The play wasn’t the thing

Susan Choi’s thrilling novel slowly draws the curtain on what appeared to be just high-school drama

Author Margaret Atwood sits for a portait while promoting her new books

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Margaret Atwood visits Boston to discuss ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ — and for opera’s opening night

Ahead of the East Coast premiere of Boston Lyric Opera’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the celebrated author will discuss the impact of her influential 1985 novel and its cultural resurgence on May 4.

American author Stephen King poses for photographers on November 13, 2013 in Paris, before a book signing event dedicated to the release of his new book

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Julianne Moore to star in new TV series written by Stephen King

Moore has signed on to star in King’s new TV series, based on his hit novel “Lisey’s Story.”

This 1953 Boston police booking photo shows James

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Casey Sherman, Dave Wedge to write new Whitey Bulger book, ‘Misery Mountain’

The book will chronicle the Bulger investigation, his eventual capture, and details from Bulger’s final hours.

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A book on the ‘unanswered questions’ of the Boston Marathon bombings is set to become a TV series

Two award-winning directors will team up to adapt Michele McPhee’s “Maximum Harm.”

Carly Simon writing memoir about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Carly Simon is writing an “intimate, vulnerable” memoir about a very famous friend, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Anderson Cooper asked ‘Game of Thrones’ actors how the series ends. Here’s how they responded

John Bradley, who plays Samwell Tarly, hinted to the “60 Minutes” reporter that fans might not be thrilled with the ending.

How will ‘Game of Thrones’ end? For fans of the books, the show’s ending is just the first

The plotlines of the show have long since shot past what’s in George R.R. Martin’s books, whose own finale may be many years away.

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A history of local bicycling; celebrating favorite poems in Somerville

Lorenz J. Finison’s engaging new book isBoston’s Twentieth-Century Bicycling Renaissance.

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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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He believes poetry is the fountain of youth

Award-winning poet Major Jackson’s most recent collection is “Roll Deep.”

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An unpleasing blend of the sacred and the mundane

Nathan Englander’s new novel “kaddish.com’’ is a satiric deliberation on faith, ritual, and mortality.

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A Portuguese writer who fell in love with Dickinson

Well-known in Europe, Ana Luísa Amaral’s second book to be published in the US is “What’s In a Name?”

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Greater Boston author readings April 14 - April 20

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Students for a Democratic Society rallied in support of striking US postal workers in Boston on March 24, 1970.

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National Book Award winner Sigrid Nunez at BU reading; new translation of lauded French novel

Other readers at BU include Ha Jin, Robert Pinsky, Leslie Epstein, Nicole Sealey, and Neshat Khan

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The art of friendship, science of grief

Flickers of supernatural lighten staggering loss in Nell Freudenberger’s brainy and endearing third novel, “Lost and Wanted.”

“Tahitian War Galleys in Matavai Bay, Tahiti” by William Hodges.

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How one people came to inhabit 10 million square miles of the Pacific

Christina Thompson’s magnificent new book is “Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia.”

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

A most unlikely inspiration: Jerry Springer

Jennifer duBois’s new novel is “The Spectators.

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Wrestling with a difficult book? Just relax.

Siri Hustvedt’s newest novel is “Memories of the Future.”

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Original and beautiful stories of vulnerable characters under threat

Short-story master Amy Hempel’s new collection, “Sing To It,’’ is her first in more than a decade.

Aris Snyder, Erin Gates, and Erika Tarantal

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Erin Gates celebrates the release of her new book

“Elements of Family Style” is the designer and author’s second book.

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Former Globe reporter’s book on 9/11 attacks to become a TV series

A limited series based on Mitchell Zuckoff’s “Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11” is in the works for 2021.

Riley the museum dog gets his own book

“The Adventures of Riley the Museum Dog,” a coproduction of the MFA and the Globe, will go on sale April 4.

Actress Bridget Moynahan.

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Bridget Moynahan opens up about her split with Tom Brady — and her new book

The “Blue Bloods” actress talks about getting through a particularly painful time in her new book, “Our Shoes, Our Selves: 40 Women, 40 Stories, 40 Pairs of Shoes.”

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 24: Chris Evans attends the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

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Chris Evans and Michelle Dockery shooting ‘Defending Jacob’ series near Boston

Film crews for “Defending Jacob” were spotted in Wellesley and Hudson.

A collection of Harry Potter books. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Sarah L. Voisin

‘Harry Potter’ books burned at Catholic parish in Poland

Priests at a Catholic parish in northern Poland have burned books, including the “Harry Potter” series, and other items that their owners said had evil forces.

“Moulin Rouge: La Goulue,” Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1891

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Things to do in Greater Boston this spring

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

Your Home | Casual Elegance

Classic meets comfort in a Cape decorated by designer and author Erin Gates

The Newton designer who writes the Elements of Style blog jumped at the chance to transform a house that she had admired from afar.

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She’s drawn to the book less taken

Ytasha Womack is the author of “Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi & Fantasy Culture.”

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Through the eyes of a refugee

Capsule reviews of “Go, Went, Gone’’; “The Lightless Sky’’; “The Book of My Lives’’; “Adua’’

Mennonite sisters head to a gathering after church in Bolivia.

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A novel of patriarchy and ‘ghost rapes’ in a remote Mennonite colony

Miriam Toews explores patriarchal politics in “Women Talking,’’ her novel based on actual events.

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When JFK started us on a race that maybe wasn’t

“American Moonshot’’ peers through the gauzy haze enveloping a project that defined and united a nation.

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

A therapist talks about her own therapy

Lori Gottlieb’s new book is “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone.”

Grace Talusan’s memoir, “The Body Papers,” was the winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing.

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A Philippine immigrant’s memoir; summer residency for writers

Grace Talusan’s new finely-wrought and eloquent memoir is The Body Papers.”

Left to right: Amy Seimetz as Rachel, Hugo Lavoie as Gage, Jason Clarke as Louis and Jeté Laurence as Ellie in PET SEMATARY, from Paramount Pictures.

Stephen King stories so nice (well, maybe not ‘nice’) they’ve come to the screen twice

It’s one thing for a King work to be adapted. What may be even more impressive is that there have been several remakes of King adaptations. The latest example, “Pet Sematary,” opens April 5.

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Greater Boston author readings Mar. 31 - April 6

A weekly calendar of literary events.

This undated photo provided by Penguin Random House shows Tara Westover. Westover's best-selling memoir

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Tara Westover to deliver Northeastern commencement address

Westover is best known for 2018’s “Educated,” her bestselling memoir about overcoming her oppressive childhood.

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Greater Boston author readings Mar. 24 - Mar. 30

A weekly calendar of literary events.

John Roberts: the focus is on the man in the middle

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John Roberts: the focus is on the man in the middle

Joan Biskupic’s biography of the chief justice comes as interest in the Supreme Court is sky high.

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Moroccan family’s tale in Calif. desert sprawls instead of focuses

Pulitzer finalist Laila Lalami’s fourth novel is “The Other Americans.”

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A heartbreaking epic of staggering creativity in Zambia

Namwali Serpell’s wonderfully chaotic debut novel is “Old Drift.’’

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Author Amy Hempel and her shed full of books

The master of the short story will publish her first collection in a decade, “Sing to It,’’ on March 26.

WBUR’s Meghna Chakrabarti will return to emcee Mass Poetry’s annual fund-raising event, “Evening of Inspired Leaders.”

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Essays encourage personal quests; Yale Series of Younger Poets winner

“Strange Attractors: Lives Changed by Chance’’ is edited by Edie Meidav and Emmalie Dropkin.

the story behind the book | KATE TuTTLE

Fighting the battle of ideas

Farah Pandith’s new book is “How We Win: How Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business Leaders, and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat’’

“John Ruskin” 1876-77, by Charles Herbert Moore

Critic’s notebook

Ruskin at 200: a Victorian genius and his art

A very eminent Victorian remains a force for how we understand art and society.

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Books on prison system, death penalty win J. Anthony Lukas prizes

The Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard announced the awards Wednesday.

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Tommy Orange wins PEN/Hemingway Award for debut novel

The author of ‘‘There There,’’ the most honored literary debut of 2018, will be honored at an April 7 ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

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Leaving Harry Potter behind

Why did nobody prepare me for the heartbreak of my son finishing the books?

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Stephen King, Peter Straub’s ‘The Talisman’ to be made into a movie

After more than 30 years of speculation, Stephen King and Peter Straub’s novel, “The Talisman,” is finally hitting the big screen.

Huma Bhabha, Four Nights of a Dreamer, 2018.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of March 18-24

Huma Bhabha: They Live sculptural exhibit at the ICA, a bike travel film festival in Arlington, Maker Supply Market, and more.

for Antiques 04/05 - Purchased for only $10 at a Southern California antiques shop in the early 1970s, this vintage movie poster for the MGM 1932 cult classic,

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Believe it or not, cartoonist Bill Griffith says, ‘Zippy the Pinhead’ was based on a real person

The cartoonist’s classic character was inspired by a man named Schlitzie Surtees.