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…

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[UPDATED] SOUTH END/ROXBURY — Bill Brett was stopped along Mass. Avenue near Washington Street the other night at dusk when he took this photograph of the old Alexandra Hotel, a gothic style building that people have watched for years wondering how it will be redeveloped. The Boston Globe’s Dan Adams wrote about a new sale…

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We start the week with a piece that includes a bit of a brag for my son, Tim, and his team at the Revere Hotel, which recently underwent a $28 million renovation. Tim, the hotel’s general manager, and his colleague Fergal Gildea, the hotel’s food and beverage director, are featured in a piece on Dirty…

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Make no mistake, photographers (even those who have given up the daily newspaper grind) see things differently than most of us. So when Bill received a call from his former colleague Jim Wilson saying that Bill should come to Lynn to check out “Beyond Walls,” a 10-day mural festival transforming 15 of the city of…

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Dear Friends: I just received word that Dick Dray, a familiar face on the local scene for decades, died this week. Dray, whose wife, Peggy, still works with the Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel, worked with Dusty Rhodes at her company, Conventures. The funeral and burial were private. A memorial service will be held later this…

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Dear Friends: With the re-launch of my website, we are bringing back a blog that you can find here. It will be edited by my longtime collaborator Carol Beggy. The Boston: Game Changers blog, which also is the name of my sixth book that we’re working on, will be updated regularly and feature a range…

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