‘The Black Clown’ unveils America’s three-ring circus of racism

A.R.T.’s “The Black Clown” isn’t just a stirring performance of the Langston Hughes poem. From Botham Jean to Colin Kaepernick to Reginald Andrade, it’s the circus of racism in America.

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Hala Alyan, Ta-Nehisi Coates win Dayton Literary Peace Prize

A debut novel about a displaced Palestinian family and a book of essays exploring race and identity during Barack Obama’s presidency have been named the winners of the annual Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

Former first lady Michelle Obama.

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Michelle Obama to visit 10 cities for ‘Becoming’ book tour, including Boston

The former first lady will stop in Boston at TD Garden on Nov. 24.

23 hot picks for cool fall books

Fiction from masters like Knausgaard, Murakami, and Kingsolver and buzzy novices like Saviano and Riker. Timely histories from Lepore and Goodwin and probing memoirs from Gerald, Chung, and Laymon examine lives and pose the question: What is an American?

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Greater Boston author readings Sept. 23-29

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Another prize for Martín Espada; Newtonville Books turns 20; YA novel looks at Islamophobia

UMass Amherst poet and professor won an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, and earlier this year got Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.

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In ‘The House With a Clock in Its Walls,’ learning what makes this house tick

Jack Black and Cate Blanchett star in “The House With a Clock in Its Walls.”

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Defending the liberal arts

As historians can tell you, the humanities’ defensive crouch is nothing new.

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Greater Boston author readings Sept. 16-22

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/27/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/spotlight-S_09159_rgb.jpg 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.

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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

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

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story behind the book | kate tuttle

Novel rooted in a 1970s screenplay

William Martin’s 11th novel, “Bound for Gold,” began its life as a screenplay.

Last year’s Boston Teen Author Festival drew its biggest number of attendees yet.

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Boston teen author fest; a thriller spills out a Harvard final club

The Boston Teen Author Festival takes place on Sept. 22 at Cambridge Public Library and Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

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The story of a less perfect union — and its original sin

Jill Lepore’s book is a narrative of events and ideas that comes as a divided America cannot even agree on our founding principles. 

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Making sense of American poverty and her own life

In “Heartland,” Sarah Smarsh recounts the human toll of inequality, her own childhood a case study.

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Wildlife writer who loves books about dogs and cats

Sy Montgomery’s newest book is “How to be a Good Creature: A Memoir in 13 Animals.”

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Perfectly executed flight of fancy up and away from slavery

Esi Edugyan’s soaring novel is a meditation on the weight of freedom, wrapped in an adventure story

Matthew Reese, a bookseller at Porter Square Books, sorted through a stack of pre-orders for the Bob Woodward book “Fear.”

Five key takeaways from Bob Woodward’s book on Trump’s White House

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist’s book on the Trump White House hit shelves Tuesday.

Bob Woodward defended his book in an appearance on NBC’s ‘‘Today’’ show.

Trump vents over leaks as Bob Woodward pushes back on criticism

Woodward staunchly defended his work during an appearance on NBC’s ‘‘Today’’ show.

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Liz Bolduc

The Somerville artist creates autobiographical comics and zines to explore complex emotions.

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Picked up a love for Russian lit while in prison

Nico Walker’s autobiographical debut novel, “Cherry,’’ follows an addicted former GI with PTSD.

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Greater Boston author readings Sept. 9-15

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Illustration from Jason Lutes’s graphic novel “Berlin.”

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Graphic-novel of Berlin amid rise of Nazism; P-town book fest; macabre New England

Berlin’’ collects all 11 installments of Jason Lutes’s magnificent work of historical fiction.

Photographer Bill Cunningham at the 2014 MET Gala in New York.

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From West Roxbury to fashion legend

Bill Cunningham’s memoir traces his path to official town crier of fashion for The New York Times.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

How the top 1 percent fosters inequality

Experiences at Aspen Institute led Anand Giridharadas to write “Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World.”

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‘The book means nothing’: Trump disputes Woodward’s portrayal of White House dysfunction

President Trump also suggested that excerpts from the explosive book were timed to interfere with confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

President Trump was flanked by Secretary of Defense James Mattis (left) and John Kelly, White House chief of staff, at a 2017 briefing. Both men are depicted as disparaging the president in a new book by Bob Woodward.

In a new book, Bob Woodward describes Trump’s White House as ‘crazytown’

Also, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the president acted like a “fifth-or sixth-grader.”

John Kerry is sworn in as secretary of state in 2013 by Vice President Biden.

An honest, poignant, surprisingly absorbing self-portrait 

Few rush to read a memoir by a secretary of state, but there is much to commend John Kerry’s memoir.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

Refreshing a pioneering transgender YA novel

Rachel Gold knew “Being Emily” needed an update in the language used around trans issues.

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Greater Boston author readings September 2-8

A weekly calendar of literary events.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with Donald Trump in 2010.

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Inside the NFL (featuring Kraft, Brady, and Trump)

Mark Leibovich’s insider’s look at the league provides a wealth of detail about the owners, coaches, and players.

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In Shteyngart’s satiric, big-hearted latest, everyone is on somewhere on a spectrum

Shteyngart’s satiric, big-hearted latest trails a hedge-fund dad who flees a failing marriage and job and an autistic toddler.

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Falls in love with detectives

Kate Christensen’s newest novel is “The Last Cruise.”

Poet and literary performer Regie Gibson.

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Writing poetry inspired by paintings; a journalist’s cancer memoir; a Peace First primer

Mass Poetry is running Poets in the Galleries writers’ workshops this fall.

Caroline Kepnes released her newest book, “Providence,” in June and visited Warwick, R.I., the following month to promote it.

Shiny happy people give author Caroline Kepnes the creeps

As fans of her novels know — and TV viewers will soon find out — the writer from Cape Cod is drawn to darkness.

From left: Kathryn Newton, Willa Fitzgerald, and Emily Watson in this year’s “Masterpiece” adaptation of “Little Women.”

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We may need ‘Little Women’ now more than ever

At 150 ‘Little Women’ still matters. Why? It hints of a better way to live.

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Believer in a great chain of reading

Patrick deWitt’s newest novel follows the fortunes of an Upper East Side matron on the skids who flees to Paris. 

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Greater Boston author readings Aug. 26-Sept. 1

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the story behind the book | kate tuttle

On trying 50 new things after 50

Fifty was a turning point for Maria Leonard Olsen, author of “50 After 50: Reframing the Next Chapter of Your Life.” 

Leonard Nimoy pictured in 2009. .

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Honoring children’s book biography of Nimoy; deadly mishaps on Mount Washington

“Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy’’ will be featured at Library of Congress National Book Festival.

Claire Tomalin with daughters Jo and

A memoir with a better half

English biographer and literary editor Claire Tomalin’s memoir is “A Life of My Own.”

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A capitalist ‘King Lear’ in India

“We That Are Young’’ involves a billionaire who divides his empire among his three daughters.

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HBO orders new series from Mass. author Tom Perrotta 

The show will be based on Perrotta’s best-selling 2017 novel, “Mrs. Fletcher.” The author was last seen at HBO as one half of the creative team behind “The Leftovers.”

Allie Rowbottom with her mother, Mary, in 1998.

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Jell-O heiresses’s deadly legacy of swallowing pain

Allie Rowbottom defines the “curse” her mom believed was killing her and had killed her mother before her.

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Netflix’s ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before:’ Everything you need to know about the latest rom-com hit

On Friday, Netflix released ‘‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,’’ a coming-of-age tale where a 16-year-old girl who copes with ‘‘intense’’ crushes by writing love letters she never plans to send out.

John Calder, 91, British publisher who fought censorship

Mr. Calder built a prestigious list of authors like Samuel Beckett and Heinrich Böll and spiritedly defended writers like Henry Miller against censorship.

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Here’s what Barack Obama is reading this summer

The former US president shared his reading list online, and it’s filled with romantic comedies. (Just kidding.)

John Kerry spoke earlier this year during the Boston Climate Summit.

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John Kerry to sign memoir at Back Bay Events Center

Kerry is scheduled to sign copies of “Every Day Is Extra” on Sept. 7.

Stan Lee in 2017.

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Stan Lee gets 3-year restraining order against ex-adviser

The Marvel Comics mogul gets order against a former business manager extended for three years.

The author is shown in the inset photo at age 4.

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How I found my race in America

When I stopped smiling like a good immigrant, I risked becoming an angry brown woman.

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Greater Boston author readings week of Aug. 19-25 

A weekly calendar of literary events

Local bestsellers, week ending 8/12

A list of bestsellers based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound.