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In ‘Spin,’ Rebecca Caprara recasts the story of Arachne for a generation of young activists

“A large part of my character studies arose from thinking about her backstory [and] what would make a young woman brazen enough, bold enough, to stand up to a god,” she said.


Local bestsellers for the week ended March 19

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


Author readings around Boston March 26-April 1

All author appearances are in person and free unless otherwise noted.

New England Literary News

Spotlighting Cambridge’s Blacksmith House Poetry Series, Dan Levitt’s ‘What’s Gotten Into You,’ and a new Eric Carle exhibit

Literary news from around the region.

Book Review

Matthew Desmond’s ‘Poverty by America’ turns its lens on those who profit from it

The United States has the knowledge and the tools to abolish poverty, he contends. But those who have the power to do so refuse to make it a priority.


John Sayles on reading for and during the making of a film

The writer-filmmaker-actor reads as part of the Earfull series of authors and musicians at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21 at The Burren in Somerville.


Theresa Runstedtler’s ‘Black Ball’ examines Black Power as a force in the transformation of the NBA

Although the politics of Black Power is primarily known as an urban rebellion for social reforms, its equally important labor component is often overlooked; the new Black assertiveness included the fight for unionization, quality jobs, and access to capital.


Jeff Sharlet, author of ‘The Undertow,’ travels the disturbing backroads of right-wing America

He still holds out hope for the pursuit of a better world.