Virtual author readings for July 12-18

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Masha Gessen contends with the Trump era in ‘Surviving Autocracy’

For Gessen, who was born in Russia and came to the United States at 14, the danger of a Trump presidency was familiar and clear.

How to mark women’s suffrage centennial? For these artists, it’s fighting for the future

“How Will They Know We Were Here?” is an art exhibition rooted in activism.


MFA’s French Film Festival goes virtual this year

The museum's biggest movie event of the year features 11 films, all available for streaming.


With FX deal, expect bigger and better things from Pamela Adlon

The 'Better Things' writer-director-producer-star has signed an overall deal with FX Productions, so that she can set up projects for FX in the future.

Colin Jost knows what he has: ‘A Very Punchable Face’

In a new memoir, writer-comedian Colin Jost traces his awkward coming-of-age in Staten Island and his career path from the Harvard Lampoon to “Saturday Night Live” to Weekend Update, which he anchors with Michael Che.

‘Glee’ actress Naya Rivera presumed dead after going missing while boating with son, officials say

The Ventura County Sheriff's Office confirmed late Wednesday that a "possible drowning victim" at Lake Piru was Rivera, 33.


Browsing the library at Peacock, TV’s newest streaming service

These 10 series and movies, including some classics and one underappreciated gem, caught my attention.


What’s happening (digitally) in the arts world

This week's picks from Globe critics.

In the Berkshires, museums are a salve for the socially distanced soul

Art museums are different now, but they're still a source of comfort and a force for good.


Springing some surprises with ‘Palm Springs’

Director Max Barbakow talks about the new Hulu romantic comedy.


Donald Trump and the TV role of a lifetime

TV critic James Poniewozik's "Audience of One" is a must-read for anyone hoping to understand Trump.

What’s open, what’s closed as Massachusetts museums plot their return

Your guide to Massachusetts museums for summer 2020.

Artists are demanding that Trump stop playing their songs, but they can’t always get what they want

The chorus of rock and pop stars complaining about the president using their music at his rallies is getting louder all the time.

Violinists strike a chord at Black Lives Matter protests

String players have been galvanized by the killing of Elijah McClain.


Playing mind games in ‘Utopia Avenue’

The latest David Mitchell novel blends the real, the fictional, and the fantastical