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Interview: Sapphire speaks her mind

If there's one thing that novelist Sapphire is not, it's wishy-washy.
Still Pushing
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  June 29, 2012
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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
Preview: Books winter 2012

Authors tote their wares to area bookstores

A new story collection from Dan Chaon and new novels from Heidi Julavits and Adam Johnson are just some of the delights in store for Boston lit nerds.
Road shows
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 30, 2011
Book It: The Book Doctors at Porter Square Books

Book It: The Book Doctors at Porter Square Books


For the last several years, the Book Doctors - husband and wife publishing industry vets David Sterry and Arielle Eckstut - have been teaching people...
By Eugenia Williamson  |  November 10, 2011
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Body double take


Think movies don't affect the way we think and act? Then why do we triple-lock our doors after we get home from a horror movie,...
By Scott Kearnan  |  July 25, 2011

This Week in Geek, July 11-17: Sand sculptures, Slurpee’s, and tons of free stuff!


Some of the best things in life are free, and I don't mean the taste of new toothpaste or laughing with friends. Sure, those are...
By Wei-Huan Chen  |  July 11, 2011


This Week in Geek July 5-10: Get Your Con On


Post-holiday-weekend lag got you down? Did last weekend's boozing, barbecuing and fireworking set your expectations so high such that the prospect of a return the...
By Kelly Dickinson  |  July 06, 2011

The Week in Geek, May 23-29: Art, Authors, Alice and the Undead


This Saturday the 28th there was supposed to be a Zombie March around Downtown Boston. But with the Facebook event for the march deleted and...
By Kelly Dickinson  |  May 23, 2011

The Week in Geek April 11-18: Spam castles, Donkey Kong-a-thons, and Gelfling violence


Pants, magic pants.It's that time of year again when I cry every time I wake up, because the snow is gone and yet I still...
By Alec Ernest  |  April 11, 2011
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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
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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


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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
Matt Gallagher at Porter Square Books

Matt Gallagher at Porter Square Books


After attending college on a ROTC scholarship, Matt Gallagher became a second lieutenant in the US Army's 25th Infantry Division. Within two years, he was...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  August 11, 2010
Stephen Markley reads Publish This Book at Porter Square Books

Stephen Markley reads Publish This Book at Porter Square Books


In a meta-non-fiction experiment that hordes of writers are no doubt kicking themselves in the ass for not thinking of first, 26-year-old new author Stephen...
By webteam  |  July 21, 2010
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Good grief

Grief bogs one down, sapping energy and confusing even the simplest thoughts with the static of regrets.
Deborah Noyes’s séance in Captivity
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 11, 2010
Mac Barnett and Eli Horowitz talk "The Clock Without A Face" and buried treasure at Porter Square Books

Mac Barnett and Eli Horowitz talk "The Clock Without A Face" and buried treasure at Porter Square Books


Mac Barnett & Eli Horowitz's The Clock Without A Face (McSweeney's) purports to be for tykes, but it will no doubt have as much appeal...
By webteam  |  May 26, 2010


It Ain't Easy Being Green ... Unless You Have This Swell Earth Day Weekend Round-Up for Reference

It Ain't Easy Being Green ... Unless You Have This Swell Earth Day Weekend Round-Up for Reference


THURSDAY, APRIL 22   Earth Day Reggae Fest @ the Cantab Lounge Because nothing helps save the trees quite like smoking 'em. Rock steady for...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  April 22, 2010
David Grann's "The Devil and Sherlock Holmes"

David Grann's "The Devil and Sherlock Holmes"


The novelist who hinted in print at a grisly murder he committed; the Sherlock Holmes expert whose mysterious death could have been penned by Arthur...
By webteam  |  March 24, 2010
Boston Comics Roundtable's "Inbound #4, A Comic Book History Of Boston"

Boston Comics Roundtable's "Inbound #4, A Comic Book History Of Boston"


Who needs the Freedom Trail? (Especially in this weather.) Covering nearly every momentous occasion in the long history of the Hub of the Universe -...
By Ian Sands  |  January 13, 2010
Anne Cabot Wyman's "Kipling's Cat: A Memoir Of My Father"

Anne Cabot Wyman's "Kipling's Cat: A Memoir Of My Father"


Jeffries Wyman excelled at much in his day. The Boston blueblood was a noted scientist, a diplomat, and a fine artist. His skills as a...
By Ian Sands  |  January 08, 2010
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Mad Men on Mass Ave

We have many long, painful, Mad Men– less months stretching ahead of us, as we wait for the show to return to AMC and shower us with more broken marriages, snappy quips, jaw-dropping revelations, and (hopefully) amputated limbs.
How to make your carpets match the Drapers
By SHAULA CLARK  |  December 11, 2009


John Buntin: L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City

John Buntin: L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City


The year that Oliver Wendell Holmes was describing the Massachusetts State House as "the Hub of the Solar System," Los Angeles was a ranching community...
By Jason OBryan  |  November 17, 2009
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Visible man

As Tracy Kidder’s immersive journalism matures — his latest book recounts his travels through genocidal East Africa — he becomes more visible.
Tracy Kidder gets into the picture
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 28, 2009
Richard Russo (That Old Cape Magic) at Porter Square Books

Richard Russo (That Old Cape Magic) at Porter Square Books


Who needs a vacation on the Cape when you can listen to this guy talk about his vacation on the Cape? (Don’t answer that.) From...
By Shaula Clark  |  August 05, 2009
Elijah Wald: "How the Beatles Destroyed Rock ’n’ Roll"

Elijah Wald: "How the Beatles Destroyed Rock ’n’ Roll"


Former Boston Globe world-music writer and incorrigible pot stirrer Elijah Wald holds court on his latest book, How the Beatles Destroyed Rock ’n’ Roll: An...
By Shaula Clark  |  June 24, 2009
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Heide Hatry


 Given that her “Heads and Tales” involves human-looking figures sculpted out of pig parts (cu...
By Shaula Clark  |  March 10, 2009


A Healthy Breakfast

A Healthy Breakfast




There’s quite possibly no costume more recognizable than the Givenchy dress Audrey Hepburn donned as adorably naïve girl-about-town Holly Golightly in the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The film arguably did as much for the little black dress as Coco Chanel did, and it likewise catapulted Audrey Hepburn to icon status. If you haven’t read the book that set it all in motion, now’s the time. Truman Capote’s 1958 novella turns 50 this year, and a celebratory edition (which includes three of his must-read short stories) is in bookstores now. Pick up the Breakfast at Tiffany’s 50th anniversary edition (Vintage Books, 2008; $12.95) at Porter Square Books (Porter Square Shopping Center, 25 White Street, Cambridge, 617.491.2220).


By Staff@Night  |  November 14, 2008
DIY wine and dine

DIY wine and dine


 

Frank McClelland is one busy guy. He just recently moved his beloved L’Espalier a hop, skip, and a block from its original location to new digs at the Mandarin Oriental; opened another Sel de la Terre at the same hotel; and can now add “author” to his resume. Wine Mondays: Simple Wine Pairings with Seasonal Menus (Harvard Common Press, 2008; $24.95), penned with local food writer Christie Matheson, is McClelland’s first cookbook and arguably one of the first books to approach food and wine pairing in such a simple, straightforward way that even the biggest wine neophyte can understand it. Browse the 130 recipes — divided into four-course meals suited for each season — and try your hand at whipping up some L’Espalier dishes and choosing the perfect wine pairings. Pick up a c
By Staff@Night  |  October 03, 2008

TUESDAY: Crystal Zevon at Porter Square Books

TUESDAY: Crystal Zevon at Porter Square Books


"Enjoy every sandwich." So said Warren Zevon when forced to contemplate his own rapidly approaching ...
By Sharon Steel  |  May 22, 2007