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BOOKINGS
Elizabeth Strout (”Oh William!”) is in conversation with Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney at 6 p.m. Monday at Harvard Book Store.

Virtual author readings for Oct. 17-Oct. 23

All author appearances are virtual unless otherwise noted.

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Local bestsellers for the week ending Oct. 10

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

Books
Nick Offerman's latest book is "Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outside."

Nick Offerman will chat with Jeff Tweedy and George Saunders about his new book

The author, humorist, and actor and friends appear in an online event hosted by Brookline Booksmith

BOOK REVIEW

Susan Orlean gathers her beastliest writing in ‘On Animals’

In her new collection of previously published essays, Orlean gathers original, perceptive, and clever pieces showcasing the sometimes strange, sometimes sick, sometimes tender relationships between people and animals.

BIBLIOPHILES
Tiya Miles's  “All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake” is a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize in nonfiction.

Tiya Miles writes history but she reads everything

The author tracks the painful history of a family and of a nation through one handmade cloth bag in “All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, A Black Family Keepsake.” The book is a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize in nonfiction. The author is a professor of history at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

BOOK REVIEW

In ‘One Friday in April: A Story of Suicide and Survival,’ Donald Antrim looks back at his own worst time

What about suicide — the tenth leading cause of death in the United States? Is there “an epidemic” of people killing themselves? This is, indirectly, the central concern of Donald Antrim’s latest book, “One Friday in April: A Story of Suicide and Survival.” This memoir — or “this letter, this report, this book” — opens with Antrim hanging off the fire escape.

BOOK REVIEW

One site to rule us all

Once a decade a book like “The Every” advances the frontier of literary excellence: a book that reflects our culture. Predicts our future. Worm-holes into our subconscious. Delivers artful and complex characters, metaphor, ideas, narrative. Provides percussive movements of levity, gravity, grace, suspense, hilarity. Encourages deep discussion.

NEW ENGLAND LITERARY NEWS
Ani Gjika won the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing and her memoir will be published in 2023.

A new memoir that won a prize for immigrant writing, the return of the Brattleboro Lit Fest, and a volume of poetry exploring hunger of all kinds

News of note from around the region.