V.S. Naipaul was an acclaimed writer of many contradictions

The Nobel laureate had so many gifts as a writer that he could seemingly do whatever he wanted.

A view of the end of one of the sections of the “Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ’Round the World.”

Two Mass. artists painted this 1,275-foot-long panorama 170 years ago — and it’s on display now

Long before movies, people were entertained by scrolling panoramas and panorama barkers, who narrated the harrowing tales depicted. One of the biggest of these paintings is now on view in New Bedford.

Annie Brewster (left) and Nancy Marks founded The Opioid Project: Changing Perceptions Through Art and Storytelling.

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Fighting the opioid crisis, one story at a time

An artist and physician have teamed up to change the conversation around the opioid epidemic.

President Bill Clinton holds a copy of

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Bill Clinton’s debut novel is a million seller

‘‘The President is Missing,’’ a thriller co-written with James Patterson, has more than 1 million sales in North America alone.

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Omarosa Manigault Newman says Trump is ‘physically ill,’ and she blames Diet Coke

The former White House staffer says she’s researched the topic and found a BU study linking consumption of diet beverages to increased chance of stroke and dementia.

Boston Book Festival cancels One City One Story event amid plagiarism flap

Plagiarism claims dogged Sonya Larson’s “The Kindest,’’ which had been selected for the marquee session.

Former Globe Spotlight reporter’s novel inspired by infamous Boston murder headed to big screen

Following Dick Lehr’s 2003 Globe article, a man was freed after more than a decade in prison.

V.S. Naipaul, 85, fiery novelist and Nobel laureate

Mr. Naipaul penned comic masterpieces of island life before turning to the larger world, authoring richly detailed works on postcolonial states.

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Greater Boston author readings week of Aug. 12-18

A weekly calendar of literary events.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/27/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/spotlight-S_09159_rgb.jpg 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

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/06/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/fallbooks_1440x600.jpg 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

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/07/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Fall%20arts%20home%20version%201-5253.jpg 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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Boston pastry chef’s tasty novel of small town life and a young superhero Vineyard scientist

“The Late Bloomers’ Club” tells the story of a local diner owner and her sister with filmmaking aspirations.

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A broken woman reflects the soul of Zimbabwe

“This Mournable Body” follows middle-aged, once promising Tambu, erratically employed, and bitterly floundering.

Mrs. Bradley-Martin.

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Match made in heaven: new American money, poor old royals

Gilded Age history of American social climbers looking to marry aristocrats buried in debt.

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A fan of genre benders and home improvement

Dani Shapiro’s upcoming memoir, “Inheritance,” revolves around ancestry, identity, and a family secret.

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Bringing a sense of place and history to the Gulf

Jack E. Davis won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction for “The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea.”

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Fog of war

Wrenching, courageous tales of US fighters in Afghanistan and Iraq on missions with cloudy aims.

Constance Wu and Henry Golding star in “Crazy Rich Asians.”

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ comes to the screen with big expectations

The movie arrives with big expectations from readers — and viewers.

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Joe Hill, author and son of Stephen King, sees a link between Lady of the Dunes, ‘Jaws’

The New Hampshire thriller writer thinks the murder victim might have been a movie extra.

The author with her family. From left: Lily, 14; Wyatt, 12; the author; her husband, Rob; Rory, 12; and Sam, 17.

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Happier parents do these 10 things

Raising children shouldn’t rob us of joy. Here’s how one mother restored her sense of contentment.

Nell Stevens

The Story Behind the Book

Writer of ‘sort-of memoirs’

As she did in her debut, Nell Stevens’s new book explores the interaction between novel and memoir.

Patricia Hermes, 82, whose children’s books had serious side

The author’s books for children and young adults often dealt with serious subjects, including death, incest, war, famine, and slavery.

John Green, author of “The Fault in Our Stars.”

John Green tweets greetings for Happy Esther Day

Green was marking the unofficial holiday that falls on the birthday of his late friend, Esther Grace Earl, the inspiration for his YA bestseller “The Fault in Our Stars.’’ 

Chris Coulon, a.k.a. Tallboy, and Brian Denahy with their 2017 Beyond Walls creation.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Aug. 6-12

Beyond Walls Mural Festival, QWERTY Festival, “As You Like It,” and more.

31strout Elizabeth Strout by Leonardo Cendamo

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Maine-born author Elizabeth Strout receives big honor from New York Public Library

The recipients of the annual honor, which were announced last week, are recognized for career-long achievements in literature and culture.

Art Spiegelman

Art Spiegelman gets a MacDowell Medal, and he feels a little funny about it

The 70-year-old Spiegelman said he’s ambivalent about such awards, but acknowledged it’s a cool honor for a guy whose work was greatly influenced by Mad magazine.

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A story of lost love, strange and subversive

In “The Third Hotel’’ Clare attends a horror film festival and sees her recently deceased husband everywhere.

Keith Gessen

Bibliophiles

In Keith Gessen’s family, reading is a noble pursuit

The Russian-born author’s most recent book is the just-released novel “A Terrible Country.”

Celeste Ng of Cambridge won the New England Book Award in fiction for “Little Fires Everywhere.”

New England Literary news | Nina MacLaughlin

Seaweed in the Gulf of Maine; N.E. Book Award winners; and new children’s book

Susan Hand Shetterly’s “Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water’s Edge’’  is out this week.

Book Review

If Portnoy was an Indian immigrant writer

“Immigrant, Montana” explores the main character’s unstable cultural identity and his uncertainty as to what he’s even doing in the United States.

Charles Darwin, circa 1878, in one the last photographs taken of him.

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Evolving story of evolution

“The Tangled Tree’’ tells a story of discovery that has changed our view of life.

Bookings

Greater Boston author readings Aug. 5-11

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Local bestsellers, week ending 7/29

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The secret flight that launched Amelia Earhart’s career

The intrepid flier was a Boston social worker struggling to make ends meet when she got the phone call in 1928. They were looking for a woman who could fly — and who was willing to risk her life.

From left, Tonya and Ben Mezrich with the cover art for their new children's book

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Ben Mezrich to roll out new book, ‘Bitcoin Billionaires,’ in the spring

If you thought the author’s interest in the Winklevoss twins ended with “The Accidental Billionaires,” his 2009 book about the creation of Facebook — think again.

Ai Weiwei in Truro.

Ai Weiwei brings a potent show to Provincetown

“Rebar and Case” springs from the moment when the famed artist’s practice slammed into the brick wall of the Chinese government.

Omarosa Manigault-Newman with President Trump and then-Housing and Urban Development Secretary-designate Ben Carson (far right) at the White House in February 2017.

The latest Trump White House tome comes from . . . Omarosa

The former “Apprentice” villain will dish her time working on the Trump campaign and then as the administration’s director of communications for the office of public liaison.

Allison Yarrow

The Story Behind the book 

Why a certain slur hasn’t gone away

Journalist Allison Yarrow finds a trend toward reducing women to a set of stereotypes.

John Kerry in a 2016 interview with the Globe at the State Department.

John Kerry, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Michael Pollan to appear at 2018 Boston Book Festival

The annual literary event will feature more than 200 authors.

Shooting up

Beth Macy explores the long history of the nation’s (and the world’s) opioid problem and what can be done about it

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Striking debut weaves love, faith, and fanaticism on a college campus

At the center of “The Incendiaries’’ are former “kid evangelist’’ Will Kendall, alluring Phoebe Lin, and cult leader John Leal.

Book Review

An incendiary saga of immigrant brothers outside Toronto

David Chariandy’s “Brother’’ offers a portrait of struggling immigrants and their disenfranchised children.

Carl Zimmer

Bibliophiles

Working more science fiction into his diet

Carl Zimmer’s most recent book is “She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity.”

John Katsaros will read Tuesday evening at Tewksbury Public Library.

Bookings

Greater Boston author readings July 29-Aug. 4

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Trident Booksellers on Newbury Street has renovated after being damaged by fire.

new england literary news

Trident plans to reopen in August

Customers will note some changes, the biggest being the creation of a whole section for children’s books and hosting more events.

Inspiration or plagiarism? Writing hackles raised in Boston dispute

Accusations of plagiarism arose in June over a story chosen by the Boston Book Festival for its One City One Story program.

Local bestsellers for week ending July 22

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Bill Skarsgard stars in Hulu's

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We keep taking terrifying trips to Maine, thanks to Stephen King

The latest project inspired by the Maine horror master's work, “Castle Rock,” debuted Wednesday.

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

Sean Spicer’s Mass. book signing was canceled over ‘political concerns’

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s publisher says a book signing at a Seekonk BJ’s has been canceled “due to the political climate.”

Porcelain teacups by Mark Shapiro of Stonepool Pottery in Worthington.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of July 23-29

Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour & Sale in Western Mass., Circus Smirkus, “A Father’s Lullaby,” and more.

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Researching his own life

Novelist Alexander Chee’s latest book is a collection of essays, “How to Write an Autobiographical Novel.”

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Lyrical memoir of Haiti; pairing poets and sculptors; grisly Harvard murder

Marilène Phipps arresting, bewitching new memoir is  “Unseen Worlds.’’