Lynn Neary

Lynn Neary appears in the following:

Now Is Not The Time For Realistic Fiction, Says Margaret Atwood

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The celebrated Canadian author has a new book out, The Heart Goes Last, that began as an experimental digital serial. It's a wacky dystopian satire on economic decline and the private prison industry.


How 'The Martian' Became A Science Love Story

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The movie about a stranded astronaut is being hailed for its scientific realism. Andy Weir, who wrote the book the film is based on, is a longtime computer programmer who sees romance in numbers.


Willie Mae Seaton's Legacy: A Restaurant That Defines New Orleans

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Seaton won a James Beard award for her cooking, and her restaurant, Scotch House, became internationally famous. It wasn't about scotch; it was about fried chicken. Seaton died Saturday at 99.


When It Comes To Book Sales, What Counts As Success Might Surprise You

Saturday, September 19, 2015

A survey from the Authors Guild reveals a 30 percent decline in author income since 2009. "You used to be able to make an absolutely living wage as a writer," says Guild President Roxana Robinson.


Shortlist Revealed For 2015 Man Booker Prize

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

One-third of the short-listed nominees are American, which could make some British authors unhappy.


Joyce Carol Oates' Memoir Revisits The Farm And The Family That Shaped Her

Monday, September 14, 2015

Oates grew up on a farm in upstate New York. In The Lost Landscape, she describes how her parents, her grandmother, and her school experiences made her into the writer she is today.


The Girl Who Outlived Her Creator: Salander Returns In 'Spider's Web'

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The fourth book in Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millennium series comes out internationally today — but Larsson died in 2004, so his father and brother hired a new writer to continue the series.


Mom And Toddler Put Sleep-Inducing 'Rabbit' Book To The Test

Friday, August 21, 2015

Psychologist Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin designed his best-selling (and self-published) story The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep to help kids doze off. We visited a local naptime to see if it works.


Muslim Feminists Rewrite Boundaries On The Street And At Home

Friday, August 14, 2015

Mona Eltahawy says as a female in Saudi Arabia you have two options: "To lose your mind or become a feminist." Rafia Zakaria says it's crucial to reclaim the identity of the modern Muslim woman.


Doctorow Wove Fact And Fiction To Imagine America As It Could Be

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

He didn't care for journalism's austerities, but borrowed liberally from history to craft his books. The late, great novelist was a gentleman who spun untruths, in order to better get at what's true.


Theodore Bikel, Who Starred In Broadway's 'Fiddler On The Roof,' Dies

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The actor and singer, who recorded 37 albums, has died at 91. Bikel took over the role of Tevye for more than 2,000 performances of Fiddler on the Roof.


Alan Rickman Returns To Directing With 'A Little Chaos'

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Alan Rickman has had a rich career as an actor. For the first time in nearly two decades, Rickman is behind the camera for the movie A Little Chaos.


Alpha, Beta, Heathcliff — An Alphabet Of Romance Heroes

Saturday, June 27, 2015

As part of the NPR Books Summer of Love series, Lynn Neary digs into the history of the romance hero, the difference between alpha and beta heroes, and why Heathcliff is really kind of a jerk.


Alan Rickman Returns To Directing With 'A Little Chaos'

Friday, June 26, 2015

For the first time in nearly two decades, Alan Rickman is behind the camera as director of the film, A Little Chaos. It's a romance story about the creation of one of the gardens of Versailles.


A Year Later, #WeNeedDiverseBooks Has Left Its Mark On BookCon

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Twitter campaign was born out of the controversy around the lack of diverse voices in the event's panels. This year, one organizer says, the first panel they booked was with that campaign.


As Publishing Industry Courts China, Authors Speak Out Against Censorship

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Chinese writers and publishers are being celebrated this week at BookExpo America — the industry's largest trade event in North America. Free speech advocates are supporting silenced Chinese writers.


Amy Poehler On Vinyl Designed To Catch Eyes Along With Ears

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Harper Collins Audio is releasing a vinyl edition of Amy Poehler's book, Yes Please. The publisher thinks the combination of old media plus the popular Poehler will attract a young audience.


In 'Organic Life,' The Making Of America's First Certified Organic Restaurant

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Nora Pouillon writes about her lifelong devotion to food in a new memoir, My Organic Life. Her restaurant has been a fixture in the Washington, D.C., food scene since 1979.


Authors Criticize Pen America's Decision To Honor 'Charlie Hebdo' Survivors

Monday, April 27, 2015

Some prominent authors are critical of the PEN American Center's decision to honor Charlie Hebdo staffers, saying the magazine denigrated the oppressed French Muslim population.


'Orhan's Inheritance' Is The Weight Of History

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Aline Ohanesian's debut novel attempts to make sense of the events of 100 years ago, when the Ottoman Empire began forcing Armenians out of their homes in Turkey, leaving more than a million dead.