From war-torn Somalia to Maine: An immigrant’s story of hope

“Exiting the plane felt like a historic moment, like when the first man walked on the moon. I wondered if gravity felt different in America.”

File-This June 1, 2017, file photo, author Stephen King speaks at Book Expo America in New York. There’s a whiff of horror about PEN America’s new Literary Service Award winner, it’s Stephen King. The literary and human rights organization will honor King with the award May 22 at the American Museum of Natural History. His new novel, “The Outsider,” is also published on that date. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)


Stephen King on sharks, Little League, and his new novel, ‘The Outsider’

On a regular day, the bad ideas will float away, but the good ones will stick around, King said.

A poem imprinted on a Cambridge sidewalk. Several new poems will be added this fall.

Cambridge to imprint more sidewalk poetry this fall

Judges sifted through 139 entries from Cambridge residents ages 3 to 86.

Andrew Morton’s “Meghan, A Hollywood Princess” is filled with fun facts about actress Meghan Markle, who weds Prince Harry this weekend.

5 things you didn’t know about Meghan Markle

Gleaned from royals biographer Andrew Morton’s recent “Meghan: A Hollywood Princess.’’

Latest Books headlines

Philip Roth, 85, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist

Mr. Roth won the Pulitzer for fiction in 1998 for his book “American Pastoral.”

Missouri lawmakers approve measure regulating fake meat

Missouri lawmakers have approved legislation that bans companies from labeling lab-grown meat products or meat substitutes as meat.

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Graphic novel’s battle between high, low art; celebrating youth writing and 826 Boston

Boston artist Karl Stevens’s new book is “The Winner.’’

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The one that got away

Melissa Broder’s witty, brooding debut novel traces a woman in an existential and romantic funk who finds her latest affair in an unexpected place.


Greater Boston author readings May 20-26

A weekly calendar of literary events.

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.

More Books headlines

The loneliness of Robin Williams

A new book gives us an artfully-shaped portrait of the star from his isolated childhood to the adult that battled through depression, addiction, and infidelity.


An accidental book collector

Lawrence Wright says in the course of researching his books, like his most recent, “God Save Texas,’’ he has amassed a ton of books.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

How impeachment came to be

Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe’s latest book, co-authored with Joshua Matz, is titled “To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment.”

John McCain

Book Review

John McCain fears for America and thinks you should too

“The Restless Wave,’’ his upcoming and likely valedictory memoir, calls for us to live up to the nation’s values and founding principles at a time when both are in jeopardy.

‘My Kitchen Chalkboard’ offers families ideas for planning a week’s menu in advance

To keep her nightly chaos in check, local author Leigh Belanger writes out weekly meals on a kitchen chalkboard so her two boys know what to expect. And she knows, too.


Her best reading advice: Give a book 75 pages to grab you

Heather Abel’s debut novel, “The Optimistic Decade,’’ takes place at a utopian summer camp and turns on how good intentions can go awry.

Ernest Hemingway and his third wife, Martha Gellhorn, at the start of their honeymoon in 1940.

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Reviving Gellhorn and Hemingway, mostly

Paula McLain’s new novel reimagines the relationship between Ernest Hemingway and his third wife, the indomitable war correspondent, Martha Gellhorn.

Take a hit of acid and call me in the morning

Michael Pollan’s fascinating if flawed blend of memoir and history looks at the rise and fall and return of scientific interest in psychedelics to treat depression, anxiety, and addiction


Greater Boston author readings May 13-19

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Albert Samaha performs as part of a recent Pop-Up Magazine performance.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Changes at Brookline Booksmith; Grolier turns 90

Dana Brigham will retired as co-owner and general manager of the Brookline Booksmith will be replaced by Lisa Gozashti and Peter Win.

the story behind the book

Why reality shows draw us in

In his third book, “Captive Audience,’’ Lucas Mann ponders the appeal of programs about the Kardashians, Honey Boo Boo, and the “housewives” of various cities

Four books on the truth about motherhood

A spate of recent books seeks to offer a clear-eyed look at the joys, fears, and frustrations of being a mother.

Steve Ross (left), founder of the New England Holocaust Memorial, walks through the memorial with his son, Mike.

A monument to hope by a man who never lost it

Steve Ross founded the New England Holocaust Memorial and now with his new memoir he’s launching a more personal statement

Martin Karplus’s “Grand Canyon, Arizona.”

Photography Review

At Cambridge Public Library, photos in color, in the stacks, in Cambridge

Martin Karplus, Diane Asséo Griliches, and Olive Pierce each have distinctive visions to offer in shows at the CPL.

Jennifer Weiner


Jennifer Weiner talks fiction, nonfiction, and the #MeToo movement

On May 7, the author will speak at Combined Jewish Philanthropies’ Pomegranate Society & Friends Event at the Boston Marriott in Newton on the topic of women who dare.

New England Literary news

Graphic-novel history of America’s pastime; posthumous stories from Maine’s Elaine Ford

“The Comic Book Story of Baseball,’’ written by Alex Irvine and illustrated by Tomm Coker and C.P. Smith, and is a lively and accessible chronicle.

The story behind the book | Kate Tuttle

A fan of perfection that’s not too perfect

In his latest book, Simon Winchester explores the idea and practice of precision.

Local Bestsellers, 5/6


Book Review

‘That Kind of Mother’ is an absorbing, frustrating story of race, class, and motherhood

Rumaan Alam’s novel follows a white first-time mother who adopts the orphaned baby of her late black nanny.

Stephen Greenblatt’s ‘Tyrant’ joins this year’s crop of hate reads

Entertainment Weekly reported that every 2018 No. 1 nonfiction bestseller has been related to Trump.


Admires books that ignite strong reactions

In Stephen McCauley’s newest, “My Ex-Life,” a pair drift back together after a long-ago divorce.


Greater Boston author readings May 6-12

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Book Review

Michael Ondaatje crafts a superb wartime mystery

Tale of an intelligence officer questions how sure we can be about anyone’s story — even our own.

FILE - In this April 18, 2018 file photo, former FBI director James Comey poses with his book

James Comey is in Boston to promote his new book

Harvard Book Store hosted a sold-out presentation of his new book, ‘‘A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership,’’ at the Back Bay Events Center on Sunday.

William Vogt was a drama critic and amateur birder who never trained as a scientist.

four takes

Recalling the birth of environmentalism

Four books tell the stories of the people and ideas that shaped the way we think about ecology and conservation

Author Joan Didion.

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Women whose pens proved mightier

Michelle Dean compiles the biographies of a group of “sharp” 20th-century women writers.


A poet who reads poetry constantly

Kaveh Akbar’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New York Times, and elsewhere.


Greater Boston author readings April 29-May 5

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Rachel Kushner’s brilliant new novel of a crime and punishment hellscape

““The Mars Room” weaves a tapestry of contradictory characters to explore big ideas.

This undated image made from a video by the National Transpor-tation Safety Board shows the stern of the sunken ship El Faro.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Harrowing saga of the El Faro sinking, Ha Jin’s poems of being outsider

Boston journalist Rachel Slade’s first book, “Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro,’’ is tense, sad, and true.

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

Marriage and the pursuit of happiness

“Wife, Inc.: The Business of Marriage in the Twenty-First Century” explores how American women look at and experience marriage.

A terrifying ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ season two kicks off in these iconic Boston locations

They look very different, though.

The University Press of New England was based at Dartmouth College.

University Press of New England to close

The press operated as a consortium that once numbered 10 colleges and universities but had in the past two years shrunk to just two.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of April 23-29

“Wig Out!” in Cambridge, Fusion Cuisine in Somerville, Pathways to Freedom in Boston, and more.

A young Eunice Kennedy.

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The formidable Kennedy sister

Difficult and driven Eunice Kennedy Shriver used her prickly personality for the lasting benefit of others.

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How to write wonderful essays

“How to Write an Autobiographical Novel” is so good that several of its essays match the standards of Annie Dillard.


Still gets knocked out by the right book

Ann Hood believes that certain books resonate with us more at different points in our lives

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It’s a man’s world — even in the myths

Madeline Miller unspools a feminist retelling of the tale of Circe

Celeste Ng is this year’s ambassador for Independent Bookstore Day.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Indie bookstores celebrate; translating poetry; Newburyport bookfest

Independent Bookstore day celebrates the beating pulse and personality of indie bookshops all over.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

A novel about asymmetrical ties and creativity

Author Lisa Halliday admits the some details of her debut borrow from her life

President Trump (left) and former FBI director James Comey.

Trump rewrites history on rationale for firing Comey

The firing of FBI Director James Comey, and President Trump’s subsequent suggestion that the Russia investigation was a factor, led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller.