Colin Dwyer

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Book News: First-Ever Kirkus Prize Picks 18 Finalists

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kirkus Reviews has been around, in varying forms, for over 80 years — but it's the new kid in town this awards season. Today, the publication announced the finalists for its inaugural Kirkus Prize.


Book News: Listen To The First-Timers Nominated For PEN Prize

Monday, September 29, 2014

A night before the winner's declared, the writers shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize read their works. Listen here first. Also: Thomas Pynchon might soon be coming to the big screen.


Book News: A Prize In Memory Of Peace Picks Its Winners

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize, honoring writers who use literature to further social justice, has recognized Bob Shacochis and Karima Bennoune. Also: Sub Pop has published some grunge-worthy haiku.


Book News: Amtrak Unveils Writers Picked For A Residency On The Rails

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The 24 writers chosen will set out on long-distance train rides — and write along the way. Also: Neil Gaiman tells a tale about Terry Pratchett, who isn't quite the kindly elf you might think he is.


Book News: Author J. California Cooper, Whose Simple Prose Drew Acclaim, Dies

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The playwright-turned-novelist had a conversational style that made even vast themes feel intimate.


Book News: Gabriel Garcia Marquez Books Go Digital

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Nine of the late writer's works are coming out as e-books in English. Also: a survey shows (again) a lack of diversity in publishing, and Ray Bradbury's ode-worthy gardening tool gets an asking price.


Calvino's Cosmicomic Collection Treads The Final Frontier: America

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Italo Calvino's delightful "cosmicomic" stories have long been scattered — split into separate books and translated in pieces. Now, a collection new to the U.S. is finally bringing them together.


It's 2 A.M.: Do You Know Where Your Fifth-Grader Is?

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

If her name is Madeleine Altimari, she might just be smoking menthols on her way to the jazz club. And she's one of a number of characters worth rooting for in Marie-Helen Bertino's debut novel.


Break Out The Hanky: Tom's Got It Out For Your Tearducts

Monday, August 04, 2014

For our Men in America series, we asked men about the movies that make them cry. Reading through 5,000+ responses, we noticed a recurring theme — or should we say, a recurring man: Tom Hanks.


With A Good Twist Or Two, This Haunted 'House' Adds Plenty Of Stories

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Forget for a moment the spooky, restless dead. In Rebecca Makkai's inventive novel The Hundred-Year House, the ghost is just one of the many residents looking for new lives — and finding them.


A Tough Little Droplet Fights To Stick Around

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

It's just a drop of water. It's about to fall. And when it does, a story begins. What happens next may feel oddly familiar. Maybe it's telling you — about you.


Glossy As Film, This Handbook Was Made For The Multiplex

Thursday, April 10, 2014

John Lago is a killer intern — and, as it turns out, an actual killer. In The Intern's Handbook, Shane Kuhn tells his story in a fashion fit for a summer blockbuster, both for better and for worse.


Out Of Footsteps And Questions, Walking Man Makes A Song To Share

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Albert has been to dozens of cities across Europe. Trouble is, he can't remember how he got to any of them. Maud Casey's novel, The Man Who Walked Away, infuses his spotty story with charm and music.


Through The 'Dust,' Glimmers Of Brilliance

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor has been a voice in the literary world since one of her short stories won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2003. Colin Dwyer reviews her debut novel, Dust, and says that while Owuor's talent shines in parts, the book gets bogged down in melodrama.


'The Empty Chair' Meditates On The Space Between Two Stories

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Two strangers tell their stories to a wandering narrator in Bruce Wagner's new The Empty Chair. It's a pair of novellas meditating on grief, love, spirituality and the nature of storytelling. Reviewer Colin Dwyer says Wagner manages to both tease out the threads that bind the stories, and relish the spaces between.


Writers Illustrated: Q&A With Jeff VanderMeer, Author Of 'Wonderbook'

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pop quiz: what do you get when you combine a talking penguin, a man with a bird beak for a face and an interrupting dragon? The answer, surprisingly, is a writing guide: Jeff VanderMeer's Wonderbook. VanderMeer tells NPR intern Colin Dwyer about his collaboration with illustrators and his imaginative, character-driven approach to teaching writing.