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In "Encanto," Mirabel is voiced by Stephanie Beatriz and Bruno by John Leguizamo. The Disney film's soundtrack has landed four songs in Billboard's Hot 100, including “We Don’t Talk About Bruno."

How ‘Encanto’ and its vibrant soundtrack became a phenomenon

The soundtrack lighting up the charts, with the showstopping earworm “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” leading the way.

MATTHEW GILBERT | YOUR TV GPS
The Oscars haven't yet named a host for this year's March 27 show. Steve Martin (left) and Martin Short could handle the task with aplomb, but so could many others.

This week’s TV: ‘Ozark’ is back, ‘How I Met Your Father’ arrives, and who should host the Oscars?

The Oscars haven't named a host yet, but we have some ideas, plus a peek at what's new on TV this week, including the first batch of episodes from the final season of "Ozark."

Ariana DeBose.

SNL is back from winter break and Ariana DeBose used her Broadway talents as host

Everyone needs a bit of Broadway in their lives right now, and Ariana DeBose offered just that on Saturday Night Live.

MUSIC
Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet performed Liszt's Second Piano Concerto with the BSO led by music director Andris Nelsons on Jan.13, 2022.

Glimpsing what a new era at the BSO might bring

Thursday’s concert in Symphony Hall included an American premiere — and food for thought about how the orchestra must expand its artistic vision not only in the Berkshires but right here at home.

Rendering of “The Embrace,” the memorial monument and plaza dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King on Boston Common. The completed project, created by Hank Willis Thomas and MASS Design Group, will be installed early next year.

‘The Embrace,’ Boston’s long-awaited tribute to the Kings, will be unveiled on MLK Day 2023

Supply chain issues and COVID-19 led King Boston to push the memorial's unveiling back. But the Embrace Festival will take place this year.

TELEVISION
A scene from "A Reckoning in Boston."

A film, and a filmmaker, transformed in ‘A Reckoning in Boston’

On Monday at 10 p.m. on GBH 2, the film will have its PBS premiere as part of the “Independent Lens” series.

A history of addiction in ‘The Urge’

“The Urge” is one of those hybrid history/memoirs that illuminates an important subject through personal experience. Carl Erik Fisher digs deep into the history of addiction. He uses sociology, literature, criminology, and, yes, psychology, to explore how societal attitudes have fluctuated through the centuries, from condemning addicts as deadbeats to treating addiction as a disease.

BOOKS
The headquarters of Insys Therapeutics, in Chandler, Ariz., in 2014.

‘The Hard Sell’ is a vivid tale of opioid firm showcased at Boston trial

Author Evan Hughes presents a tightly focused and insightful account of how Insys Therapeutics, a company that went public in the most successful IPO of 2013, ended up a poster child for corporate greed and chicanery.


Lisa Gardner.

Lisa Gardner: She reads for story, not genre

Inspired by her own hiking obsession, best-selling writer Lisa Gardner set her newest, “One Step Too Far,” in the wilds of Wyoming where her anti-heroine Frankie Elkin goes searching for a missing young man. This is the second in Gardner’s newest series about Elkin, a recovering alcoholic obsessed with cracking cold cases. She talked with us about her own reading habits.

After a loss, learning to live

"Tides," Sara Freeman's debut novel, ponders grief and memory.

BOOKS
Bernardine Evaristo

Bernardine Evaristo manifests ‘Manifesto’

The Booker Prize-winning novelist gets personal with a new memoir about creativity, ambition, and love.

NEW ENGLAND LITERARY NEWS
Sketch for Ed Emberley's "Drawing Book of Animals."

A poet’s inviting new collection, drawing lessons, and speaking for the silenced

A roundup of bookish news from around the region.

BOOKINGS
Author Jacquelyn Mitchard.

Author readings around Boston Jan. 16-22

All author appearances are virtual unless otherwise noted.

BOOKS

Local bestsellers for the week ending Jan. 9

Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound.

MATTHEW GILBERT
Mackenzie Davis as Kirsten in "Station Eleven," with the titular graphic novel.

In ‘Station Eleven,’ the arts outlast an apocalypse

I’ve fallen into the show despite being exhausted by the dystopia genre. It’s an appropriate story at this moment, embracing new life more than it grieves what has been lost.

TELEVISION
Steve Carell (pictured in 2018) will play a psychotherapist held prisoner by a serial killer in "The Patient."

Steve Carell provides therapy under duress in ‘The Patient’

Carell will play a psychotherapist being held prisoner by a serial killer, played by Domhnall Gleeson. The twist: The killer wants the therapist, whose wife recently died, to help him curb his homicidal compulsions.