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Author readings around Boston Oct. 9-15

All author appearances are virtual and free unless otherwise noted.


Local bestsellers for the week ended Oct. 2

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

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Self-help: Set aside one week to put your sleep issues to bed

“The Sleep Prescription: Seven Days to Unlocking Your Best Rest” is designed to help you diagnose and eliminate the obstacles to some satisfying Zs.

Charles Fuller, Pulitzer recipient for ‘A Soldier’s Play,’ dies at 83

Mr. Fuller was only the second Black playwright to win the Pulitzer for drama.

By age 15, she’d hosted a Netflix series and launched #1000BlackGirl Books. Now she’s a Harvard freshman.

Since age 10, Marley Dias has been pushing “authors, educators, and administrators to reconsider the messages they’re sending to children.”


A brief era of brutality and change in ‘American Midnight’

Between World War I and the glittery onset of the Roaring Twenties is a brutal chapter of American history almost always omitted from high-school textbooks and the standard history offerings at the nation’s universities. It is a story of betrayal of the country’s greatest values and of combat against some of its least powerful citizens.


Linda Ronstadt can’t stand ‘boring writing’

Linda Ronstadt had a fantastically successful career though she often did what everyone told her not to: mix genres. The rock singer embraced a long list of musical styles, from traditional Mexican music to operetta. “Feels Like Home: A Song for the Sonoran Borderland,” her new book with co-author Lawrence Downes, follows a similar genre-defying path. She talked with us about what she's reading.


On the shimmering border between truth and fiction

Elizabeth McCracken’s characters reel you in with a joke, a wink, or a dry remark. They tremble with emotional vulnerability (or make you tremble in recognition). All the while, they retain a core of mystery, which is part of their charm. McCracken’s new novel, “The Hero of This Book,” has this same playful, mythic, and mysterious quality.