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A dystopian America that feels close to home

In Ng’s heart-wrenching and brilliant novel, “Our Missing Hearts,” 12-year-old Bird Gardner doesn’t remember a time when all the books were still in the library. Before he was born, an economic downturn, known simply as “The Crisis,” upended society, shut down schools, and caused major unrest.

New England Literary News

New England Book Awards winners announced, a variety of events at the Maine Lit Fest, and two new independent bookstores

All the news of a bookish bent, from all around the region. Plus three hot book recommendations, and a bookseller pick of the week.


An MIT philosophy professor examines the good life in hard times

Kieran Setiya’s "Life Is Hard: How Philosophy Can Help Us Find Our Way" offers a road map for critical and cathartic thinking.


Local bestsellers for the week ended Sept. 25

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


Author readings around Boston Oct. 2-8

All author appearances are virtual and free unless otherwise noted.

Morgan Talty wins New England Book Award for ‘Night of the Living Rez’

The book is the debut story collection from the 31-year-old author, a member of the Penobscot Nation who teaches at the University of Maine.


Libraries face increased attempts to ban books

As right-wing organizations mobilize to restrict access to titles they consider offensive, librarians in Rhode Island and around the country are finding themselves on the front lines of First Amendment freedoms.


Joshua Bennett on reading ‘to pursue astonishment’

In his new book, “The Study of Human Life,” Joshua Bennett blends poetry and speculative fiction to reimagine the world as it is and envision a world that could be. Bennett is the author of two previous poetry collections and one book of criticism. He talked with us about what he's reading, and why.