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‘The Divorcées’ takes readers to a divorce ranch of the 1950s, where friendship is as treacherous as love

Author Rowan Beaird discusses the image of femininity on offer to the book’s characters.


Author readings around Boston through March 30

Beverly Jenkins, Emily Franklin, Tricia Rose, Ramie Targoff, Steve Cavanaugh, and Maggie Thrash are among the authors appearing at local bookstores and venues this week


Local bestsellers for the week ended March 17

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

M. Emmet Walsh, actor who shined in seedy, menacing roles, dies at 88

In a career spanning more than a half-century, the character actor was credited with enlivening both comedies and dramas with his convincing turns as troubled everymen, crooked authority figures, sadists, intense weirdos, and outright maniacs.

Lewis Black has no complaints about getting off the road

The always-agitated comedian is embarking on his "Goodbye Yeller Brick Road, The Final Tour," with dates this weekend and in September at the Wilbur.


Even if sci-fi isn’t your thing, ‘3 Body Problem’ might be

The Netflix series reestablishes the reputations of “Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss as top-notch adaptors. Now they’ve opened up another genre.


A hit and a miss for ‘Masterpiece’

Matthew Gilbert thoroughly enjoyed watching “Nolly,” the three-parter starring Helena Bonham Carter that airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on GBH 2. But he did not thoroughly enjoy “Alice & Jack,” the drama that airs after it.


R.I. House to recognize actress Kali Reis with hero award

Reis, of East Providence, who stars in HBO's “True Detective: Night Country,” will be recognized for her advocacy on behalf of murdered and missing indigenous women and girls.

David Seidler, Oscar-winning writer of ‘The King’s Speech,’ dies at 86

The screenwriter drew on his boyhood struggle overcoming a stutter to write the Oscar-winning screenplay about King George VI’s effort to subdue a stammer while rallying the British people in World War II.

Three years after getting eliminated on ‘The Voice,’ a Westfield singer makes a perfect-score comeback

With a Berklee degree and a lot more experience, Madison Curbelo wowed John Legend & co. this time around. Her next appearance on the show is coming up.

With ‘1972,’ Chadwick Stokes sets a rock opera in the days before Roe

On Friday, Stokes will debut the work-in-progress in a sold-out performance at the Somerville Theatre. It’s a benefit for Calling All Crows, the activist organization he cofounded with his wife, Sybil Gallagher.

Odie Henderson review | ★★

‘Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire’ serves nostalgia, lukewarm

“Stranger Things” is ′80s nostalgia for people who didn’t live through the ′80s. The original “Ghostbusters” series evokes firsthand memories for people who did. See how this doesn’t work? The combination is like discovering your parents like the cool thing you like — except this discovery ruins it for your parents, not you.


Candida Royalle, cofounder of adult film company Femme, tried to bridge the divide between feminist and feminist

A new biography places the adult film actor of the ’70s and ’80s in the center of the war over pornography that pitted social conservatives and feminists against other feminists.


Things to do around Boston this weekend and beyond

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are a few recommendations from Globe writers and critics, covering music, theater, comedy, museums, family events, and more.


Elijah Wald shows us how the world used to sound in ‘Jelly Roll Blues,’ a rollicking history of forbidden early jazz

Unearthing the censored history of American folk and popular music — and the ways we learn about the past

Regina King has ‘no doubt’ Shirley Chisholm would be elected president if she were running today

In 1972, Shirley Chisholm became the first Black woman to seek the presidential nomination from a major party. So why don’t more people know about her? “That was the reason my sister and I decided to tell this story," says Regina King, "because we realized how many people hadn’t even heard her name."