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Authors strut their stuff

Literary gossip columnists, political poets, cranky lefties, and singing novelists are just some of the characters traipsing through Boston this spring to promote their new books.
Live and in person
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 02, 2012
Book It: Small Press Saturday @ Newtonville Books

Book It: Small Press Saturday @ Newtonville Books

 On Saturday, the independent publishers Hanging Loose Press, Last Light Studio, Madras Press, McSweeney's, Melville House, and Muumuu House will set up shop at Newtonville Books in an event...
By Eugenia Williamson  |  October 31, 2011

Authors talking: Spring readings in Boston

America’s best young novelist, Britain’s most popular mystery writer, a bearded indie rocker, and a dead master populate this spring’s mandatory literary events.
By ear
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 18, 2011
Wesley Stace

Wesley's Stace's sublime puzzle book

Early morning, June 23, 1923, a gunshot wakes the neighbors. The resulting discovery -- two persons poisoned, one shot in an apparent murder suicide -- shakes not only quiet Kensington but also the musical world.
Ah, sweet music
By CLEA SIMON  |  March 04, 2011

13 must-attend readings of winter 2011

Winter is dreadful. Books are the opposite. We offer you the following author events as antidotes to sedentary overeating and bad television.
Writers fight the good fight at local book events
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 31, 2010

Writers celebrate Barry Hannah, the biggest literary badass you’ve never heard of

Gene Kwak first came across the work of Barry Hannah while studying journalism at the University of Nebraska.  
Captain Maximus R.I.P.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 29, 2010

VIDEO + PODCAST: Gail Caldwell reads from Let’s Take the Long Way Home [MP3]

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo playerFriendship is a tough thing to capture. Especially in words. But friendship is even harder to capture in time. It's an...
By Steve Miller  |  September 27, 2010

Fall Books Preview: Getting booked

Two Sedarises, two New Yorker favorites, and a famous neurologist are among the highlights of this fall’s book events.
 Readings, festivals, and other seasonal literary events
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 17, 2010

Interview: Gary Shteyngart

Onionskin jeans are transparent, cost a fortune, and send your fuckability rating off the charts.
Dystopia now
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 10, 2010
PODCAST: Atul Gawande on "The Checklist Manifesto" [MP3]

PODCAST: Atul Gawande on "The Checklist Manifesto" [MP3]

Everyone's familiar with the dreaded palm-to-forehead feeling you get when a minuscule misstep leads to some larger disaster. Locked your keys in the car, forgot...
By Michael C. Walsh  |  February 19, 2010
Steve Yarbrough Reading

Steve Yarbrough Reading

In Emerson professor Steve Yarbrough's fifth novel, Safe from the Neighbors, Luke May transforms from history teacher in fictional Loring, Mississippi, to amateur historian when...
By webteam  |  January 27, 2010

Risa Miller's "My Before And After Life"

Risa Miller's "My Before And After Life"

In Risa Miller's well-received first novel, Welcome to Heavenly Heights, the local author offered a detailed profile of a small settlement of American immigrants in...
By Ian Sands  |  January 20, 2010
Tales of the City

Tales of the City

The Hub is a city that holds dear the homegrown: we take pride in everything local, from our sports teams to our schools, our politicians...
By Stuff Boston  |  November 02, 2009

Loss leader

The stories in Jill McCorkle's new collection are about the battle to stay conscious and be truthful with yourself — to live beyond illusion.
Jill McCorkle's joyful sorrow
By SUSAN CHAMANDY  |  October 02, 2009

Andre Dubus III at Newtonville Books

SUNDAY, JULY 26 A stripper with a toddler and a terrorist with a catalog of repressed desires that would make Freud blanch are the main...
By Liza Weisstuch  |  July 13, 2009
Charles Pierce (Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free)

Charles Pierce (Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free)

Don’t want to be an American idiot? Then swing over to Newtonville Books to listen to the acerbic pearls of wisdom from Boston Globe scribe...
By Shaula Clark  |  June 10, 2009

G. Xavier Robillard

Every comics-steeped writer nerd within grasping distance of a keyboard and the DC back catalogue i...
By Shaula Clark  |  February 03, 2009
Oct 12-18: Newtonville Books Anniversary

Oct 12-18: Newtonville Books Anniversary


The jury is still out on how long a book needs to be published before it can be considered a classic. A century? A few months? Whenever a few Hollywood producers pony up the dough for a blockbuster? Independent book stores, however, are a different story. As soon as we’re a regular customer, it’s a classic in our book. Newtonville Books (296 Walnut Street, Newton, 617.244.6619) is one of the few remaining bulwarks that can hold its own against the megalopolises. They’re marking a decade of drawing in voracious readers and story hounds. From noon to 6 p.m. today, they’re celebrating their anniversary with, what else? Readings, of course. Head over to hear stories from A-listers with local ties, including Tom Perrotta, Alice Hoffman, Anita Diamant, Sue Miller, a

By Staff@Night  |  October 03, 2008

Literary import

One of the first things Ladette Randolph tells me is that she’s a fifth-generation Nebraskan, that her great-great grandparents settled there, that the landscape there, particularly in the western part of the state, where her novel is set, is “like being
Ploughshares lands a new editor
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  September 24, 2008

Book mad

He speaks quickly, with a friendly, nervous laugh, in cadences that sound like a cross between Ira Glass and Martin Scorsese.
Interview: Keith Gessen’s young literary life
By JON GARELICK  |  April 15, 2008

Newtonville Books is sold

In today's "Lizard Watch," the weekly email blast from Newtonville Books, Tim Huggins, owner and founder of the independent bookstore, and literary man-about-town, announced that he'd...
By Nina MacLaughlin  |  February 06, 2007



Cambridge-based novelist ALICE HOFFMAN s one of those deeply psychological writers who we depend on...
By Sharon Steel  |  January 16, 2007
Jay Allison and Mary Oliver, tomorrow night

Jay Allison and Mary Oliver, tomorrow night

SO LONG, AND GOOD LUCK Edward R. Murrow hosted the first This I Believe radio program in the 1950s,...
By Sharon Steel  |  November 28, 2006

Tonight: Lisa Moore at Newtonville

LISA MOORE has already paid her dues in Canada, what with being a bestselling author and a columnis...
By Sharon Steel  |  November 21, 2006
Tomorrow's Choose Your Adventure: Heidi Julavits vs. The Best American Essays 2006

Tomorrow's Choose Your Adventure: Heidi Julavits vs. The Best American Essays 2006

Option I: AMONG THE BELIEVERSIn the vibrant San Francisco literary scene, you haven’t made it unles...
By Sharon Steel  |  November 06, 2006

No Reservations: Death By Pad Thai

A supergroup of writers get thoroughly nostalgic over food in Death By Pad Thai: And Other Unforge...
By Sharon Steel  |  November 01, 2006

The Good Fight: Stephen Elliott at Newtonville Books tomorrow

2 gauge plugs? You can do better than that, Stephen Elliott.   The perfect reading m...
By Sharon Steel  |  October 17, 2006

Choose your own adventure: Nell Freudenberger or Annie Liebovitz

Don't be jealous! Why. Does. She. Have. SOMUCHFUCKINGHAIR?! STRANGER IN A STRANGE LANDWe’re tearin...
By Sharon Steel  |  October 16, 2006

Every Day Is Saturday: Peter Ellenby's Photo Book, Jennifer Egan, Hermione Granger

A few snippets for your Monday afternoon: Via Pitchfork:The list of bands Peter Ellenby has photogr...
By Sharon Steel  |  October 02, 2006

Sorcerer's Stone: Kelly Link at Newtonville Books tomorrow

We’ve never catered to the publishing industry’s mentality that short-story collections are the po...
By Sharon Steel  |  September 27, 2006