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A debut story collection, a gardening book encourages kids, and more

Literary news from around the region.


Elizabeth Shick imagines coming back to a country after decades of exile

In “The Golden Land,” the journey of Etta, a Bostonian with Burmese heritage, was informed by Shick’s own encounters with Burmese expats, or repats, as some called themselves.


Local bestsellers for the week ended March 5

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


Author readings around Boston March 12-18

All author appearances are in person and free unless otherwise noted.

Ian Falconer, artist who created Olivia the pig, dies at 63

His bossy, brassy porcine star of a series of books charmed her way into millions of children's imaginations.


11 Years after ‘Defending Jacob,’ Newton’s William Landay is back with a new Boston-set crime thriller

Growing up in Brookline, Landay loved stories — but didn’t see novel-writing as a viable career path.

Pieces of a house lost to the flooding of the Quabbin Reservoir live on inside this author’s home

Many of Elena Palladino's home's most eye-catching elements had once been part of a house that stood in Enfield, one of four towns flooded nearly a century ago to create the Quabbin Reservoir.


In ‘Liliana’s Invincible Summer,’ Cristina Rivera Garza gives a searing account of grief and the quest to bring her sister’s murderer to justice years after the fact

In her punctilious, fury-driven, incandescent memoir Rivera Garza shifts between timelines, her middle-aged anguish a countervailing weight against the light of Liliana’s brief life.