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Local bestsellers for the week ending October 18

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


Virtual author readings Oct. 25-31

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

Book fests in Massachusetts and Vermont feature literary luminaries, writing workshops

Jill Lepore, Celeste Ng, and Andre Dubus III are among the writers who will appear at the Concord Festival of Authors and the Brattleboro Literary Festival.


New biography ‘The Dead Are Arising’ humanizes Malcolm X without diminishing him

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Les Payne focuses his sharp investigative lens on the life of an enigmatic American icon whose life and death continue to fascinate.

For Kelli Jo Ford, short stories and Indigenous authors

The author weaves together the stories of three generations of Cherokee women in Oklahoma in her critically acclaimed debut novel “Crooked Hallelujah.”


Don DeLillo’s ‘Silence’ ponders an offline world

DeLillo’s seventeenth novel is an investigation into what remains of contemporary life when the technological advances that have permeated much of society no longer exist.


Seeing the tortoise and the hare in ‘The Zealot and the Emancipator’

John Brown and Abraham Lincoln were two of the central figures in the destruction of slavery. Their stories were parallel lines, never intersecting. And yet they exerted irresistible force on each other, power that combined to end a blight on the country.