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The Larkin Square Author Series on June 25 will feature Margaret Sullivan, media columnist for the Washington Post, and author Lauren Belfer. The free event is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at 745 Seneca St. in Larkin Square. "We are honored that Lauren Belfer and Margaret Sullivan will appear together for a talk in Larkinville," said Leslie Zemsky, Larkin Square'…

CHILDREN'S The Button War: A Tale of the Great War by Avi; Candlewick Press, 229 pages ($16.99). Ages 10 to 14. The author of more than 60 books for young people including 2003 Newbery Medal-winner "Crispin: The Cross of Lead" has published, at age 80, possibly his finest work yet, in the compelling, brilliant "The Button War," which one reviewer called reminiscent of "S…

YOUNG ADULT In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira; Farrar Straus Giroux; 399 pages ($17.99) Ages 14 and up. ... This extraordinary, poignant, beautiful novel, of love and loss, of family secrets, of mothers and daughters, is told from the alternating perspectives of 17-year-old Marilyn and, 18 years later, of her daughter, 17-year-old Angie. Angie and her mother have alw…

CHILDREN'S Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed; Nancy Paulsen Books, 226 pages ($17.99) Ages 8 to 12. ... This beautifully written, moving tale by Pakistani-American author Aisha Saeed puts a human face on the global problem of indentured servitude, the persistence of a lawless, feudal state that allows the very wealthy to keep the poor in bondage and deny them an education. …

YOUNG ADULT The Beloved Wild by Melissa Ostrom; Feiwel and Friends, 309 pages ($17.99) Ages 12 and up. ... This delightful historical adventure, set in 1808 when the “Wild West” was the Genesee Valley of Western New York, marks a promising debut for Melissa Ostrom, who teaches English literature at Genesee Community College and lives in Holley, N.Y. Hard-working, outs…

The apt title of Michelle Dean's book is "Sharp." Is it ever. It's about some of the smartest women of the 20th century and it's my favorite book of 2018 thus far (Atlantic Monthly Press, 362 pages, $26). Thereby hangs a tale. In her preface, Dean writes, "the forward march of American literature is usually chronicled by way of its male novelists, the Hemingways and …

GRAPHIC Novel Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol, color by Alec Longstreet; First Second, ($12.99) Ages 8 and up. ... Gifted author-illustrator Vera Brosgol, who was born in Moscow and moved to the U.S. at the age of five, has created a funny, poignant, uniquely Russian-flavored graphic novel memoir about her childhood experience at a Russian Orthodox summer camp. Her wonderfu…

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By DEIRDRE CARMODY and WILLIAM GRIMES Tom Wolfe, an innovative journalist and novelist whose Technicolor, wildly punctuated prose brought to life the worlds of California surfers, car customizers, astronauts and Manhattan’s moneyed status-seekers in works like “The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby,” “The Right Stuff” and “Bonfire of the Vanities,” died Mond…

CHILDREN'S The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty; Random House, 304 pages ($16.99) Ages 8 to 12. ... This marvelous debut novel by a former mechanical engineer stars 12-year-old Lucy Callahan, a math genius whose idea of fun is reading old engineering textbooks and chatting in online math forums. She owes both her gift at math – and her obsessive compu…

Here are some books of the moment worth paying attention to: "Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke and the Making of a Masterpiece" By Michael Benson (Simon and Schuster, 477 pages, $30). Probably the most innovative and influential film of the past half century was Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," which is celebrating its 50th anniversary as we …

Just when we thought that Bob Dylan winning the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature was as far out on a limb as the prize would ever go, we now find that this year's Nobel Prize for Literature will actually be put to sleep for a year. There won't be a Nobel Prize for Literature in 2018, courtesy of a sudden coma caused by corruption and #MeToo abuse in the Swedish Academy. …

Aug. 10, 2014 was a Sunday night. That was the night Robin Williams locked his closet door and hanged himself. He wasn't discovered until the late morning of the next day. The shock was worldwide and instantaneous. So was the puzzlement and gloom. No one outside his family had any idea how dark it had become for him. At that moment, according to Dave Itzkoff's monume…

CHILDREN’S The Lifters by Dave Eggers; Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 352 pages ($1799) Ages 8 to 12. ... Dave Eggers, author of acclaimed picture books "This Bridge Will Not Be Gray" and "Her Right Foot," makes an impressive middle-grade fiction debut with this terrific story of a town with a secret. Twelve-year-old Granite "Gran" Flowerpetal expects to be …

YOUNG ADULT Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 400 pages ($17.99) Ages 12 and up. ... The mapmaker’s skill and vital importance in the ancient world is central to this thrilling, beautifully written adventure set in a fantastic realm of long ago, when lepers were shunned, travel was by horseback, deadly sea serpents threatened sai…