An intimate, open-ended biography of Broadway star Elaine Stritch

Alexandra Jacobs’s new biography fleshes out our picture of the raspy-voiced actress and singer, who died in 2014 at 89.


For author Joe Hill, horror is in his blood

“Full Throttle” is Joe Hill’s new collection of 13 sinister tales, two of which he wrote with his father, Stephen King.

FILE -- Harold Bloom in New York on March 12, 2011. Bloom, the prodigious literary critic who championed and defended the Western canon in an outpouring of influential books, died on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, at a hospital in New Haven, Conn. He was 89. (Mark Mahaney/The New York Times)

Harold Bloom, author of ‘Anxiety of Influence,’ dies at 89

Mr. Bloom’s seminal “The Anxiety of Influence” and melancholy regard for literature’s old masters made him a standard-bearer of Western civilization amid modern trends.


Young adult novelist Erin Entrada Kelly isn’t afraid of the dark

The ‘Lalani of the Distant Sea’ author will appear at the Boston Book Festival on October 20.

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Elizabeth Ames makes a novel return to campus in ‘The Other’s Gold’

The author will appear in conversation with Joanna Rakoff on Wednesday evening at Belmont Books.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Small wonders, Concord authors, and ‘Polaroid’ poems

The latest news from around the New England literary scene

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Paul Theroux goes beyond the border with a deep dive into Mexico

The travel writer offers a complex, contradictory, empathetic picture of Mexico that couldn’t be more vital.

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Things to do in Greater Boston this fall and winter

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

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In ‘Olive, Again,’ Elizabeth Strout’s beloved character gets better with age

The magnificent sequel to “Olive Kitteridge” is bleaker, sadder, and more achingly beautiful than its predecessor.

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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Finding a middleground through the power of negative thinking

The author of ‘Holding On To Nothing’ will read at the BPL on Saturday, October 19, as part of the Boston Book Festival.

Author Bill Bryson.

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New books by Bill Bryson and Tim Parks offer in and out of body experiences

In a pair of witty and informative books, Bill Bryson pops the hood on the human body and Tim Parks wanders deep into the fog of consciousness

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Yale exhibition celebrates John Ruskin, the most titanic of Victorian titans

“Unto This Last: Two Hundred Years of John Ruskin” observes the great critic’s bicentenary.


Cape Cod resident Martin W. Sandler announced as finalist for National Book Award

The book that has Martin W. Sandler under consideration in the category of Young People’s Literature is “1919 The Year that Changed America.”

This combination photo of book cover images shows, from left,

Marlon James, Laili Lalami are National Book Award nominees

Marlon James fantasy novel “Black Leopard, Red Wolf,” Laila Lalami’s immigrant tale “The Other Americans” and Jason Reynolds’ neighborhood story “Look Both Ways” are among this year’s finalists for the 70th annual National Book Awards.


Horn Book Award winners, honorees celebrate at Simmons ceremony

"This Promise of Change" authors Debbie Levy and Jo Ann Allen Boyce were among those at The Boston Globe Horn Book Awards on Friday night.

Liz Phair reflects on moments throughout her life in “Horror Stories.”

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In ‘Horror Stories’ Liz Phair charts the long road from ‘Guyville’

Singer/songwriter Liz Phair’s beautifully written memoir is a collection of small but critical epiphanies.

FILE - This May 16, 2005, file photo shows the home of author Stephen King in Bangor, Maine. The horror writer and his wife have petitioned the city of Bangor for a zoning change for the home where they raised their children. If approved, the mansion will become home to Stephen King’s archives, and a guest house next door will become home to writers in residence. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)


Stephen, Tabitha King plan changes to iconic Maine home

Stephen and Tabitha King are ready for the next chapter for their Victorian mansion that stands behind a wrought iron gate festooned with winged creatures and spiderwebs.


Gail Collins illuminates the ageless power of women

New York Times columnist Gail Collins comes to the Brattle Theatre on October 17 and the American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society on October 18.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

Words of wisdom and warning in Imani Perry’s ‘Breathe’

Imani Perry reads from “Breathe: A Letter to My Sons” on Friday at Harvard Book Store.

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In ‘The Second Founding,’ the noise of today carries echoes of the Reconstruction

In a brisk but far-reaching study, historian Eric Foner finds parallels between today’s political turmoil and those that marked the Reconstruction.

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Short cuts and strange detours in Zadie Smith’s ‘Grand Union’

The “Swing Time” author beguiles and bewilders with her first collection of short stories.

Selections from King’s Chapel Library (above and top right) were stored at the Athenaeum in a bookcase built in 1883.

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At the Boston Athenaeum, a 17th-century book collection makes you think: Which titles matter most today?

The Boston Athenaeum solicited libraries of essential reading for the 21st-century.

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2018 file photo, Jim Carrey attends the LA Premiere of


A literary guy: Jim Carrey novel scheduled for next May

Jim Carrey has set his wild sights on the literary world.

Boston, MA - 8/02/2019 - Getting Salty photos for interview with chef/restauranteur Tiffani Faison. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Lifestyle, Reporter: Kara Baskin, Topic: 07salty, LOID: 9.0.473240416.


At Orfano, Tiffani Faison gets to meet an idol

The chef didn’t expect a very special guest at her new restaurant this weekend. Then Roxane Gay showed up.

Whistleblower Christopher Wylie who alleges that the campaign for Britain to leave the EU cheated in the referendum in 2016, speaking at a lawyers office to the media in London, Monday, March 26, 2018. Chris Wylie's claims center around the official Vote Leave campaign and its links to a group called BeLeave, which it helped fund. The links allegedly allowed the campaign to bypass spending rules. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)


Cambridge Analytica whistle-blower has book out next week

Christopher Wylie, the whistle-blower at Cambridge Analytica, the data-mining firm linked to using social media for targeted political ads, has a book deal.

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‘The Lager Queen of Minnesota,’ and three more tales of brothers and sisters

M.J. Andersen gathers up four books driven by the complicated relationships of brothers and sisters


‘Land of Wolves’ author moseys between stacks at the ranch

Amy Sutherland talks books with the author of the Sheriff Walt Longmire mystery series, Craig Johnson.


Author Michael Pollan visits Northeastern for Ruderman lecture, talks psychedelics

The bestselling author of “How to Change Your Mind” was in Boston Tuesday.

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Leslie Jamison sets her curiosity free in ‘Make it Scream, Make it Burn’

The author of “Make it Scream, Make it Burn” comes to Brookline Booksmith on Monday and Harvard University on Tuesday.

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Kevin Barry stays on course with tragicomic ‘Night Boat to Tangiers’

The author’s third novel is a beautifully paced, darkly incantatory tragicomedy on love, betrayal, and squandered chances.

In Emma Donoghue’s ‘Akin,’ an unlikely journey across nations and generations

The “Room” author returns with an odd little social experiment of a novel.

The Avenue Victor Hugo bookstore has reopened in a barn in Lee, N.H.

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Avenue Victor Hugo returns, the Dogtown Writers Festival debuts, and buried treasure awaits

The latest news from around the New England literary scene.

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Michael Pollan talks psychedelics and his book ‘How to Change Your Mind’

The celebrated author went into his latest project as a skeptic. He didn’t expect to be so profoundly affected.

Author Ta-Nehisi (left) and Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey has selected Ta-Nehisi Coates’ novel “The Water Dancer” as her next book club pick.

Oprah Winfrey picks Ta-Nehisi Coates novel for her book club

Winfrey selected Ta-Nehisi Coates’ novel “The Water Dancer” as her next book club pick.


For ‘Heavy’ author, collecting is right up there with reading

Author Kiese Laymon will discuss his memoir at Boston College’s Gasson Hall on Wednesday.

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Patchett’s ‘The Dutch House’ inhabited by the spirits of the past

Lovers of Dickens and Bronte will feel right at home in Ann Patchett’s intricate and alluring new novel

Jim Carter in

Things to Do

The Weekender: The Crawleys return, ‘The Crucible’ churns, and ‘Between Two Ferns’

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

Brian Jay Jones goes behind the man behind the ‘Cat in the Hat’

The biographer will read from ‘Becoming Dr. Seuss’ on Thursday at the Historic Rotunda at American Ancestors.

President Clinton came from a middle-class background but now the Clinton family is part of the American elite.

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In ‘The Meritocracy Trap,’ a sobering look at what it takes to get ahead

A new book by Yale Law School professor Daniel Markovits argues that the American elite is built atop a precarious ‘foundational myth.’

Stephen King.

Dash for tickets to Stephen King event in Somerville has blood-curdling ending for some

Porter Square Books, which is hosting an October talk featuring King and his son, Joe Hill, accidentally oversold tickets to the event on its website, after it crashed.


In the digital age, book culture turns to ‘flipbait’

All those printed volumes dropped on my doorstep? They look a lot like the internet.

14thatcher - Thatcher Wine, book curator (yes, there is such a thing) and the founder of Juniper Books, wants you to reconsider bookshelves Ñ and the power of print. He and Elizabeth Lane, a book buyer at Partners Village Store in Westport, have co-written ÓFor the Love of Books: Designing and Curating a Home Library.Ó (Juniper Books)

Gwyneth Paltrow’s book curator, Thatcher Wine, turns up the volumes

“The books we keep are the stories we tell about who we are,” said Wine.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Sept. 16-22

See the off-Broadway hit “Black Light,” check out the inaugural Latinx Heritage Night, catch a sugar buzz at What the Fluff?, and more.

The Story Behind the Book | Kate Tuttle

For Gina Rippon, gender equality begins with the brain

British brain researcher Gina Rippon will read at Harvard Book Store Thursday at 7 p.m.

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‘On Fire’ a chilling prescription for a burning planet

Naomi Klein’s “On Fire” is a cri de coeur on climate change, and a plan for what to do about it

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Book Review

Salman Rushdie’s ‘Quichotte’ reroutes a legendary journey through the 21st century

The author pushes an old classic to the limit.

Newport, RI - 9/12/1953: Senator John F. Kennedy, right, smiles as his father, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., left, kisses bride Jacqueline Kennedy at the couple's wedding reception in Newport, R.I. on Sept. 12, 1953. (Charles McCormack/Globe Staff) --- BGPA Reference: 150323_MJ_003 jfk100

New book focuses on Jackie Kennedy’s years as a journalist

Before marrying John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Bouvier was the ‘‘Inquiring Camera Girl’’ for the Washington Times Herald from 1951-53. One of her interview subjects was JFK, who at the time was a senator from Massachusetts.

Stephen King before a book signing event in Paris on Nov. 13, 2013.

On late night show, Maine author Stephen King says it’s time for someone new to replace Susan Collins

On “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” King discussed a recent tweet in which he said Maine Senator Susan Collins “has got to go.”


Greater Boston author readings Sept. 15-21

A weekly calendar of literary events.

The racially charged jail suicide of Sandra Bland after a traffic stop gone wrong is the point of departure for Malcolm Gladwell’s book.

Gladwell’s ‘Talking to Strangers’ a far-flung survey of the fairly obvious

Is New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell a master of the obvious or the king of the counterintuitive? It’s a toss-up in his latest book.