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Author readings around Boston Aug. 7-13

All author appearances are virtual and free unless otherwise noted.


Local bestsellers for the week ended July 31

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


Boston Ballet’s ÜNI Public Art offers 360-degree views of dance under a portable dome

With a new pop-up initiative, Boston Ballet is taking its artistry out of Citizens Bank Opera House and into the streets.


Alex Light’s ‘You Are Not a Before Picture’ celebrates loving the body you’re in

As a former beauty editor at the UK’s Hello! magazine and a woman with a history of eating disorders, Light has written a frank, comforting book.

Put a little poetry in your summer with these August events

The Boston Poetry Marathon and the Summer Poetry Festival have readings in store in August.


The virus of inequality in ‘The Viral Underclass’

When George Floyd was murdered in 2020, he was found to be positive for COVID. If police violence hadn’t killed Floyd, the virus might have — and that’s no coincidence, says journalist Steven W. Thrasher in this engaging, enraging new book.

Caring for one who didn’t care for you

“From the age of six, I had disliked my mother,” writes Tillman, “but I didn’t wish her dead.” And so unfolds this masterfully-wrought story of ambivalence that is both heartbreaking and exasperating.

Related Reading: A city of one’s own

Why did so many women flock to New York to find themselves in the 20th century? And what can we learn from reading books about their lives?