SOUTH END — It was a packed house at Bar Mezzana on Harrison Avenue in the Ink Block the other night to celebrate the release of Sports Illustrated writer Ian Thomsen’s latest book, “The Soul of Basketball: The Epic Showdown Between LeBron, Kobe, Doc, and Dirk That Saved the NBA.” The book, from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is now in stores. Thomsen, who Bill Brett worked with at the Boston Globe several years ago, caught up…

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BOSTON — Publishers Lunch reported recently that Christopher Castellani, artistic director at the Boston-based GrubStreet and a Guggenheim fellow, landed a book deal with Viking. Castellani’s “Leading Men,” a book about “the tempestuous 14-year relationship between Tennessee Williams and his lover Frank Merlo, and their transformative friendship with an aspiring young Swedish actress, whom they first meet in 1953 in Italy at one of Truman Capote’s notorious parties,” was acquired by Paul Slovak at Viking, according to…

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BOSTON — At the Book Expo in New York earlier this year, I got a chance to (briefly) meet former Dallas Police chief David O. Brown, whose “Called to Rise,” is now out from Ballantine Books. The New York Times published a piece today by Elizabeth Hinton about Brown’s book (which he wrote with Michelle Burford) and two other books that look at confronting and reforming racist policing. For me, Brown’s story is an important…

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