John Roberts: the focus is on the man in the middle

Joan Biskupic’s biography of the chief justice comes as interest in the Supreme Court is sky high.


Author Amy Hempel and her shed full of books

The master of the short story will publish her first collection in a decade, “Sing to It,’’ on March 26.


Tommy Orange wins PEN/Hemingway Award for debut novel

The author of ‘‘There There,’’ the most honored literary debut of 2018, will be honored at an April 7 ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

Yvonne Abraham

Leaving Harry Potter behind

Why did nobody prepare me for the heartbreak of my son finishing the books?

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Greater Boston author readings Mar. 24 - Mar. 30

A weekly calendar of literary events.

book review

Moroccan family’s tale in Calif. desert sprawls instead of focuses

Pulitzer finalist Laila Lalami’s fourth novel is “The Other Americans.”

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A heartbreaking epic of staggering creativity in Zambia

Namwali Serpell’s wonderfully chaotic debut novel is “Old Drift.’’

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Essays encourage personal quests; Yale Series of Younger Poets winner

“Strange Attractors: Lives Changed by Chance’’ is edited by Edie Meidav and Emmalie Dropkin.

the story behind the book | KATE TuTTLE

Fighting the battle of ideas

Farah Pandith’s new book is “How We Win: How Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business Leaders, and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat’’

Special section

// The story behind the ‘Spotlight’ movie

A look at The Boston Globe’s coverage of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and the movie “Spotlight,” which is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation.

Most anticipated fall books


// 19 must-read books for fall

This year brings big new biographies of Gorbachev, Grant, and FDR, pointed and personal political takes from Hillary Clinton and Ta-Nehisi Coates, and fiction from Jennifer Egan, Alice McDermott, James McBride, Louise Erdrich, and others.

Fall Arts Preview 2017

Fall Arts preview

// A guide to the best of what to see and do in Boston

A complete guide to movies, music, books, arts, theater, and family events in the Greater Boston area this season.

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“John Ruskin” 1876-77, by Charles Herbert Moore

Critic’s notebook

Ruskin at 200: a Victorian genius and his art

A very eminent Victorian remains a force for how we understand art and society.


Books on prison system, death penalty win J. Anthony Lukas prizes

The Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard announced the awards Wednesday.


Stephen King, Peter Straub’s ‘The Talisman’ to be made into a movie

After more than 30 years of speculation, Stephen King and Peter Straub’s novel, “The Talisman,” is finally hitting the big screen.

Huma Bhabha, Four Nights of a Dreamer, 2018.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of March 18-24

Huma Bhabha: They Live sculptural exhibit at the ICA, a bike travel film festival in Arlington, Maker Supply Market, and more.

for Antiques 04/05 - Purchased for only $10 at a Southern California antiques shop in the early 1970s, this vintage movie poster for the MGM 1932 cult classic,

Ty Burr

Believe it or not, cartoonist Bill Griffith says, ‘Zippy the Pinhead’ was based on a real person

The cartoonist’s classic character was inspired by a man named Schlitzie Surtees.

Local Bestsellers

Local bestsellers, week ending 3/10


FILE - In this July 27, 2018 file photo, the logo for Amazon is displayed on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York. Amazon has removed books from its website that promoted

Amazon removes books that promoted autism ‘cure’

It’s the latest major company to try to limit the amount of misinformation related to autism and the bogus notion that it’s caused by vaccines.

Second-place finisher Grace Hwang, Poetry Out Loud champion Rose Hansen, and third-place finisher Phaedra Plank.

New England Literary News

Norwell High student wins Poetry Out Loud; debut novel revolves around a dystopian N.Y.

Rose Hansen is the new state champion of the Poetry Out Loud competition.

Richard Powers


Richard Powers went to the forest to write, and stayed

Richard Powers’s newest novel is “Overstory.’’

Book review

A sweeping epic of history and identity

National Book Award finalist Salvatore Scibona’s long-awaited second novel is “The Volunteer.”


Greater Boston author readings March 17-23

A weekly calendar of literary events.

A chimp named Ponso interacting with a caregiver on Chimpanzee Island in Ivory Coast in 2017.

Book Review

What a chimp’s emotions tell us about ours

Ethologist Frans de Waal’s new book is “Mama’s Last Hug’’

An attendee at a January gun-rights rally in Olympia, Wash.

Book Review

How the politics of racial resentment is hurting the health of white voters

Psychiatrist Jonathan Metzl’s new book is “Dying of Whiteness.’’

The Story Behind the Book

How a high schooler’s obsession became a biography

Holly Van Leuven’s “Ray Bolger” is the first biography of the legendary Boston native.

FILE - In this April 14, 2018 file photo, Howard Stern speaks at the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland. The shock jock’s “Howard Stern Comes Again” will be published May 14, Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday. It’s his first book in more than 20 years, and was No. 1 on within hours of its announcement. Stern’s previous books, “Private Parts” and “Miss America,” both spent months on The New York Times’ bestseller list. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP, File)


Howard Stern soars to No. 1 on Amazon bestseller list; new book out this May

The shock jock’s ‘‘Howard Stern Comes Again’’ will be published May 14, Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 29: Chef Samin Nosrat of 'Salt, Fat, Acid Heat' attends Netflix TCA 2018 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Netflix)


Samin Nosrat of ‘Salt Fat Acid Heat’ fame is coming to Boston

The Emerson Colonial Theatre announced Monday that the chef will be in town for a conversation and book signing on May 1. Tickets go on sale March 15.

“I was a very angry woman, what with the culture. And I started writing,” Anderson says about “Shout.”

20 years after ‘Speak,’ Laurie Halse Anderson is ready to ‘Shout’

The author of the important YA book returns with the story of her own sexual assault when she was a teenager.


Greater Boston author readings Mar. 10-16

A weekly calendar of literary events.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

‘Your friendly neighborhood copy chief’

Benjamin Dreyer’s first book is ‘Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style.’


He keeps an old paperback in the car for reading emergencies

Francisco Cantú’s most recent book is “The Line Becomes A River: Dispatches From The Border.”

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Eggers’s latest is an allegory of civil war and seething division

“The Parade” focuses on two foreign workers paving a road through a war-torn region.

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A fairy tale that pulls you close

Fantasy of Helen Oyeyemi’s ‘Gingerbread’ masks a tale of economic migration

Mathematician Shing-Tung Yau at his desk at Harvard in 1981.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Savory mysteries set in historical Rome; an immigrant mathematician’s life

Crystal King’s “The Chef’s Secret’’ reimagines the life of a 16th century celebrity chef.

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A gorgeous, poetic novel about family, time, and mortality

Kathryn Davis’ “The Silk Road” features a group of pilgrims and reads like a mystery told at a slant.

A 1937 dust jacket design by J.R.R. Tolkien for “The Hobbit” is among the items on display in “Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth” at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York.

Art review

Celebrating the lord of ‘The Lord of the Rings’

“Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth,” at New York’s Morgan Library & Museum, looks at the author’s life and art.

Porter Square Books has found politics energizes its community of readers.

The Arts Issue

Why independent bookstores are thriving in spite of Amazon

From ukulele lessons to speed-dating events, local shops are attracting loyal customers seeking a social hub in an online world. And they’re buying books, too.

Malpaso Dance Company returns to The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard this summer.

The Arts Issue

39 must-see performances, exhibitions, and arts events in New England

The lowdown from the Globe’s arts writers on the new season’s most eagerly anticipated performances, shows, and exhibitions across the region.

Reading children’s books out loud awakened the child in me

Google the value of reading children’s books aloud and the answers are all about the kids. But what about the reader?

An Ha Lim, a.k.a. “The Manipulator.”

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston, March 4-10

Take in the magic of The Illusionists, celebrate International Women’s Day, head to belated Chinese New Year festivities, and more.

Meb Keflezighi was the first American male to win the race in 31 years.

Globe Magazine

How Meb Keflezighi won the Boston Marathon a year after the bombings

“Of course I always ran to win. But this time was different. . . . Boston 2014 was a special focus long before I broke the tape on Boylston Street.”

Suarez wins Spokane Prize; Trident bookseller bound for Bologna

Dariel Suarez’s debut collection of short stories is “A Kind of Solitude.’’

Alice Paul, seated second from left, in August of 1920.

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A suffrage radical who went toe-to-toe with Woodrow Wilson

‘Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait’ focuses on the role of Alice Paul in the movement.

Gretchen Rubin’s latest book is “Outer Order, Inner Calm.”


After a tough week, reaching for children’s books

Gretchen Rubin’s newest book is “Outer Order, Inner Calm.”

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In Mitchell S. Jackson’s ‘Survival Math,’ cracking a deadly maze of racist design

The author retraces his path through a minefield of drugs, jail, gangs, and poverty, using as a guide the history of friends, family, and black men in America.

In this courtroom sketch, Lizzie Borden faints after a prosecutor produced a black bag containing the skulls of her parents, which were going to be presented as evidence during the trial. The image was printed on page one of the Wednesday June 7, 1893 edition of the Globe.

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Will we ever know who killed the Bordens?

Cara Robertson offers fresh facts and insights to Lizzie’s case, if not a final solution.

The Curtain Call Theatre in Braintree was threatened with $150,000 in damages.

When way off Broadway still isn’t far enough

Braintree’s 70-seat Curtain Call Theatre was the latest small theater to receive a cease-and-desist letter from the powerful Broadway producer staging “To Kill A Mockingbird” in New York.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

A better roadmap to the end

Journalist Katy Butler’s new book is “The Art of Dying Well.”


Greater Boston author readings Mar. 3 - Mar. 9

A weekly calendar of literary and events.

Author photo of Geoff Edgers.


Geoff Edgers talks Aerosmith, Run-DMC, and ‘Walk This Way’ at Tufts

The former Globe arts reporter will discuss his new book, “Walk This Way: Run-DMC, Aerosmith, and the Song That Changed American Music Forever.”

Charles Dickens was known to be careful of his image and legacy.

Charles Dickens tried to send wife to asylum, letters show

Dickens maintained tight control over what the public learned about his 1858 separation from his wife.

Huntington Theatre Company takes on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Up-and-comers George Hampe and Lily Santiago have the title roles.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston, Feb. 25-March 3

A contemporary twist on “Romeo and Juliet,” a discussion with the author of “Cat Person,” celebrating Maple Magic, and more.