner life in any detail, other than some of the early parts. So motives are scarce: We see what he has done, but not always why.


Jennifer Ackerman on reading poetry before sitting down to write

The longtime science writer's new book is “What an Owl Knows: The New Science of the World’s Most Enigmatic Birds.”


In Andre Dubus III’s latest novel, ‘Such Kindness,’ a man struggles for redemption in the aftermath of addiction and financial collapse

Dubus has an uncanny ability to capture a certain type of New Englander whose aloofness stems not from rudeness but self-protection and insecurity.


Ocean Vuong, in ‘Time is a Mother,’ writes from ‘the country of grief’

New England, the setting of Vuong’s acclaimed debut novel, “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous,” also helped inspire his second poetry collection.


Grolier poetry manager and graphic designer team launch new micropress; Bloomsday Boston 2023 celebrates Joyce and ‘Ulysses’; Annual breast cancer benefit brings authors together in person this year

News about books and authors from around the region.


Author readings around Boston June 11-17

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


Local bestsellers for the week ended June 4

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

Who’ll win at the Tonys, and who should

For readers keeping score at home, here’s a glance at the contenders in the main categories and our predictions.


As the Tonys arrive, uncertainty for Broadway lingers in the air

From wildfire smoke that’s disrupted performances to a writers strike that threatened its awards show to uninspiring box office numbers, Broadway has taken some blows as it prepares for Sunday’s celebration.

In ‘Shucked,’ Tony nominee and Lynn native Alex Newell is bringing — and feeling — joy

As Lulu, Newell brings down the house every night. Now they're up for the prize for best featured actor in a musical.

Odie Henderson Review | ★★★

‘Flamin’ Hot’ prints the spicy legend of a Cheeto

Eva Longoria makes her feature directorial debut with this cheesy biopic starring Jesse Garcia as a Frito-Lay janitor with a brilliant idea.

Boston Early Music Festival is an embarrassment of riches

June 5 and 6 concerts featured operatic fireworks, a forgotten harpist, and a breakout soprano star

Odie Henderson Review | ★★★★

‘Past Lives’ asks what could have been and what may still be

Writer-director Celine Song’s feature debut is a poignant meditation on love, friendship, and fate spanning two decades.

Boston Globe Today wins three digital video awards

The Globe and NESN's new weekday tv show received a platinum award for its debut show on April 18 as well as two gold awards for short-form social media videos.


‘Perry Mason’ and ‘I Love That for You’ canceled

Showtime did pick up Neil Patrick Harris’s “Uncoupled” in February after Netflix didn’t renew it, however; maybe another outlet can rescue “I Love That for You.”

At the Worcester Art Museum, tracing Impressionism’s journey from France to the US

The movement’s blithe beauty remains the surest of bets for museums nearly a century and a half after it arrived on American shores.