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Author Jacquelyn Mitchard.

Author readings around Boston Jan. 16-22

All author appearances are virtual unless otherwise noted.


Local bestsellers for the week ending Jan. 9

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

A violent mob loyal to Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021.

Q&A with Barbara F. Walter, author of ‘How Civil Wars Start,’ on the prospect of open civil conflict breaking out in the US

In her new book, “How Civil Wars Start and How to Stop Them,” Walter examines the rise of violent extremism on a global scale and warns of the increasing likelihood of a second civil war breaking out in the United States.


Kathryn Schulz’s memoir ‘Lost & Found’ traces life’s gifts and sorrows

Though falling in love and losing a loved one seem diametrically opposed, the arc of our humanity reveals ways in which we can find solace and gravity in both occurrences. Pulitzer prize winner and New Yorker magazine staff writer Kathryn Schulz’s new book, “Lost & Found,” is a memoir framed simply around two remarkable life events: the death of her father and meeting the love of her life 18 months earlier.

Poet Martín Espada won a National Book Award in 2021 for his collection, “Floaters.”

Martín Espada: stacks of books, from poetry to photography

Poet Martín Espada has won many awards over his long career but not a National Book Award until this fall. Espada took home the prize for his 2021 collection, “Floaters,” which takes its title from the heartless term some Border Agents call migrants who have drowned while trying to cross into the United States. He talked with us about his reading habits.

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Hanya Yanagihara’s new novel ‘To Paradise’ ponders freedom and loneliness

Yanagihara’s critically-acclaimed “A Little Life” was an intimate, close-up portrait of four men and their love, shame, and existential loneliness. Her new book, “To Paradise,” is a sprawling, yet similarly intimate epic that is also focused on love, shame, and existential loneliness.

Mohammed Al-Kinani's story is included in a new book of Maine immigrant experiences. (Lilit Danielyan)

A poet’s funny, poignant memories and a new book of Maine immigrant experiences

News of a bookish bent from around the region.

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Jami Attenberg finding her way, finding her voice

Attenberg has published seven novels and her writing — both fiction and non — shimmers with keen pragmatic observations as well as deeply perceptible humane empathy. This distinctive, personal voice happily marks her memoir, “I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home."