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This combination photo shows Jamie Spears, left, and Britney Spears.

The surveillance apparatus that surrounded Britney Spears

An account by a former employee of the security team hired by Britney Spears’s father created the most detailed portrait yet of the singer’s life under 13 years of conservatorship.

TELEVISION
Glenda Jackson in "Elizabeth Is Missing" on "Masterpiece."

‘Elizabeth Is Missing’ is worth discovering

The installment stars Glenda Jackson as a woman who is trying to solve a mystery just as she’s sliding further into dementia.

Vice President Kamala Harris.

‘View’ hosts test positive for COVID moments before they were set to interview VP Harris

A live televised interview with Vice President Kamala Harris was delayed on Friday after two hosts of the “The View” learned they tested positive for COVID-19 moments before they were to interview her.

Globe columnist Meredith Goldstein, left, and writer-actor-comedian Jenny Slate in a screenshot from the prerecorded Globe Summit fireside chat.

‘Little shell in a big world’: Jenny Slate talks about the art of empathy at Globe Summit

Comedian, actor, and writer Jenny Slate sat down with Globe features writer and “Love Letters” advice columnist Meredith Goldstein for a fireside chat about the art of empathy, creativity, and finding sustenance during challenging times.

MUSIC
Violinist Jennifer Koh

Violinist Jennifer Koh on Bach, breaking stereotypes, and being ‘Alone Together’

Koh, who'll play the first two Bach sonatas and the second partita in a special courtyard performance at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on Sunday, was electrified to be able to finally realize the fruits of nearly a decade of labor.

BOOK REVIEW

Looking back at a time when some neighbors were Nazis in wartime Boston

Nazi sympathizers walked the streets of Boston — and held rallies in Hibernian Hall in Roxbury, where a Nazi propaganda film was screened. A Nazi spy operation was conducted out of a brick townhouse not far from the Bunker Hill Monument. Who knew? Apparently everyone.

BIBLIOPHILES
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is an American poet and novelist, and a professor of English at the University of Oklahoma.

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers enjoys reading poetry, especially by Lucille Clifton

Poet, essayist, and now novelist Honorée Fanonne Jeffers took this year off from teaching at the University of Oklahoma to work on new projects, thanks to a fellowship from the Andrew Mellon Foundation. But for now, all her time has been taken up by the limelight since her debut novel, “The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois,” became a bestseller and was selected by Oprah Winfrey for her book club and longlisted for the National Book Award in fiction.

BOOK REVIEW
Author Anthony Doerr.

Stories for survival

“Cloud Cuckoo Land,” Anthony Doerr's erudite, exuberant new work, taps all his gifts while moving in a bold, fresh direction. If “All the Light We Cannot See” was a lyrical tour de force, “Cloud Cuckoo Land” is a David Mitchell-esque maze of interlocking stories and characters in three different timestreams, past, present, and future.


NEW ENGLAND LITERARY NEWS
Annette Gordon-Reed will be awarded the 2021 Governor's Award in the Humanities by Mass Humanities.

A rich, varied poetry anthology, updates from local bookstores, and an honor for author Annette Gordon-Reed

News of a literary bent from around the region.

BOOK REVIEW
Author Joshua Ferris.

Can fiction tell the truth about a life?

Author Joshua Ferris said he based Charlie Barnes’s biography on that of his own father, who died of cancer in 2014. But things aren't what they seem.

STORY BEHIND THE BOOK

Looking at the refugee crisis through a lens of humanity and humor

Rabih Alameddine’s new novel “The Wrong End of the Telescope” is set on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Local bestsellers for the week ending Sept. 19

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

BOOKINGS

Virtual author readings for Sept. 26 - Oct. 2

All author appearances are virtual unless otherwise noted.

PHOTOGRAPHY REVIEW
Lou Jones, "Welder"

At the Griffin Museum: Illusions and internal landscapes

A look at exhibits at the Griffin Museum of Photography by Lou Jones, Zachary P. Stevens, Rhonda Lashley Lopez, and Dylan Everett. Jones's show runs through Oct. 1. The three other shows run through Oct. 24.

CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK
Elizabeth Stanley (seated near table at left) and Celia Rose Gooding (seated at right), with the ensemble of “Jagged Little Pill” at the Broadhurst Theater in New York. The musical, which premiered at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, received 15 Tony nominations, the most for any show.

This year, the Tony Awards have a Boston accent

As Broadway rises to its feet, musicals and plays that got their start here are vying for its top honors. The awards will take place this Sunday.

OMNIPOP
Poppy is never content to stand pat.

With new album, Poppy’s ahead of whatever time it is

On Friday, Poppy released “Flux,” a nine-song album that represents what could be called a simultaneous evolution and consolidation of her often prescient sound.