Petra Mayer

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Forgotten Beatrix Potter Tale Of 'Kitty-In-Boots' To Be Published

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Peter Rabbit — older and stouter — returns this fall in a newly published Beatrix Potter story, The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots. It was probably written just before World War I and then abandoned.


PEN American Center Awards Free-Speech Prize To J.K. Rowling

Monday, January 25, 2016

The PEN/Allen award is given annually to big-name authors who embody the organization's mission "to oppose repression in any form." Rowling is a frequent target — and vocal opponent — of censorship.


'Last Stop On Market Street' Wins Newbery Medal, 'Finding Winnie' Takes Caldecott

Monday, January 11, 2016

Matt de la Peña becomes the first Hispanic author to win the Newbery award for children's literature, while the Caldecott picture-book prize went to a book about the real-life Winnie the Pooh.


With 'Sophia,' A Forgotten Suffragette Is Back In The Headlines

Thursday, December 31, 2015

We get hundreds of books in the mail every week, and some always fall through the cracks. NPR's Petra Mayer singles out a biography of a Sikh princess turned suffragette for a second look.


Marlon James Wins Man Booker Prize

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

James is the first Jamaican author to win the prestigious literary award, for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. It's based on a real 1976 assassination attempt on reggae star Bob Marley.


'Sad Puppies' Fail To Stuff Ballot Box At Hugo Awards

Monday, August 24, 2015

The "sad puppies" — a group of disgruntled, mostly white male science fiction authors — struck out at the Hugo Awards over the weekend after trying to stuff the ballot box.


As More Women, Minorities Win Hugos, 'Sad Puppies' Blast Sci-Fi Awards

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The prestigious Hugo Awards, which honor science fiction and fantasy writing, will be held Saturday. Lately, they have been given to more and more women and writers of color as the wo...


Beverly Jenkins Wraps Bitter History In Sweet Romance

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Beverly Jenkins writes historical romances — about free black towns, lawmen and cowboys and Civil War vets. She says her mission is to illuminate the parts of black history you don't learn in school.


Heartbreakers: Why Some Books Didn't Make The Final Romance List

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Not every submission to our big romance poll made it onto the list. Some books, while classics, have not aged well, some books were too new to judge, and some were lacking the crucial happy ending.


Want To Get Inside Your Favorite Show? Go To Comic-Con

Saturday, July 25, 2015

San Diego Comic-Con is the sweet spot for immersive marketing, a form of advertising involving elaborate experiences that let fans feel like they're inside their favorite games, movies and shows.


She Was Groot: After A Galactic Hit, Marvel Screenwriter Tackles Comics

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Nicole Perlman was the first woman to get a writing credit on a Marvel Studios movie, last year's Guardians of the Galaxy. Now, she's taking on a more earthly challenge: Writing her first comic book.


Do Try This At Home: Hacking Ribs — In The Pressure Cooker

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Tender, smoky, fall-off-the-bone ribs can take three or four hours to make the traditional way. But Baltimore chef Shirlé Koslowski uses a pressure cooker to get all that flavor in only an hour.


Summer Of Love: Meet Our Expert Panelists!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

While our intern plugs away at tallying the 18,000 nominations that came in for the summer reader romance poll, we thought we'd introduce you to the expert panelists who'll help shape the final list.


Tell Us About Your Favorite Romances — It's The NPR Books Summer Of Love!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

This year our famous summer reader poll is all about romance. Whether you like contemporary, historical, suspense or inspirational, we want to hear about your favorite Happily Ever Afters!


Ruth Rendell Dies, Pioneered The Psychological Thriller

Monday, May 04, 2015

The British mystery writer was known for her Inspector Wexford series and in her later years became active in Labour Party politics. NPR's Petra Mayer has this remembrance.


Dozens Of Writers Join Protest Of Free Speech Award For 'Charlie Hebdo'

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Nearly 150 writers have now signed an open letter that condemns the attacks on the French satirical magazine, but questions whether it deserves a free speech prize for its willingness to offend.


Questions For David Levithan, Author Of 'Hold Me Closer'

Friday, April 03, 2015

Tiny Cooper, the breakout star of the 2010 novel Will Grayson, Will Grayson, steps center stage in its companion novel — a fully realized version of an epic musical Tiny's written about his own life.


Author Terry Pratchett Was No Stranger To Death

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The prolific author, who died Thursday at 66, was known for his novels about the fantasy planet Discworld, populated by humans, witches, trolls and dwarves — and a very human, sympathetic Death.


Author Robert Stone, Known For 'Dog Soldiers,' Dies At 77

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

National Book Award-winning author Robert Stone was on the fringes of the utopian counterculture of the 1960s — but he preferred to write about what happened when that dream went sour.


NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2014's Great Reads

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

NPR staff and critics selected some 250 standout titles. Now it's up to you: Choose your own adventure! Use our tags to filter books and find the perfect read for yourself or someone else.