EDITORIAL
Bookstores could help bring new life to Downtown Crossing 
Macy’s is opening a small bookstore section in its Downtown Crossing location, sending an encouraging message about the long-troubled retail district.
(David L. Ryan / Globe Staff)

EDITORIAL

Bookstores could help bring new life to Downtown Crossing

Macy’s is opening a small bookstore section in its Downtown Crossing location, sending an encouraging message about the long-troubled retail district.

(David L. Ryan / Globe Staff)

Bird watching for kids 
- Bill Thompson III is editor of the bimonthly Bird Watcher’s Digest and author of “The Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of North America.”
(JULIE ZICKEFOOSE)

Bird watching for kids

- Bill Thompson III is editor of the bimonthly Bird Watcher’s Digest and author of “The Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of North America.”

(JULIE ZICKEFOOSE)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt files for bankruptcy 
- The Boston-based publisher of authors from Mark Twain to J.R.R. Tolkien is seeking bankruptcy protection to eliminate more than $3 billion in debt.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt files for bankruptcy

- The Boston-based publisher of authors from Mark Twain to J.R.R. Tolkien is seeking bankruptcy protection to eliminate more than $3 billion in debt.

BOOK REVIEW
'Insanely Simple' by Ken Segall 
- The book traces Steve Jobs’s successful philosophy and Apple’s resultant success.

BOOK REVIEW

'Insanely Simple' by Ken Segall

- The book traces Steve Jobs’s successful philosophy and Apple’s resultant success.

Group prepares dishes from books they discuss 
- The book group shares a meal that evolves into a culinary celebration of whatever book is on the group’s agenda, with dishes that reflect the culture and characters.

Group prepares dishes from books they discuss

- The book group shares a meal that evolves into a culinary celebration of whatever book is on the group’s agenda, with dishes that reflect the culture and characters.

Ray Allen shares his love of books 
- The Celtics guard uses the pleasures of a good book to ease the boredom of long road trips or soothe a particularly bad loss.

Ray Allen shares his love of books

- The Celtics guard uses the pleasures of a good book to ease the boredom of long road trips or soothe a particularly bad loss.

BOOK REVIEW
'Seeing the Light' by Rob Jovanovic 
- The book chronicles the history of iconic 1960s band Velvet Underground.
(JIM DYSON/GETTY IMAGES/FILE 2007)

BOOK REVIEW

'Seeing the Light' by Rob Jovanovic

- The book chronicles the history of iconic 1960s band Velvet Underground.

(JIM DYSON/GETTY IMAGES/FILE 2007)

Harry Crews, 76; author who drew on his own wild lifestyle 
- Harry Crews, an author best known for his gritty tales of the rural South, died Wednesday in Gainesville, Fla.

Harry Crews, 76; author who drew on his own wild lifestyle

- Harry Crews, an author best known for his gritty tales of the rural South, died Wednesday in Gainesville, Fla.

'Fifty Shades of Grey' fever grows in Boston 
- The steamy book - dubbed by some as "mommy porn" - started life as an underground phenomenon, but as women worldwide gushed about it, the craze grew.
(ILLUSTRATION BY DANIEL FISHEL FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)

'Fifty Shades of Grey' fever grows in Boston

- The steamy book - dubbed by some as "mommy porn" - started life as an underground phenomenon, but as women worldwide gushed about it, the craze grew.

(ILLUSTRATION BY DANIEL FISHEL FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)

Lowell celebrates Dickens’s visit in 1842 
- Charles Dickens will be feted with a museum exhibit, a mural, speakers and performances, a citywide readalong, and a series of steampunk festivities.

Lowell celebrates Dickens’s visit in 1842 

- Charles Dickens will be feted with a museum exhibit, a mural, speakers and performances, a citywide readalong, and a series of steampunk festivities.