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Books about John Wilkes Booth

Reviews of “The Madman and the Assassin” by Scott Martelle and “Fortune’s Fool” by Terry Alford.

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‘The Francis Miracle’ by John L. Allen Jr.

Allen’s book is a cascade of acute insights set against a background that establishes a clear context in which to understand what is happening.

Book Review

‘Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town’ by Jon Krakauer

In “Missoula,” Jon Krakauer takes a close look at the issue of acquaintance rape through a series of cases in Missoula, Mont.

the story behind the book

T.C. Boyle’s ‘The Harder They Come’

Ask Boyle why his latest novel is so full of violence and societal dysfunction, and he’ll invite you to look around.

Book review

‘Infamy’ by Richard Reeves

“Infamy”is the story of the unjust relocation and incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.

for children

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“Out and About’’ by Shirley Hughes, “The Death of the Hat’’ by Paul B. Janeczko, and “A Fine Dessert’’ by Emily Jenkins and Sophie Blackall.

Every book affects poet

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Former US poet laureate Robert Hass talks about his reading habits.

the discovery

Jane Hirshfield’s ‘Ten Windows’

Those who feel intimidated by poetry should look for poet Jane Hirshfield’s “Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World.”

Short Stack

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Reviews of “The World in a Second” by Isabel Minhós Martins, and “Tad and Dad” by David Ezra Stein.

Matthew Pearl finds quiet away from his young children to do his writing.

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Matthew Pearl settles into a rented office space

Matthew Pearl, best-selling author of five literary historical thrillers, does his writing behind the reception desk at a Cambridge marketing office.

Toni Morrison, who turned 84 this year, will deliver six lectures at Sanders Theater next March and April called “Baring Witness, Bearing Views.”

Names

Toni Morrison to lecture at Harvard

The novelist will deliver the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures in 2016 at the Mahindra Humanities Center.

Big Shot

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“Plans and Views of Public Parks” showcases more than 70 public spaces designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.

Short Stack

Words with a twist

Frank Viva mirrors a child’s birthday experience in his new puzzle of a book, “Outstanding in the Rain.”

Match Book: What to read next

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Tina Packer’s book “Women of Will” explores the evolution of Shakespeare’s female characters.

Tina Packer on Shakespeare’s five ages of women

In her new book, the founding artistic director of Lenox’s Shakespeare & Company argues that Shakespeare’s female characters matured as he did.

Four prizes awarded at PEN New England’s annual ceremony

Ernest Hemingway’s son, Patrick, handed the 2015 PEN/Hemingway Award to Arna Bontemps Hemenway for his story collection.

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‘The Light of the World’ by Elizabeth Alexander

“The Light of the World” is poet Elizabeth Alexander’s memoir of love and loss.

What to read next

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I used to read nonfiction before bed, but now the minute my head hits the pillow, I’m asleep.

bookings

Greater Boston author readings April 19-25

A weekly calendar of author readings and literary events.

Book Club

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/25/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/grief-3831.jpg The Globe Book Club’s latest pick is ‘The Grief of Others’

Leah Hager Cohen’s powerful, deeply affecting novel is now a movie, directed by Patrick Wang.

Match Book

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New England literary news

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Musicians’ memoirs

Keith Richards’s “Life,’’ Darlene Love’s “My Name Is Love: The Darlene Love Story,” and more.