The times they aren’t a-changin’ fast enough

Toni Morrison’s pieces on race, politics, and literature written over 30 years still feel, sadly, relevant.

A family, processed by US Border Patrol in McAllen, Texas, waits for their next journey.

Book Review

A torn family and hunt for missing girls on the US-Mexico border

Valeria Luiselli’s new novel is “Lost Children Archive.”

Amitava Kumar


For author Amitava Kumar, a desire to find big ideas in small packages leads to a push for novellas

Kumar’s most recent book is 2018’s “Immigrant, Montana.’’

Globe Magazine

Who killed Jean McConville? Did a secret archive at Boston College hold clues?

The widowed Irish mother was dragged away from her 10 children in Belfast in 1972. They never heard from her again.

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Greater Boston author readings Feb. 17 - Feb. 23

A weekly calendar of literary events.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Graphic novel tells story of 2016 election and a crumbling marriage; MIT Press publishes photos of Chinese artist, activist

The grim 2016 election season and its aftermath is both backdrop and foreground to James Sturm’s powerful new graphic novel “Off Season.”

book review

Quiet, achingly complex portrait of a young mother amid divorce

“Territory of Light” is a novel by the late Japanese author Yuko Tsushima.

the story behind the book

My mom, queen of the numbers

Bridgett Davis’s memoir, “The World According to Fannie Davis,” focuses on her mother.

Globe Magazine

Things to do in Greater Boston this winter

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

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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2-7-19 Boston, MA: Author Angie Thomas is pictured as she does a litttle dance as she takes the stage at an event at the Wilbur Theatre where she was promoting her book


Author Angie Thomas talks about her new book at the Wilbur

YA-star author Angie Thomas danced onto the stage at the Wilbur Theatre Thursday night for a conversation with Christina Tucker of the podcast “Unfriendly Black Hotties.”

Elizabeth Barker plans to step down as director of the Boston Athenaeum.

Controversial director to leave Boston Athenaeum

Elizabeth Barker announced in a letter to members that she plans to step down in March.

Ekua Holmes has won two Coretta Scott King Illustrator awards.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Ekua Holmes on a roll; romance-book pop-up store

Ekua Holmes came late to illustrating children’s books, but her first three have won awards.

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

So what exactly is a ‘magical negro’?

Morgan Parker’s new poetry collection is titled “Magical Negro.’’

book review

McCracken’s long-awaited novel steeped in whimsy, loss, and candlepins

Elizabeth McCracken’s “Bowlaway’’ is a multigenerational saga that begins with a stranger and her bowling alley.

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Walking that way turned out better for Aerosmith than Run-D.M.C.

Geoff Edgers examines the legacy of the crossover hit “Walk This Way.’’


Greater Boston author readings Feb. 10 - Feb. 16

A weekly calendar of literary events.


Finding comfort in books during dark times

Andrew Aydin co-wrote the award-winning “March” with his boss, Representative John Lewis.

Stephen King’s ‘Pet Sematary’ to rise again at SXSW

This is the second film adaptation of the horror story, published in 1983.

Jill Abramson

Jill Abramson says she will address plagiarism accusations in book

The Harvard lecturer’s “Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts’’ has had a rocky launch.

A Whirlwind Romance, a romance book pop-up shop run by booksellers Clarissa Murphy and Paul Swydan, will debut on Sunday, Feb. 10, in Somerville’s Union Square.

Get swept away by a whirlwind romance (novel)

A romance pop-up shop will be open Feb. 12-18 at Bow Market in Somerville’s Union Square.

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When a Man Booker winner writes an African ‘Game of Thrones’

“Black Leopard, Red Wolf,” a new novel by Marlon James, is steeped in African folklore and myth.

FILE - MAY 14, 2104: It was reported that New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson announced she will leave the paper May 14, 2014. NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Executive Editor of The New York Times Jill Abramson attends the WIRED Business Conference: Think Bigger at Museum of Jewish Heritage on May 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for WIRED)

Jill Abramson faces allegations she lifted material for her book

Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson is facing allegations that she lifted material from other sources for her new book, “Merchants of Truth.”

Jill Abramson in 2014.

book review

Jill Abramson paints a cloudy future for journalism and democracy

In her book on American journalism, Jill Abramson offers a big, ambitious chronicle of the past decade, taking a focused look at what has happened in several influential newsrooms.

book review

When a satire of mindfulness drifts off

Satirist Sam Lipsyte’s “Hark’’ takes on the moneyed mindfulness movement.

Angelo Paul Ramunni is the founder of the New England Accordion Connection and Museum Company.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Lessons on compassion and mindfulness; Jewish Poetry Festival; stories of accordians and players

Narayan Helen Liebenson of the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center has written “The Magnanimous Heart.’’


Greater Boston author readings Jan. 27 - Feb. 2

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Donald Yacovone: coauthor of “The African Americans.”

If you throw a rock in Cambridge, what are the odds you’ll hit an author? Turns out, not bad

Over the course of an hour, the Globe found six published authors among the approximately 150 people we asked.

Maine author Stephen King


CBS is making Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ into a limited series

“I believe it will take viewers away to a world they hope will never happen,” the Maine author said.

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

Former captive claws back control of his story

Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian was held captive for 544 days in an Iranian prison.

Book Review

Who’s unafraid of Virginia Woolf?

Katharine Smyth takes comfort in her favorite book after losing her loving, alcoholic dad.

Book Review

In ‘The Age of Light,’ the steep price women pay for their art

In her debut novel, Whitney Scharer reimagines the life of photographer Lee Miller and her relationship with Man Ray

Henry Winkler


Henry Winkler’s happy about his Emmy but prouder of being an author

He will visit Plainville on Thursday to promote his newest children’s book.

Boston, MA - 12/5/2016 - Artist Ekua Holmes posed for a portrait in her studio in the Piano Factory in Boston, MA on December 5, 2016. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:


Local authors M.T. Anderson, Jessica Kensky, Patrick Downes and artist Ekua Holmes win American Library Association awards

Cambridge author M.T. Anderson was given a lifetime achievement prize; Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes of Cambridge received the Schneider Family Book Award; and Boston’s Ekua Holmes won the Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Model Gisele Bundchen looks on prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)


Gisele Bundchen hangs in Brookline with Boyz II Men on ‘Carpool Karaoke’

Mariah who?

Howardena Pindell, Untitled #4D, 2009. Image courtesy of the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Jan. 28-Feb. 3

A multimedia exhibit at Brandeis’s Rose Art Museum, “A One-Woman Show About Eartha Kitt,” a Lunar New Year Celebration, and more.

Top: Lloyd Schwartz was recently named the new poet laureate of Somerville.

New England Literary News | Nina MacLaughlin

Lloyd Schwartz named Somerville poet laureate; new bookstore to open on Newbury Street

Poet and Pulitzer-winning music critic plans to make the case for why poetry matters.

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2018 file photo, CNN's Jim Acosta walks into federal court in Washington. The CNN Chief White House Correspondent, who has frequently clashed with President Donald Trump and other officials, has a book coming out June 11. He’s calling it “The Enemy of the People,” Trump’s inflammatory insult for the cable network and others whose reporting displeases him. HarperCollins Publishers told The Associated Press on Thursday, Jan. 24 2019, that Acosta would describe the “near-constant conflict” in covering Trump and offer portraits of Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and others. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

CNN’s Jim Acosta writing book on Trump White House

Jim Acosta has some follow-up comments on the Trump administration.

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2018 file photo, E.L. James poses during a photocall for the world premiere of 'Fifty Shades Freed - 50 Nuances Plus Claires' at Salle Pleyel in Paris. The author of the blockbuster “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy has an “erotic love story” coming out April 16, Vintage Books announced Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. It’s called “The Mister” and is another saga of sex, wealth and other indulgences. It features a rich Londoner who “has rarely slept alone” and a beautiful woman who is an “alluring mystery.”(AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

New novel coming in April from ‘Fifty Shades’ author E.L. James

James is working up some new thrills.

The CNN chief White House correspondent, who has frequently clashed with President Trump and other officials, has a book coming out June 11.

CNN’s Jim Acosta writing book on Trump White House

The title is ‘‘The Enemy of the People,’’ President Trump’s inflammatory insult for CNN and others whose reporting displeases him.

E.L. James, author of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’.

New novel coming in April from ‘Fifty Shades’ author

E.L. James, the author of the blockbuster ‘‘Fifty Shades of Grey’’ trilogy, has an ‘‘erotic love story’’ coming out April 16.

Book Review

A sickness that dissolves the line between sleep and dream

Karen Thompson Walker’s newest book is “The Dreamers.’’

Min Jin Lee


Attracted by authors with wisdom to share

Novelist Min Jin Lee is working on the third installment of her trilogy about Koreans.

Book Review

Like a satire of American racism, only tougher and more honest

Maurice Carlos Ruffin’s novel traces a black father’s push to get his son a medical “demelanization.”

Justin Driver

The Story Behind the Book | Kate Tuttle

How courts steer American schools

Justin Driver’s latest book is “The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind.”

Inspiring a dread that we cannot unknow

Samanta Schweblin’s stories nudge us to ask questions whose answers fill us with disquiet.


Greater Boston author readings Jan. 27 - Feb. 2

A weekly calendar of literary events.

08/20/2017 CAMBRIDGE, MA Author Celeste Ng (cq) poses for a portrait in her home office in Cambridge. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)


Celeste Ng says Julia Roberts is attached to ‘Everything I Never Told You’ movie

The Cambridge novelist tweeted the news.

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich’s 2017 work was awarded the France Inter-JDD foreign book prize.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Marzano-Lesnevich’s book wins French prize; Grolier moves to become a charity

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich has won the France Inter-JDD foreign book prize for the French translation of her book.


Greater Boston author readings Jan. 20-26

A weekly calendar of literary events.

book review

In ‘An Orchestra of Minorities,’ birds of a feather in fate

Chigozie Obioma’s saga of a poultry farmer trapped in tragic circumstances embraces African folk tale.