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Virtual author readings for April 18-24

All events take place online; visit the venue website for more information.

Local bestsellers for the week ending April 11

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

Alfred Hitchcock at the Cannes Film Festival in 1972.

‘Twelve Lives,’ one master of suspense

There have been many books written about Hitchcock, ranging from adulatory (“Hitchcock/Truffaut”) to thoroughly nasty (Donald Spoto’s “The Dark Side of Genius”). Do we really need another? The answer turns out to be yes.

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga..  Some last thoughts from Lewis will be published this summer. Grand Central Publishing announced Tuesday that Lewis’ “Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation” will come out July 13, almost a year after he died at age 80.

Final thoughts from Rep. John Lewis to be published in July

Grand Central Publishing announced Tuesday that “Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation” will come out July 13 with comments from the longtime Democratic congressman on “courage, faith, activism, humility, forgiveness, marriage, death, the pandemic and much more.”

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Editor James Crews, top center, wants to help readers love their lives as they are. Poets include Amanda Gorman, Ted Kooser, Ross Gay, and Joy Harjo.

‘The mission is joy’ for editor of new all-star poetry collection

Editor James Crews wants to help readers love their lives as they are.

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Taking on the Sacklers in ‘Empire of Pain’

Patrick Radden Keefe has written a true tragedy in multiple acts.

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A novel about theater and life in ‘Good Company’

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney deftly and empathetically charts the nuanced rhythms of friendships, particularly those that, under certain circumstances, take on the role of a close-knit family circle.

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Hanif Abdurraqib is an American poet, essayist, and cultural critic.

Hanif Abdurraqib on reading poetry, becoming a poet

In his new collection of essays, “A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance” Abdurraqib explores what it means to be Black through the lens of brilliant Black performers.