Anna Burns wins Booker Prize with Northern Ireland-set novel ‘Milkman’

A vibrant, violent story about men, women, conflict and power is set during Northern Ireland’s years of Catholic-Protestant violence.


Funny Women . . . Serious Business raises record-breaking $950,000 for Rosie’s Place

Proceeds benefit the women’s shelter, which annually serves 12,000 women affected by poverty and homelessness.

Gisele Bundchen talked about her book on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Oct. 4.


Gisele’s ‘Lessons’ becomes a bestseller

Bundchen’s memoir ranked ninth on the New York Times’ nonfiction bestseller list.

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Complex look at Frederick Douglass with a lesson for Trump era

David Blight illuminates Douglass’s life and career in his definitive biography of the writer and statesman. 

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GrubStreet’s ‘Lit Up’ gala draws array of local authors

The event raised money for programming, scholarships, and classes for teens and adults in Boston neighborhoods.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston Oct. 22-28

Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys Halloween Happening at the Museum of Science, the Dorchester Short Film Festival, and more.

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A love letter to librarians rises from a fire

“The Library Book’’ is only ostensibly about a 1986 fire but is mostly an homage to a democratic institution.


Drawn to books that take place in small towns

Novelist and journalist Joyce Maynard’s most recent memoir is “The Best of Us.’’

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The Indelible RBG

New biography renders a quiet, hard-working, relentlessly logical feminist jurist amid an enduring love story.

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// 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.

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// 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

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// 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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Wildly bold and skillful retelling of ‘Oedipus’

Daisy Johnson’s debut novel is a vivid retelling of the myth of Oedipus.

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Painter takes inspiration from Le Guin; Carle museum highlights King award winners

In a Rose Art Museum exhibit, Tuesday Smillie includes paintings based on Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Left Hand of Darkness.’’


Greater Boston author readings Oct. 21-27

A weekly calendar of literary events.

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What pirates were really like in Colonial days

“Black Flags, Blue Waters’’ makes clear that pop culture pirates from the movies bear little resemblance to reality.

Here’s what’s happening at HUBweek Sunday

Don’t miss out on the last day of Boston’s HUBweek festival on Sunday, including discussions on youth activism, mindfulness and technology. Here are a few highlights:

Cecilia Vicuna with Quipu Gut at a 2017 exhibition in Kassel, Germany.

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Things to do in Greater Boston this fall

Your seasonal calendar of events, music, theater, and more.


A reading rebirth that includes a health dose of poetry

Tommy Orange’s debut novel is the best-selling and critically acclaimed “There, There,”

Willa Cather with Mount Monadnock in the background.

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Willa Cather in N.H.; Native American poets at Harvard; Tell-All Boston debuts

Jaffrey, N.H., hosts a two-day celebration of the 100th anniversary of Cather’s classic “My Ántonia.” 


Greater Boston author readings October 14-20

A weekly calendar of literary events.

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Allegorical ‘Unsheltered’ ties post-Civil War era to that of Trump

Half the novel is set amid an 1870s utopian community meltdown and the other half amid our own.

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A novelist uncovers his grandmother’s remarkable life

“Invisible’’ is Stephen L. Carter’s biography of his grandmother who was a famous prosecutor in the 1920s.

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A distinctly American story, heavy with fear and love

In Kiese Laymon’s staggering memoir “Heavy,” weight is both literal and metaphorical.

A literary bus driver’s holiday

Librarians and booksellers reveal what they’re looking to see at the Boston Book Festival.

Former NFL football quarterback Colin Kaepernick is seated on stage during W.E.B. Du Bois Medal ceremonies, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. Kaepernick is among eight recipients of Harvard University's W.E.B. Du Bois Medals in 2018. Harvard has awarded the medal since 2000 to people whose work has contributed to African and African-American culture. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)


Kaepernick, Chappelle receive Harvard black culture awards

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle are among eight people being saluted by Harvard University for their contributions to black history and culture.

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Why is Boston’s most important literary site a food court?

Visitors to the Old Corner Bookstore, which has four eateries on its ground floor, would never guess that it nurtured American literature.

Filming for “Little Women” took place in the Back Bay on Sunday.


Emma Watson filmed scenes for ‘Little Women’ in Boston over the weekend

Filmmakers rolled back the clock to the 1800s in the Back Bay on Sunday.

Tori Scott, looking #thirsty.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Oct. 8-14

Afterglow @OBERON, Boston Book Festival, “We Will Not Be Silent,” and more.


Greater Boston author readings October 7-13

A weekly calendar of literary events.

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An important writer forgotten amid a season of loss

Princeton professor Imani Perry looks to turn a spotlight on writer and activist Lorraine Hansberry.

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Raised by white parents, a Korean adoptee wrestles with identity

Nicole Chung’s memoir, “All You Can Ever Know,’’ details what happens when she finds her birth family


A biographer surrounded by the lives of ‘her guys’

Doris Kearns Goodwin’s latest book is “Leadership: In Turbulent Times.”

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American leadership tested by war

Michael Beschloss’s history lends flesh and blood to leaders too often held up as gods of heartless villains.

Murakami slips out of balance in his latest novel  

“Killing Commendatore’’ follows a wobbly portrait painter and his Gatsby-like subject.

Esther Perel (left) talked with WBUR’s Robin Young at last year’s Boston Book Festival.

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Highlights of Boston Book Festival; a memoir of a difficult youth in form of a glossary

The writers featured in the keynote events include Michael Pollan, Tayari Jones, Anand Giridharadas, Steven Pinker , Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, and Kate DiCamillo.

6 takeaways from Ellie Kemper’s ‘My Squirrel Days’

The star of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and fan favorite from “The Office” shares charming essays that chronicle both her professional and personal life, from being a child to having one.

Garrison Keillor has been assused of sexual harassment.


Vermont book festival cancels Garrison Keillor’s appearance

The former “A Prairie Home Companion” host, accused of sexual harassment, had been scheduled to appear at the Burlington Book Festival.

Gisele Bundchen chatted with her husband Tom Brady earlier this year during Patriots’ training camp, as their children lingered in the background. Bundchen and Brady had two small marriage ceremonies, the supermodel reveals in her new book.


5 (very) personal things Gisele Bundchen reveals in her new book

The supermodel writes about her panic attacks, breast enhancements, odd home remedies, and other issues in “Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life.”

Amandla Stenberg stars in Twentieth Century Fox's “The Hate U Give.”


As ‘The Hate U Give’ heads to the big screen, the bestseller is one of the most challenged books

“The Hate U Give” has been a New York Times bestseller for 82 weeks. It was also the eighth most questioned book of 2017. Here’s why.

The Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band plays the Honk! Festival.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Oct. 1-6

Honk! Festival of Activist Street Bands, Salem Horror Festival, author Sarah Smarsh, and more.

Andre Dubus III.

Andre Dubus III returns with his first novel in a decade

This is Andre Dubus III’s first novel since “The Garden of Last Days,” in 2008.

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A literary cloak-and-dagger saga by a five-tool novelist

The versatile Kate Atkinson’s latest book is “Transcription.’’


A trilingual reader who likes to mix it up

The Columbian novelist Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s new book is “The Shape of Ruins.’’


Greater Boston author readings Sept. 30-Oct. 6

A weekly calendar of literary events.

An image of a family on Malaga Island in Maine.

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Poems recall shameful Malaga Island saga; organic farming for a new generation

In her breathtaking new poetry collection, “Midden,” Julia Bouwsma explores the Maine island.

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So you think politics are rough now...

Historian Joanne B. Freeman chronicles political violence leading up to the Civil War.

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Hank Phillippi Ryan sees her career as both detective and mystery novelist

She’ll discuss her tenth mystery, “Trust Me,” on Oct. 3 at An Unlikely Story Bookstore & Cafe in Plainville.


Harvard art exhibits remind us James Baldwin was right. The time for change is now

Art shows at Harvard reflect James Baldwin’s dedication to bearing witness to America’s beautiful and brutal truths.

In this scene from Crazy Rich Asians, Peik Lin (Awkwafina) lectures her Asian-American friend Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) about her clothing.

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Why are Asian-Americans crazy about ‘Crazy Rich Asians’? It isn't about them.

The movie glosses over the obsession with status and materialism that permeates certain sectors of Chinese society in Asia.

Cambridge Ma 06282016 Writer/Director Mike Birbiglia (cq) photographed for Names. He has a new movie


Mike Birbiglia’s latest show, ‘The New One,’ goes to Broadway

The comedian’s latest one-man show comes to Broadway’s Cort Theatre Oct. 25.

Oprah Winfrey


Oprah to speak at UMass Lowell to raise money for scholarships

A Conversation With Oprah Winfrey will be moderated by UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney Nov. 15.

True-crime writer Sarah Weinman’s “The Real Lolita” works to reclaim the story of a real kidnap victim and motivate a reconsideration of Nabokov’s.

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The real ‘Lolita’ gets her due

Sarah Weinman works to reclaim the story of a real kidnap victim and motivate a reconsideration of Nabokov’s.