Compass Rose

Novelist John Casey returns to the Rhode Island coastline he navigated, with deft attention to human nature and nature's  consolations, in his National Book Award-winning Spartina. His new book builds a family saga from the future of Spartina's characters, with careful sympathy for the fragile but enduring character of the "tiny ecosystem" that every family represents.

July 28: Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin eloped on this day in 1814.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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