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Author readings around Boston May 28-June 3

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


Local bestsellers for the week ended May 21

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


In R.F. Kuang’s ‘Yellowface,’ intellectual theft by a white writer unleashes hauntings of all kinds

The wildly entertaining novel works on multiple levels. It is at once an exploration of guilt, a celebration of writing, a look at cultural appropriation, diversity, and racism in publishing, a sharp deconstruction of social media’s impact on the writing world and a bizarre ghost story.


Millennials, in Brandon Taylor’s ‘The Late Americans,’ confront a broken world through sex and theory

More mature than Taylor's Booker-nominated debut, “Real Life,” more polished than “Filthy Animals,” his third is a novel about the anxieties and pieties of grad students as they grapple with the art life and, more literally, each other.


Burkhard Bilger on German Westerns and his favorite historical novels

The New Yorker writer's new book is “Fatherland: A Memoir of War, Conscience, and Family Secrets."


‘King: A Life,’ Jonathan Eig’s deeply researched new MLK biography, reveals a man beset by insecurity and personal doubt but grounded in moral conviction

As Eig details, fame made Martin Luther King Jr.’s efforts often as much of a curse as a blessing. The biography forces readers to view King as more than a martyr, icon, or saint — to see him for who he was, instead of who people thought he was, or wanted him to be.


A new memoir of recovery; Grub Street executive director wins award; a Maine author translates a Swedish poem

News about authors and books from around the region.


Psychology professor Kay Redfield Jamison wants to broaden the notion of psychological healing

Her new book “Fires in the Dark: Healing the Unquiet Mind,” which she calls “a kind of love song to psychotherapy,” sprang from the inspiration she found at a dark time.