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September 30, 2014 Comment

Medieval Mystery Novel Out In Paperback

English professor Bruce Holsinger’s medieval mystery novel is out in paperback, and features Geoffrey Chaucer.

September 29, 2014 21 Comments

Methodist Pastor Faces Last Church Trial

Reverend Frank Schaefer, who was defrocked for officiating his son’s same-sex marriage and later reinstated, awaits one more church trial. He writes about the experience in a new memoir.

September 24, 2014 Comment

Gregory Maguire Goes from ‘Wicked’ To Pre-Revolutionary Russia

The author of the “Wicked” books takes inspiration from Russian folklore in his new book, “Egg & Spoon.”

September 23, 2014 6 Comments

The Lawyer Who Would ‘Stop At Nothing To Win’

Paul Barrett’s new book chronicles a decades long environmental case to win compensation for Ecuador’s indigenous tribes, and the lawyer who waged it.

September 22, 2014 45 Comments

Demystifying The Islamic Veil

Sahar Amer, an Islamic studies professor, takes a comparative cultural look at the hotly debated and misunderstood practice of veiling.

September 19, 2014 2 Comments

Paige Rawl Remains ‘Positive’ While Living With HIV

Paige Rawl grew up enduring intense bullying due to her HIV status. Her new memoir recounts the journey.

September 17, 2014 44 Comments

How Has The Obesity Epidemic Disrupted Romance?

The health impacts of the obesity epidemic are well-documented. Less studied are its ramifications for romance.

September 12, 2014 Comment

‘Gaddafi’s Harem’ Chronicles Former Dictator’s Unspoken Atrocity

Hardly a word was said about Gaddafi’s harem when the Libyan dictator was killed by rebels in 2011.

September 11, 2014 Comment

Prestigious Yet Little Known Literary Prize To Be Awarded

The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognize writers for their contributions to understanding racism and appreciating diversity. The awards ceremony is tonight.

September 11, 2014 Comment

Dennis Lehane Takes ‘The Drop’ From Screen To Page

Author Dennis Lehane discusses adapting a screenplay into a novel.

September 3, 2014 7 Comments

Road Trip Explores Americans’ Obsession With Dogs

Benoit Denizet-Lewis traveled across the country to find out why Americans love dogs so much.

September 2, 2014 66 Comments

Why It’s Time To Talk About Menopause

Sandra Tsing Loh is a writer and a comic and one of the few women who actually wants to talk about menopause.

August 28, 2014 Comment

Wally Lamb Finds Real Life Inspiration For Novel ‘We Are Water’

A devastating flood and the mysterious death of an African-American artist in Lamb’s hometown of Norwich, Conn., provided inspiration.

August 26, 2014 113 Comments

A Fan Says No To Football

Steve Almond writes, “our allegiance to football legitimizes and ever fosters within us a tolerance for violence, greed, racism, and even homophobia.”

August 13, 2014 8 Comments

Lois Lowry Says ‘The Giver’ Stays True To Spirit Of Her Book

More than 20 years after the award-winning book was published, the first movie adaptation comes out Friday.

August 13, 2014 4 Comments

Couple Embraces Nomadic Retirement

Four years ago, Lynne and Tim Martin decided to sell everything they own and start a global journey together.

August 5, 2014 Comment

Paul Reiser Tells Stories About Some Of Comedy’s Greats

The actor is tapping into his memories from the hit 1990s TV show “Mad About You,” and the lessons he’s learned from comedy greats.

August 5, 2014 Comment

WWI Poet’s Diaries Now Online

The notebooks of British war poet Siegfried Sassoon are being published for the first time.

August 4, 2014 Comment

Book Gives Fly-On-The-Wall Access To Nixon Presidency

The voice-activated recordings that Nixon had made between February 1971 and January 1973 are transcribed in “The Nixon Tapes.”

July 31, 2014 2 Comments

New Novel Tells The Story Of The First Mass School Shooting

On August 1, 1966, a young man started shooting from the clock tower on the University of Texas campus in Austin.

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September 29 5 Comments

Michigan Coach Faces Criticism For Keeping QB In Play

University of Michigan quarterback Shane Morris was having trouble standing on his own after a major sack. The coach kept him in the game.

September 29 21 Comments

Methodist Pastor Faces Last Church Trial

Reverend Frank Schaefer, who was defrocked for officiating his son's same-sex marriage and later reinstated, awaits one more church trial. He writes about the experience in a new memoir.

September 29 2 Comments

Monarch Butterflies Could Be On Rebound

After precipitous declines in the monarch butterfly population, there are signs the species may be on the rebound.

September 26 4 Comments

Dean Of Boston Sports Journalism Celebrates 42 Years On The Job

Here & Now's Robin Young visits the most-beloved sportscaster you've never heard of: Jonny Miller.