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Just published: ‘Deception’ and ‘The PeaceSeeker’

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Deception Dan Lawton of Belmont recently self-published his first book, Deception. The crime-thriller is set in Topeka, Kan., somewhere Lawton has never been. When officer Billy Lewis’s father, the sheriff, is killed by a group of hitmen, Lewis seeks out revenge, money and the heart of a Cuban immigrant. Lawton is a technical writer at Terex in Newton, Mass., and is working on his second book, Operation Salazar. The PeaceSeeker A. T. Eddo released The PeaceSeeker: Inspiring a New Generation, published by Tate Publishing, last week. The world is a chaotic place filled with hate when John Lewis begins his quest to find peace in …

Secrets sizzle in Depression-era summer

Saturday, July 4, 2015

In 2008, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was celebrated by readers around the world. The heartwarming story centered on members of a clandestine book club living on the Nazi-occupied Channel Islands during World War II. But the novel’s back story had its own drama in the United States. Mary Ann Shaffer, …

Sherman Alexie explores new realm with picture book

Saturday, July 4, 2015

National Book Award winner Sherman Alexie – already a poet, novelist and short story writer – moves into a new realm with his first picture book set to be released in May 2016. Illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner Yuyi Morales, Thunder Boy Jr., published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, is about …

Hacking libraries: A changing role from repository to access center

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Libraries are repositories of books, music and documents, but above all of nostalgia: the musty stacks, the unexpected finds, the safety and pleasure of a place that welcomes and shelters unconditionally. John Palfrey shares these memories, but he …

British artist pokes fun at contemporary art

Sunday, June 7, 2015

When the British artist Grayson Perry was selected in 2003 for the Turner Prize, one of Europe’s most prestigious art awards, he showed up at the ceremony wearing a dress. That very public display of his cross-dressing is …

John Corey returns in DeMille’s ‘Radiant Angel’

Sunday, June 7, 2015

In Nelson DeMille’s latest John Corey thriller, Radiant Angel, Corey has left the FBI and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force. He now works for the Diplomatic Surveillance Group in New York City. His quiet job involves following Russian diplomats …

New ‘Fifty Shades’ tops best-seller lists

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Once again, E. L. James is on top. A day after announcing that she had written a Fifty Shades novel from billionaire Christian Grey’s point of view, Grey was No. 1 on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com as …

Grateful Dead history grounded in gigs

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Today, “Truckin’ ” sounds like pure hippie nostalgia: a bluesy, shuffling nod to the romance of the road and to perseverance in the face of drug busts and changing times. But the Grateful Dead’s self-referential 1970 song – …

Melissa Rivers lauds and laughs in ‘The Book of Joan’

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Before launching into a slew of brazen zingers, comedian Joan Rivers often used her signature catchphrase, “Can we talk?” Nine months after Rivers’ sudden death, her daughter, Melissa Rivers, is ready to talk in a new book that …

Controversy stings, strengthens Mann in memoir ‘Hold Still’

Saturday, May 30, 2015

American photographer Sally Mann is best known to mainstream audiences for her third book, Immediate Family, which stirred controversy in the early 1990s for its inclusion of nude images of her three young children roaming her family’s secluded, …

Andy Weir’s book ‘The Martian’ may have saved NASA and the entire space program

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Andy Weir isn’t just living a publishing dream. He may have also saved the space program in the process. I’ll try to defend that bold statement in a moment. But first, let’s look at the marvel that is …

Charles Murray advocates for more civil disobedience in new book

Saturday, May 30, 2015

From the tea party to Occupy Wall Street to #BlackLivesMatter, America has spent much of this young century questioning its premises. And as the battles over federal spending, economic inequality and racial injustice continue, Charles Murray comes forward …

Steps to writing a fantastic commencement address

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Dear Commencement Speakers’ Class of 2015: It seems only yesterday that you were here, tassels waving, ready to receive your diplomas and change the world, and now look at you – about to deliver a commencement address of …