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Modell Lyric's new executive director to diversify offerings, expand reach

As the new executive director of the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, Jonathan Schwartz says he comes in with twin goals: diversifying the offerings at the 123-year-old performance venue and instituting more educational programs “that reach out to the community.” “The Lyric needs to...

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  • Samantha Silva imagines Charles Dickens at work on 'A Christmas Carol'

    Samantha Silva imagines Charles Dickens at work on 'A Christmas Carol'

    In Samantha Silva’s debut novel, “Mr. Dickens and His Carol,” fame has not been kind to the “Inimitable Boz.” He’s being sued, pursued, assaulted and dismissed. Sales of his “Martin Chuzzlewit” installments aren’t up to snuff. Charles Dickens’ father, brother and first love want to cash in on his...

  • Best books of 2017

    Best books of 2017

  • Notable poetry of 2017

    Notable poetry of 2017

    For the fifth consecutive year, a gathering of some poetry that caught my ear in the preceding twelvemonth — not the “best,” not even necessarily my favorites (the only reason Anthony Madrid’s “Try Never” isn’t here is that he’s a friend). Just some leaves that reminded me that I, too, like it...

  • Books to get you ready for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding

    Books to get you ready for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding

    Harry is off the market, but the royal books are still on the shelf. To help pass the time as you await your invitation to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's spring wedding, here are some books to indulge your deepest Anglophilia. Laura Hartmann-Villalta, who teaches English at Georgetown and founded...

  • Gift Guide: 17 books for the non-reader

    Gift Guide: 17 books for the non-reader

    The new Chris Ware book has sat beside my desk for weeks. It’s been tough to miss. It’s about a foot-and-a-half tall with a canary-yellow spine, and the cover image is signature Ware: Comic book hieroglyphics of domestic ennui, linked by thin schematic lines, flow charts of word balloons and worried...

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