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‘Elephant Company’ by Vicki Croke

J.H. “Billy” Williams was fascinated by the subtlety and strength of elephants’ complex social bonds.

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Croke’s story is an often moving account of J.H. Williams, who earned the sobriquet “Elephant Bill” for his unusual bond with the largest land mammals.

The story behind the book

David Rose draws ideas from spy films, literature

An inventor and instructor at the MIT Media Lab, the “Enchanted Objects” author is bullish on science and technology.

Publication of author/illustrator Louise Fitzhugh’s “Harriet the Spy” in 1964 brought realism to  children’s fiction.

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The 50th anniversary of ‘Harriet the Spy’

The publication of “Harriet the Spy” in 1964 marked a new era in children’s literature.

Bookings

Greater Boston author readings July 13 to July 19

A weekly calendar of author readings and literary events.

Fiction writer and essayist Elizabeth Graver. At right, (top) a photo of her mother and grandmother that she keeps near her desk and (bottom) a doll her grandmother gave her.

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NEW ENGLAND WRITERS AT WORK

Elizabeth Graver draws inspiration from family history

“The End of the Point” author lives in Lincoln and teaches at Boston College.

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‘The Mockingbird Next Door’ by Marja Mills

The book could be described as an authorized memoir — a rare, surprising and respectful look at Harper Lee.

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‘Song of the Shank’ by Jeffrey Renard Allen

The story, unfurls like a tapestry, illustrating the unhealed bruise of American racism.

In Brief

‘Factory Man,’ ‘The Removers,’ ‘Just My Typo’

Kate Tuttle offers capsule reviews of three recent nonfiction titles.

Book Club

The Boston Globe Book Club

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/08/01/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Advance/Images/cavanaugh_07ohara5_g.jpg Discuss ‘Cascade’ with fellow readers

Read “Cascade” by Maryanne O’Hara, selected by Globe readers to talk about throughout the summer.

Summer Arts Preview

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/05/17/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/WEBsummerartsfront-6592--90x90.jpg The sizzling summer of arts

Transforming the Clark Art Institute, a new day at Newport Jazz Festival, plus 90 critics’ picks.

New England literary news

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In the sweet spot

Capsule reviews on books discussing tennis, including “Open: An Autobiography” by Andre Agassi.