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Eagle columnist Anne Horrigan Geary writes: "As an adult, books are my consolation and my entertainment. They are my teachers in every sense of the word. Discovering a new favorite author is like making a new friend."

After setting out in the still male-dominated world of book marketing in the 1970s, Bascove's expressive, surreal woodcuts and images moved the entire genre beyond its reliance on photos and typography. A new exhibit, “Bascove: The Time We Spend With Words," at the Norman Rockwell Museum offers a sense of how that balance evolved over the course of her long career.

Authors in and around the Berkshires have been busy. Here's a look at a few of the new works, ranging from collections of poetry to memoirs about less-than-friendly pooches, that have been published in the last 10 months. 

Professor Noam Chomsky, of MIT, shown at his home, Oct. 10, 1977, Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo)

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Activist Rev. Al Sharpton gestures while addressing the Harvard University Black Law Student Association at Austin Hall in Cambridge, Mass., A…

Laura van den Berg’s most recent collection of short stories, “I Hold a Wolf by the Ears,” which was published in July, was named a “best summ…