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NEW ENGLAND LITERARY NEWS
An Illustration from Gretchen Legler's new book on living off the land.

A life closer to nature, a visit to Kendall Square, and a state Senator writes a book

Literary news from around the region.

BOOK REVIEW
Author William Brewer.

Going on a trip in ‘The Red Arrow’

The fictional present of William Brewer’s impressive debut novel, “The Red Arrow,” lasts one day, split across two train rides: from Rome to Modena and back again. Time is not linear here, nor is much else.

BOOKINGS
Bob Ryan (”In Scoring Position: 40 Years of a Baseball Love Affair”) reads in person at 7 p.m. Thursday at An Unlikely Story.

Author readings around Boston May 15-21

All author appearances are virtual and free unless otherwise noted.

BOOKS

Local bestsellers for the week ended May 8

Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound.

Gina Gagliano is the new executive director of the Boston Book Festival, which will take place Oct. 29 this year.

Under new director Gina Gagliano, the Boston Book Festival announces return to Copley Square this fall

After two years of holding the event virtually, the Boston Book Festival will return to an in-person format Oct. 29.

Mr. Leo, in his office at U.S. News & World Report in 1995.

John Leo, columnist who took aim at liberal pieties, dies at 86

Mr. Leo viewed American life with a gimlet eye, leavened by a disarming sense of humor and a deep reserve of cultural and historical knowledge.

Author Rick Riordan spoke at an event at the MFA in 2015.

‘If you have a problem ... take it up with me.’ Rick Riordan blasts racist backlash over ‘Percy Jackson’ casting

Rick Riordan, the Boston-based bestselling author, posted a statement to his website Tuesday condemning individuals who have criticized casting for the upcoming Disney+ series based on his popular “Percy Jackson” books.

STORY BEHIND THE BOOK

‘Metropolis,’ set in Boston, centers around 6 characters and a storage facility

"What happens when people who come from completely different backgrounds and places start to interact?" That’s the idea behind B.A. Shapiro’s ninth novel, set in and around Boston.