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Premium Content Poet Edward Hirsch reads at Arts Cafe Mystic

 April 24, 2014; Updated: 1:56 pm

The superb poet Edward Hirsch, a recipient of a MacArthur Genius grant whose poetry has won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Delmore Schwartz Award, reads Friday in the Mystic Arts Center. It's the latest presentation by...

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Premium Content Poet J.D. McClatchy reads from his new collection

 April 24, 2014; Updated: 1:46 pm

One of the coolest and most profound things anyone ever said to me came courtesy of Yale professor/Stonington-based poet J.D. McClatchy. He'd attended an art auction and became enthralled by a particular drawing. A bidding war ensued and...

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Premium Content Author luncheon with Jenny Milchman and Carla Buckley

 April 24, 2014; Updated: 1:46 pm

Be careful out there! Two dastardly women, Carla Buckley and Jenny Milchman, are on the loose!

Well, technically, as novelists, it's Buckley's and Milchman's characters who wreak mayhem and darkness. The authors are actually very nice.

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Mexico editor: Garcia Marquez left manuscript

 April 23, 2014; Updated: 4:31 pm

Novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez left behind an unpublished manuscript that he chose not to print while he was alive, an editor told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Cristobal Pera, editorial director...

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Rob Lowe wants readers to ‘Love Life’

 April 20, 2014; Updated: 2:32 pm

When you look at actor Rob Lowe - especially on the cover of his new book, "Love Life" - you can't help but think that guy has it all: looks, talent, a great marriage and family, and a successful career. But if you delve into his prose,...

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Books for children - April 20

 April 20, 2014; Updated: 2:36 pm

Children are curious about everything, including things they aren't yet aware of. Books can be a tremendous springboard to ignite the imagination, provide new ideas, and understand the world. Of equal importance is a caring adult who...

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Title of new Hillary Clinton book: ‘Hard Choices’

 April 19, 2014; Updated: 5:30 pm

Hillary Rodham Clinton's upcoming book will be called "Hard Choices," a title that reflects how the potential 2016 presidential candidate may try to define her record as President Barack Obama's secretary of state while she considers...

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Premium Content Book tip: "MIssing You"

 April 17, 2014; Updated: 1:57 pm

Harlan Coben
Of all the accomplished thriller writers out there - and this is a golden era for crime fiction - Coben is probably the best at the device called "the plot twist." Hell,...

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'Captain Underpants' doesn’t sit well with some

 April 15, 2014; Updated: 4:23 pm

The potty humor of "Captain Underpants" children's books and the mature exploration of race and family violence by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison in "The Bluest Eye" would seem to have little in common.

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Premium Content New book examines sinking of tall ship Bounty

 April 13, 2014; Updated: 12:45 am

New book examines sinking of tall ship
When the tall ship Bounty sank in Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 after sailing from New London, there was shock and grief for the two lives lost, but also a...

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New biography explores the genius of John Updike

 April 13, 2014; Updated: 5:25 pm

During his lifetime, John Updike was acclaimed as one of the greatest writers of his generation, the poet laureate of middle-class, small-town, Protestant America.
From the time he was a boy,...

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Books for children - April 13

 April 13, 2014; Updated: 5:27 pm

Where is it written that we all have to be the same? Why do some people so desperately want others to conform? Why can't we simply accept people for who they are?
If you think about it, the world would...

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Premium Content Borough works its charm on new Merrill House writer-in residence

 April 12, 2014; Updated: 4:59 pm

Poet/memoirist Kelle Groom has lived in more than 50 places - including exotic locales like Florida, Hawaii and Lake Tahoe - so she's more than qualified when she describes her latest zip code with rave reviews.

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Premium Content Sandberg back with new ‘Lean In’ for graduates

 April 10, 2014; Updated: 5:18 pm

It's been a year since Sheryl Sandberg came out with "Lean In," her best-selling manifesto for working women. Since then, more than 1.75 million copies have been sold; the book's out in 28 languages, and will be in eight more by the end...

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Premium Content Poet Kelle Groom reads in Stonington

 April 10, 2014; Updated: 1:18 pm

One of the most acclaimed literary memoirs of recent years is "I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl" by renowned poet Kelle Groom. It's a gorgeously written and heart-wrenching book in which the author searches for self-forgiveness...

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Carter writes about prejudice against women

 April 6, 2014; Updated: 3:03 pm

In his new book, "A Call to Action," former President and longtime Baptist church deacon Jimmy Carter says prejudice and discrimination against women and girls is perpetuated in America and around the world by religious authorities who...

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Books for children - April 6

 April 6, 2014; Updated: 3:01 pm

BOOKS TO BORROW

"My One Hundred Adventures" by Polly Horvath, Schwartz & Wade,260 pages
Read aloud: age...

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Premium Content Author Bruce DeSilva talks 'Providence Rag'

 April 3, 2014; Updated: 2:30 pm

Plot-wise, most thriller writers spend their creative energies desperately trying to avoid painting their heroes into corners where they can't get out.

On the other hand, Bruce DeSilva, the Edgar-award winning author of a series about the...

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Premium Content Book tip: "The Interestings"

 April 3, 2014; Updated: 2:23 pm

Meg Wolitzer
Despite this ending up on its fair share of 2013 best-of lists, "The Interestings" isn't nearly as, well, interesting as you'd hope. The novel trails a group of friends -...

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‘Five Came Back’ recalls day Hollywood went to war

 March 30, 2014; Updated: 3:45 pm

Hollywood was never the same after taking up the fight to defeat Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan - just like the rest of the world. Many of the film industry's greatest talents put aside their careers to join the military and turn the...

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Books for children - March 30

 March 30, 2014; Updated: 3:46 pm

BOOKS TO BORROW

"Day of Tears" by Julius Lester, Hyperion, 176 pages
Read aloud: age 9, 10 and older

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Premium Content NOVELIST DE SA COMES TO MYSTIC

 March 27, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

Author Anthony De Sa, whose new book is "Kicking the Sky," will be at Bank Square Books in Mystic from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

De Sa was an adolescent in 1977 Toronto when a Portuguese shoeshine boy was raped and murdered. De Sa's first...

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Premium Content Bank Square Books hosts Jean Hanff Korelitz

 March 27, 2014; Updated: 2:10 pm

It's the epitome of an upwardly successful Manhattan life: therapist Grace Reinhart Sachs is devoted to her son, Henry, and husband, an elite pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital. She's publishing a book based on her...

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Premium Content Author Jane Green brings book tour to region

 March 25, 2014; Updated: 5:47 pm

Jane Green became a best-selling author by being one of the first popular purveyors of "chick lit." It all started with her 1997 novel "Straight Talking" and kept rolling with follow-ups.
Green's work...

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Writer reprises cross-country bicycle trip

 March 23, 2014; Updated: 2:19 pm

A cross-country bicycle trip, like an end to end hike of the Appalachian Trail, is usually a one-and-done experience, a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that doesn't bear repeating.
Not so for Bruce Weber,...

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