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Greater Boston author readings Feb. 17 - Feb. 23

A weekly calendar of literary events.

An illustration from James Sturm’s “Off Season.”

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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.”

President Trump gains weight, now considered obese

President Donald Trump has put on some pounds and is now officially considered obese.


Tie one on

A Providence-based furniture designer brings a creative touch to a larger audience

Boston, MA - 2/05/2019 - New England Patriots wide receiver and Super Bowl LIII MVP Julian Edelman taps his heart and points to the fans to show his love during today's New England Patriots Super Bowl LIII Victory Parade. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Metro, Reporter: Globe Staff, Topic: 06parade, LOID: 8.5.332310335


Julian Edelman shares adorable Valentine’s Day tribute to his daughter on Instagram

It’s not just Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen expressing their love this Valentine’s Day.

ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 03: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots kisses his wife Gisele Bündchen after the Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. The New England Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)


Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen celebrate Valentine’s Day with romantic Instagram posts

The couple kept their social media declarations of affection short and sweet this year.

Steak frites features a New York strip from Northeast Family Farms.

Quick Bite

Chef Rachel Klein re-emerges in a friendly suburban spot in Sharon

The Square wants to be a neighborhood place and has succeeded right out of the gate. A group of investors opened it because they wanted a spot where they could hang out with their friends.

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.

Peregrine and Rochambeau set to debut; Dorchester gets an American Provisions

Restaurant news you can use.

You don’t have to get rid of everything that’s bugging you in one go. A little patience will save your wardrobe and your wallet.


Some words of caution before you Marie Kondo your wardrobe

Donating everything to Goodwill might feel good initially, but it could leave you with a dysfunctional closet and probably won’t address the clutter’s root cause.

Ask Amy

Football player wants to do GoFundMe end run

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

8 die of measles in Ukraine this year as outbreak worsens

Eight people have died of measles in Ukraine since the start of the year, already half as many as died in the whole of 2018, authorities said on Wednesday.

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.

King, the wire hair fox terrier, posed after winning

It’s good to be King: Wire fox terrier takes Westminster’s best in show

There were some boos — along with modest cheers — at Madison Square Garden when the judges named 7-year-old King, a wire fox terrier, the top dog.

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.”

Love Letters

He’s already seeing someone else

As confusing as it was for me, it was even worse because he had just told me two days prior that he wanted me to move there.

King, a wire fox terrier, competes in the Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. King won Best in Show. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

King again! Wire fox terrier wins Westminster

King, a wire fox terrier, was chosen best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Ashley Iaconetti

The VIP LOUNGE | Ashley Iaconetti

The VIP Lounge with former ‘Bachelor’ contestant Ashley Iaconetti

She and her fiance, Jared Haibon, are getting married in Newport, R.I., this summer.

A Ski Butlers technician fits rental equipment for a family. Ski Butlers will deliver freshly waxed and tuned gear to your lodging at 47 resorts worldwide.

The big lug: Ski transport and delivery services on the rise at resorts

Ski Butlers, a company established in Park City in 2005, will deliver its one-millionth rental this year.

Travel Troubleshooter

Travelocity can’t help me with my Air India refund, can you?

Erin Vuono just wants an Air India flight refund. Her online travel agent, Travelocity, can’t help her. Can this consumer advocate help?

20180801 Jamestown, N.Y -Visitors yuck it up at the National Comedy Center, a museum dedicated to the art of Comedy. The $50 million museum features an array of artifacts and high-tech exhibits, including — no kidding — holograms of comedians, both dead and alive. Jamestown in located is Western New York 75 miles south of Buffalo. Photo by: Dan Cappellazzo

Here, There, and Everywhere

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news you can use.

Whether for a day trip, a vacation, or a wedding on the beach, see if there’s love in the air on Florida’s Honeymoon Island.

Want love that lasts? Honeymoon Island has serious street cred. And rattlesnakes.

It was the home of the first reality show, in 1940.

Beaches by day, clubs by night, and eye candy galoreÑno wonder Miami is so hot with bachelors and bachelorettes. (Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau) 03miami

Miami-bound for a fling before the ring? Here’s what’s new in the ‘Vegas of the East’

Here’s a look at what’s new and fun, especially for bachelors and bachelorettes, in this sultry city. Bring your attitude — and a tiara, if that’s how your crew rolls.

In this Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 photo a bud tender shows a top cannabis strain at Serra a dispensary in Portland, Ore. A U.S. senator from Oregon has proposed legislation that would give states a free hand to allow legal marijuana markets without the threat of federal criminal intervention. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Man sues over job rejection due to medical marijuana

A Connecticut man whose bid to become a firefighter in the state’s largest city was rejected because he uses medical marijuana has sued.

Newport, RI: Interior of St. Mary's Church.

Newport, R.I., is still cool in the winter

The long-running Newport Winter Festival, running Feb. 15-24, is a good reason to visit during the offseason.

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.’’

Lynn Van Hulse and Butch Beck from Arizona hiked a trail in west-central Vermont.

Starting down the trail together

Hiking honeymoons get some marriages off on the right foot.

The open kitchen is inches or feet away, depending on where you’re sitting.

What She’s Having

A love affair in four courses at The Table at Season to Taste

The Cambridge restaurant offers romance for people who enjoy food (almost) as much as they enjoy each other.

Come out to a legal workshop for startups in the food industry.


What does a healthy meal look like these days?

Here’s what experts say we should be eating: lots of vegetables and fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts, fish, lean poultry, and a moderate amount of healthy fats.

Thursday at Bertucci’s in Kendall Square was ukulele-building night, an event put on by Somerville-based Yaymakers. The participants included Rajesh Sridhar (left) and Jed Tranate.

At Yaymaker events, it’s about experiences, not products

Somerville-based Paint Nite has rebranded itself as Yaymakers, featuring drone-making and candle crafting — part of an economy that values experiences, not just products.

Treat your sweetie at Cacao Nuts & Chocolates

The display case at Cacao Nuts & Chocolates in Jamaica Plain is filled with luscious, handmade chocolates. The shop opened in July and offers a nut bar with more than a dozen choices.

Antiabortion activists Sandra Merritt and David Daleiden spoke outside of a courtroom in San Francisco on Monday.

Pair who secretly filmed Planned Parenthood fight charges

Planned Parenthood has made an unusual legal demand to join California’s criminal prosecution of two antiabortion activists charged with invasion of privacy for secretly making videos as they tried to buy fetal material from the organization.

Rocco’s sweet creations will make you smile

The humble shop offers some of the heftiest, most enterprising hand-cut doughnut creations around. Doughnuts from other stores look puny next to these.

An allergy almost killed her son. Now she’s trying to change Mass. law

Despite making her son’s nut allergy clear to the server, he almost died in a Cambridge restaurant. Now this Sudbury woman is fighting to close the loop on communication with kitchens.

By the Glass

Vivid wines make for a spicy affair, thanks to the team at Oleana

Last month, Oleana chef-owner Ana Sortun and wine director Theresa Paopao hosted a cooking demonstration and wine tasting in Norwood.

‘Just come in and enjoy the food’

At the new Pho Viet’s II in Newton Centre, broth is bubbling in stockpots as a steady stream of customers come in for a bowl of pho to warm away the winter chill.

Getting Salty

A conversation with Karen Akunowicz of Fox & the Knife

Akunowicz attracted fans at the South End’s Myers + Chang, where she won the James Beard Award as Best Chef: Northeast in 2018. Now she has her very own spot.

Love Letters

‘Living together is just more work for me to do’

We have always talked about marriage and a family one day, but now I feel like I’m second guessing every decision we’ve made together.

Ask Amy

Offensive remarks strike too close for comfort

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Actor Sam J. Jones poses with members of the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival staff (from left): Elsa McLaughlin, Olivia Grant, and Tishna Lodi.


Actor Sam J. Jones talks about ‘Life After Flash’ documentary

After saving the universe in 1980 sci-fi classic “Flash Gordon,” the film’s charismatic star faded into obscurity. But why?

Hayley Kaufman

A pretty and predictable red carpet at the Grammy Awards

Janelle Monae was the only one to turn up the heat on the Grammys red carpet, where pretty and predictable ruled the night.

Outdoor seating at Cultivar, one of many local restaurants to close in recent months.

Why are so many Boston restaurants closing?

It’s the rents. It’s the labor costs. It’s changing tastes. It’s the Trump factor. In short: It’s the perfect storm, and something needs to change.

Connections | Magazine

He who laughs last

My lighthearted grandfather was in pain, and out of jokes. What could I do?

The Kicker | Magazine

What I thought I’d be doing at age 50, according to my childhood self

I would be quite elderly and probably close to death at all times. And I would live in a glass penthouse and drive a talking car.

Miss Conduct

Advice: A friend tries to get out of paying her share. I’m sick of it.

Everyone else complains when she’s not there, but no one in our group wants to confront her.

Special report

//[1].jpg Bitten by Uncertainty: A Globe report on Lyme disease in the Northeast

In 2013, the Globe took an in-depth look at the disease, the patients, the debate, and the science.


// The Love Letters podcast: Ditch the ex’s T-shirt, or wear it?

After a breakup, is it better to hold onto relics from the relationship, or to dump them?

Listen:   Apple Podcasts   |   Stitcher   |   RadioPublic


Dining Out

Dining Out reviews

// Where should you eat this week?

Check out the Globe’s reviews of dozens of Boston-area restaurants.

Design New England

// Second Life

An architect turns his old barn in Newport, Rhode Island, into a light-filled multipurpose haven for family and guests.