How an Arlington author got a million-dollar book deal

Whitney Scharer’s debut novel, “The Age of Light,” was bought for more than $1 million after a bidding war involving a dozen publishers.

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Though your heart is breaking

In “Smile,” Roddy Doyle spins the swift and devastating tale of a man who comes to know the consequences of laughing it off.

Dave Eggers.


Savors rare chance to pick random book

Dave Eggers says most of his reading is involved with his work with McSweeney’s.

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The fault in John Green’s new novel isn’t in his stars

“Turtles All The Way Down’’ contains familiar pleasures for fans along with an arresting portrait of mental illness, but the balance is off.

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When pitchers ruled the earth

The Year of the Pitcher’’ by Sridharan Pappu chronicles a momentous year for American and for baseball.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Book fest marks political climate; a cure for writer’s block

The theme of this year’s festival, taking place Saturday, Oct. 28 in and around Copley Square, is “Where We Find Ourselves.


Greater Boston author readings Oct. 22-28

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

A first novel about an old love

For Hoffman, the novel was a new way to write about LGBT characters in a changing community.

Beloved writer’s archives are back where they belong

After nearly 20 years, the papers of award-winning writer Donald Murray have found their way back to the UNH campus in Durham.

Special section

// The story behind the ‘Spotlight’ movie

A look at The Boston Globe’s coverage of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and the movie “Spotlight,” which is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation.

Most anticipated fall books


// 19 must-read books for fall

This year brings big new biographies of Gorbachev, Grant, and FDR, pointed and personal political takes from Hillary Clinton and Ta-Nehisi Coates, and fiction from Jennifer Egan, Alice McDermott, James McBride, Louise Erdrich, and others.

Fall Arts Preview 2017

Fall Arts preview

// A guide to the best of what to see and do in Boston

A complete guide to movies, music, books, arts, theater, and family events in the Greater Boston area this season.

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Brooklyn, New York-John Hodgman, author of “Vacationland” lies on a grave at the Green-Wood Cemetery. John Hodgman is a writer, comedian and author of three best-selling books about fake facts. He is the host of the Judge John Hodgman podcast and contributes a weekly column for the New York Times Magazine. Vacationland is his first non- fiction book. The Brookline native will appear at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on November 1 at 6 PM , followed by a book signing at the Brookline Booksmith at 7 PM.

Q&A | Magazine

Comedian John Hodgman runs out of fake facts, turns to the truth

The Brookline native weighs in on his first nonfiction book, rage and spite here in Massachusetts, and Maine’s “painful beaches.”

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 15: Guest applaud Margaret Atwood during the 'Peace Prize of the German Book Trade' ceremony of German Publishers and Booksellers Association, at St. Paul's Church (Paulskirche) on October 15, 2017 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The Board of Trustees of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade has chosen the Canadian author, essayist and poet Margaret Atwood to be the recipient of this year's Peace Prize. The Peace Prize has been awarded since 1950 and is endowed with a sum of 25,000 Euro. (Photo by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)

Margaret Atwood receives Franz Kafka award in Prague

The celebrated Canadian novelist and poet has been awarded the Franz Kafka Prize.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Oct. 16-22

Frog Pond Pumpkin Float, Faneuil Hall Marketplace A Cappella Competition, and more.


Crime authors to speak at Reading library

Brunonia Barry, Randy Susan Meyers, and Hank Phillippi Ryan will speak Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

Majoring in espionage

“Spy Schools’’ looks at American and international spy agencies and their incursions into academia.

A team of women code breakers working for the US Navy during World War II.

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Unearthing another set of amazing hidden figures

Liza Mundy’s tale of a cadre of American women code breakers in World War II joins a growing catalogue of recent works that shed light on the forgotten women of math and science.


Greater Boston author readings Oct. 15-21

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

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A Parisian composer’s twilight love affair

Jules Lacour, still healthy enough to row on the Seine daily at 74, meets a beautiful young musician who is drawn to him.


Drawn to stories by female authors

Jennifer Weiner has taken frequent shots at the literary establishment for overlooking or dismissing women writers.

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When odd things happen to good people

As these stories show Eugenides’s prose, humor, and observational acuity have remained pointed over the years.

Few read poetry, but millions read Rupi Kaur

The 25-year-old got her start on Instagram and has never won a Pulitzer Prize, or a National Book Award, or been US poet laureate, but her book sales dwarf those who have. Why?

Fall Arts preview

A guide to the best of what to see and do in Boston

A complete guide to movies, music, books, arts, theater, and family events in the Greater Boston area this season.

FILE - In a June 13, 2017 file photo, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman speaks with members of the media following NFL football practice, in Foxborough, Mass. Edelman is getting a different kind of reception these days _ as a children’s book author. The New England Patriots wide receiver is out for the season with an injury and on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 is scheduled to perform a special reading of his new book, “Flying High,” at the Jewish Community Center in Newton, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Julian Edelman to read from his children’s book in Newton

The Patriots star is getting a different kind of reception these days — as a children’s book author.

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield recently removed a mural featuring an image of a Chinese character that plays into an archaic stereotype.

Critic’s Notebook

In Springfield, Dr. Seuss is at center of a cultural clash

An image created by Theodor Geisel years ago is resonating in an unintended — and to some, an unpleasant — way today.

Globe Magazine

A cautionary tale about high school sexting — from Duxbury

This well-heeled community was shocked by what’s becoming a widespread phenomenon: teenage girls being pressured to share revealing photos.

Globe Magazine

How to avoid your 15 minutes of online shame

Afraid of online haters, trolls, and bullies? Here are five strategies to protect yourself.

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A shift in the balance of power

In Naomi Alderman’s explosive new novel, girls across the world suddenly acquire the power to conduct electricity — and put men in their place.


Greater Boston author readings Oct. 8-14

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

Local bestsellers

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

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An exhaustive and engaging look at the life of Muhammad Ali

Jonathan Eig’s comprehensive account stands apart from the book considered the definitive biography in that it covers the final quarter century of the champion’s life.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

Ordinary Africans fighting terrorists

The seeds for “A Moonless, Starless Sky” were planted when Alexis Okeowo reported on the kidnapping of 300-plus girls in Nigeria by Boko Haram.


No snob about popular fiction

Gabrielle Zevin doesn’t think it’s useful for writers to ignore books simply because they’re considered popular fiction.

Book review

Can Hamilton biographer rescue Grant’s reputation?

Ron Chernow rewards the reader with considerable life-and-times background, clear-eyed perspective, sympathy that stops short of sycophancy, and gritty and intimate details.

The Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield.

Dr. Seuss museum will take down mural after authors threaten to boycott festival

Several authors said they would boycott a festival at the Massachusetts museum over a mural that, they say, promotes racial stereotypes.

Megan Giller


Q&A with Megan Giller, author of ‘Bean to Bar Chocolate’

In her new book the writer profiles artisanal makers from across the country and includes recipes and tips for chocolate pairing.

Google ends free-articles rule for publishers

Google is ending a decade-old policy that required publishers to provide some free stories to Google users —though it’s not clear how many readers will even notice, at least for the moment.


Picking books with an eye toward the future

Dan Brown says his new book has inspired a new reading interest.

four takes

Trump was not our first scandalous president

Capsule review of “The Teapot Dome Scandal’’; “Iran-Contra’’; “Impeached’’; and “A Vast Conspiracy’’

Peter Volante, founder of Volante Farms, holds stalks of celery in the 1930s.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Nurturing young writers; favorite poems at BU; and recipes from Volante Farms

In his “Writing Radar’’ Jack Gantos has created a funny and exceedingly useful primer for aspiring authors.

the discovery

Thinking about imagination

Mary Ruefle’s essays showcases her good, wild mind.

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

When grandad helped build the bomb

Intergenerational strife over Vietnam was widespread, but it was uniquely resonant in Jennet Conant’s family.

Book Review

Ta-Nehisi Coates tackles Obama and Trump, and fragile white feelings are not spared

The national correspondent for The Atlantic ruminates on the historic presidency of Barack Obama, but also the man now fixated on erasing his legacy.


Greater Boston author readings Oct. 1-7

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

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Jennifer Egan’s remarkable historical noir trails a daughter’s hunt for her missing dad

“Manhattan Beach’’ is a richly allusive literary tapestry and a transporting work of lyrical beauty and emotional heft.

Top 10 books targeted for banning in 2016

The American Library Association’s annual compilation of those works most often challenged.

From left: Vice President George Bush, President Ronald Reagan, and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1988.

Book review

Gorbachev: a tragic hero

In “Gorbachev: His Life and Times,” William Taubman writes that the Soviet leader is celebrated in the West as a reformer and visionary but scorned in his own land.

The invention of concentration camps

What made concentration camps possible, Andrea Pitzer said, were a series of technological advances.

Harvard sophomore Amanda Gorman reads her work at the Library of Congress.

A young poet for whom words are not enough

Harvard sophomore and National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman on writing, finding inspiration in Lin-Manuel Miranda, and, just maybe, running for president.


Greater Boston author readings Sept. 24-30

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

Patti Smith at the Newport Folk Festival in 2016.


‘I really don’t know what they see in me,’ says Patti Smith

Smith, who still seems stunned by celebrity, says she’s going to spend the next decade focused on writing.

French troops arrive at a British port after heroically fighting their way out of Dunkirk in June of 1940.

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Good, bad, and bloody of Dunkirk

Michael Korda places Dunkirk against the background of the larger strategic picture as Europe erupted into war.