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 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

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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