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Anti-racism books see massive sales spike amid police brutality protests

Anti-racism books see massive sales spike amid police brutality protests

Sean Liburd spent much of Tuesday night answering emails from customers, most looking for books to help them better understand the mass protests against police brutality in the United States and broader anti-racism movement that some are engaging wit
Review: New novel explores race, identity, belonging

Review: New novel explores race, identity, belonging

“The Vanishing Half,” by Brit Bennett (Riverhead) A new novel explores the construct of race in the diverging lives of light-skinned black twins, one of whom transitions into a life as a white woman.
'Discomfort is part of change': How to be an ally in fighting anti-black racism

'Discomfort is part of change': How to be an ally in fighting anti-black racism

As protests over the deaths of black people during encounters with police have roiled the United States and Canada, many supporters are eager to take a stand, but run the risk of crowding out black voices on the front lines of the movement.
Review: Lin-Manuel Miranda before ‘Hamilton’ in Hulu doc

Review: Lin-Manuel Miranda before ‘Hamilton’ in Hulu doc

There’s a great moment in the documentary “ We Are Freestyle Love Supreme ” when Lin-Manuel Miranda and “Hamilton” director Thomas Kail talk about how people are often disappointed when they see them exiting the theatre .
Tourist towns balance fear, survival in make-or-break summer

Tourist towns balance fear, survival in make-or-break summer

CANNON BEACH, Ore. — As the coronavirus raced across America, this quaint seaside town did what would normally be unthinkable for a tourist destination.
Theater master classes for youth attract Broadway talent

Theater master classes for youth attract Broadway talent

NEW YORK — Imagine being a young songwriter and getting tips from a creative team who really know how to construct a tune. After all, they wrote “Let It Go.
Review: Dion gets distinguished help on rocking blues album

Review: Dion gets distinguished help on rocking blues album

Dion, “Blues with Friends” (Keeping the Blues Alive Records) “Blues with Friends” sets up rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Dion with a distinguished set of guitarists, from Joe Bonamassa to Bruce Springsteen, on an album teeming with talent and great tunes.
VIRUS DIARY: Time and longing during a locked-down babyhood

VIRUS DIARY: Time and longing during a locked-down babyhood

SEATTLE — My 8-month-old baby has now spent 32% of his life under quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic. Time blurs enough during infancy for both babies without long-term memory and parents deprived of sleep.
Tourist towns balance fear, survival in make-or-break summer

Tourist towns balance fear, survival in make-or-break summer

CANNON BEACH, Ore. — As the coronavirus raced across America, this quaint seaside town did what would normally be unthinkable for a tourist destination.
John Prine's wife urges Tennessee to expand absentee voting

John Prine's wife urges Tennessee to expand absentee voting

NASHVILLE — The wife of singer-songwriter John Prine, who died from complications of COVID-19, urged lawmakers Tuesday to expand absentee voting so Tennesseans would not have to put their health at risk to exercise their right to vote.