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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
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Interview: Alice Bag of Stay at Home Bomb

Alice Bag (nee Armendariz), who shone bright in the Los Angeles punk scene of the late-1970s, will be in town Saturday to read from her book Violence Girl: East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage and to play a few tunes at 7 pm at Rochambeau Library.
Once a punk rocker, always a punk rocker
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 10, 2012
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Their cheating hearts

When Kristina Newman-Scott took over as director of programs for the Boston Center for the Arts in January, she was surprised at its lack of literary offerings.
Literary Lites
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 23, 2011
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God's country

We live in Massachusetts, with troubles of our own. So why should we care about What's the Matter with Kansas? , the title of Thomas Frank's new book?
Thomas Frank goes to the heartland
By CATHERINE TUMBER  |  July 29, 2011
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Jonathan Hayes knows whereof he whiffs

Forensic scientists, bit players in crime fiction since the era of Sherlock Holmes, became bestseller material in the 1990s with Patricia Cornwell's cut-and-slice procedurals featuring medical examiner Kay Scarpetta.  
Murder most foul
By JUSTINE ELIAS  |  April 22, 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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Hit the Books

The Boston Book Festival happens this Saturday, October 16, from 10 am to 9 pm at various locations in Copley Square.
Thirty-three reasons you can't miss this year's Boston Books Festival
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 15, 2010
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Where Maine reads

Perhaps the most exciting part of my day working at Longfellow Books was The Spider Incident, which involved said arachnid emerging from a potted plant around 10:30 am to terrorize staff members and scurry, unscathed, underneath a shelf.
A decade into Portland's indie-bookstore movement, brick-and-mortar shops are holding their own
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 01, 2010

Lit reading series at Mayo Street Arts


Only slightly less melodious is a show at Mayo Street Arts (10 Mayo St., 615.3609), where a group of writers and artists converge for a...
By webteam  |  September 21, 2010

Josie Sigler reading at the Gates Community Center


The leaves are turning, temperature's dropping 10 degrees a week, and Boston sports teams are suddenly mediocre. Unless you're able to go apple-picking every damn...
By webteam  |  September 21, 2010
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Fall Books Preview: Reading list

Even if you’re not back in the classroom, autumn inspires a desire to learn, to restore the intellectualism that was fried by too many beers and barbecues and sunburns. Fortunately, Portland is full this fall with opportunities to spark your smarts.
Smartening up the seasonal transition
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 17, 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

Darcy Scott and Rae Francoeur read at RiverRun Bookstore


Another relatively quiet affair (it's a Monday, remember) is a double-billed author reading at the (still independent!) RiverRun Bookstore at 20 Congress St. in Portsmouth...
By webteam  |  September 15, 2010
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Providence Student Survival Guide: List of lists

It's back-to-campus time. You've got shopping lists, book lists, syllabi, class rosters, and Facebook. Who would possibly think you could handle more lists? We would, that's who.
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By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 03, 2010

Scratchpad Reading Series with Kate Sullivan-Jones at Mama's Crowbar


The awesome Scratchpad Reading Series (of which I am a proud alum), taking place at the cozy and wonderfully suitable Mama's Crowbar at 189 Congress...
By webteam  |  August 11, 2010

Joe Hill at Casablanca Comics


Get your sharpies, if not your knives, out. Joe Hill will be signing copies of his latest graphic novel, Locke and Key: Crown of Shadows,...
By webteam  |  August 11, 2010


We Are Champion at Brookline Booksmith

We Are Champion at Brookline Booksmith


If MFA candidates and DIY lit mags go together like peanut butter and chocolate, then the Web-based We Are Champion is a Reese's with bacon...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  July 30, 2010
Colson Whitehead at the Harvard Book Store

Colson Whitehead at the Harvard Book Store


Former Village Voice contributor Colson Whitehead returns to his alma mater for a long-awaited reading of his latest novel, Sag Harbor, an autobiographical coming-of-age story...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  July 30, 2010
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A woman's writing conference comes to Brown

Hannelore Hahn understands the liberating power of writing.
Words, Words, Words
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 30, 2010

Joanna Smith Rakoff reading at the RiverRun Bookstore


Journalist, author, and former letter-answerer for JD Salinger Joanna Smith Rakoff will read from her debut novel, A Fortunate Age, following a group of artsy...
By webteam  |  July 07, 2010
Frank Bruni reading at Brookline Booksmith

Frank Bruni reading at Brookline Booksmith


New York Times food critic Frank Bruni dishes on his consuming relationship with good eats in a reading of his new memoir, Born Round: The...
By webteam  |  July 07, 2010


Explaining Ulysses — if possible

James Joyce's stream-of-consciousness epic Ulysses is widely regarded as a benchmark of modern literature, but as anyone who has ever picked it up (or been forced to read it) can tell you, a sincere "What the hell?" is perhaps the most common reaction
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By KEGAN ZEMA  |  June 11, 2010
Tonight: Red readings

Tonight: Red readings


 Tonight: Amy Goldwasser and a few of the Red contributors come to the Harvard Coop at 7 pm. I want to write something for Red,...
By Caitlin E. Curran  |  December 09, 2008

Podcast: Junot Díaz reads a new short story at the Brattle Theater


Four women from Harvard Book Store stood at the back of the Brattle Theater last night, before the crowds arrived, giggling. “I have the biggest...
By Nina MacLaughlin  |  September 04, 2008