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Craig Santos Perez doesn’t read poetry when he’s writing it

What does this year's National Book Award winner for poetry read instead?


‘Becoming Ella Fitzgerald’ presents the First Lady of Song as a consummate artist who wrote for both the connoisseur and the public

Judith Tick’s biography also gives readers a look at a media ecosystem that has all but disappeared


Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum acquires first-edition copy of Phillis Wheatley’s poetry collection; new book offers complex portrait of Henry David Thoreau; Rumspringa Books opens in Springfield

A weekly roundup of literary news from around the region


‘Faces of Phillis’ imagines Phillis Wheatley’s life for the 250th anniversary of her poetry collection

Work by playwright Ade Solanke and poet Porsha Olayiwola will be performed at the fifth annual Pierce Performance on Dec. 4.


Author readings around Boston through Dec. 9

Patricia Cornwell, Tatiana Johnson-Boria, Rachel DeWoskin, Robert Pinsky, and Kirun Kapur are among those appearing at local bookstores this week. All author appearances are in person and free unless otherwise noted.


Local bestsellers for the week ended Nov. 26

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

Six takeaways from Liz Cheney’s book assailing Trump and his ‘enablers’

Former Wyoming representative Liz Cheney's new book offers a rare peek inside the Republican cloakroom at what she heard from her colleagues about “the Orange Jesus,” as one wryly called Donald Trump.


Sylvia Plath’s botanical interests offer a fresh perspective on the poet’s life and work in a Smith College exhibit

'The Bell Jars'' immersive approach stirs up questions about intellectual opportunities for women at midcentury.