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It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Food season is upon us. When you can’t hold another drop of gravy or bite of pie, take our quiz on the famous food and feasts of literature — a no-heartburn way to extend the joy of eating.

Palestinian poet with Harvard ties detained and ‘beaten’ by Israeli forces before being released, lawyer says

Acclaimed Palestinian poet Mosab Abu Toha was recently abducted in Gaza by Israeli military personnel and “interrogated and beaten” before he was released, according to relatives and supporters.


Matthew Longo’s ‘The Picnic’ tells the story of a forgotten Pan-European gathering on the border between Hungary and Austria in 1989

In his detailed account, Longo reminds readers that history depends as much upon luck and personality as structural forces


James Ellroy is not impressed

The crime novelist only recommends his own books to others: "There’s me and nobody else."


For Oliver de La Paz, community is built on sonnets and verse

Worcester’s poet laureate, whose "Diaspora Sonnets" was longlisted for the National Book Award, directs his life and work toward the service of others.


Jennifer Burns, in chronicling the life of Milton Friedman, charts a struggle of national ideals

The father of neoliberalism courted fame and influence, turned a dispassionate eye to political matters


Author readings around Boston through Nov. 25

Sohla El-Waylly, Lauren Graham, Michael Cunningham, and Nancy Kerrigan are among those appearing at local bookstores this week. All author appearances are in person and free unless otherwise noted.


When you want a recipient to feel truly understood, choose the perfect book

Let the Globe help you pick a book for your favorite person this holiday season