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Petra Mayer

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One Blast Injured Dozens In Chelsea. I Saw A 2nd Device Shortly Afterward

Sunday, September 18, 2016

NPR Books editor Petra Mayer was in the Manhattan neighborhood on Saturday when she saw what looked like a pressure cooker on the sidewalk. Suddenly she found herself at the heart of the night's news.

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In 'Jerusalem,' Nothing You've Ever Lost Is Truly Gone

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The house Alan Moore was born in was torn down in 1969 — along with most of the rest of his neighborhood. But in his new novel, Jerusalem, the legendary comics creator brings it all back to life.

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'Missy Piggle-Wiggle' Brings Magical Cures To The Modern World

Saturday, September 10, 2016

60 years ago, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle cured your parenting problems with Leadership Pills, well-mannered pigs and Ignorance Tonic. Now, her niece Missy takes up the mantle in a new series of books.

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Better To Reign In Hell: Literature's Unpunished Villains

Monday, August 22, 2016

Snidely Whiplash may have been famous for yelling "Curses, foiled again!" But sometimes the bad guys win — from Milton's Satan to X-men foe Magneto, we're taking a look at the ones who get away.

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Like These TV Shows? Here Are 70+ Things You Might Also Like ...

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Did you just watch the last episode of your favorite TV show? NPR is here to help you find the next thing to watch, read or listen to. Browse our handpicked list of books, movies, podcasts and more.

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There Could Be No Other Way: 'Blue Monday' Is Back

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Chynna Clugston Flores' cult comic about a music-crazy high schooler and her mad mod friends is back after more than a decade. It's a largely autobiographical look at teen life in the early '90s.

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Midnight Release Party Summons Muggles For Eighth Harry Potter Installment

Sunday, July 31, 2016

The latest book in J.K. Rowling's series, really a script for a play, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," went on sale at midnight. We check in with fans who lined up, wands in hand, to get a copy.

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At 75, Wonder Woman Lassos In A New Generation With An Ageless Fight

Sunday, July 24, 2016

As the launch of the upcoming film coincides with the heroine's Comic-Con fandom, Wonder Woman appears to be hooking new fans for the same reasons she was birthed in 1941: justice, peace and feminism.

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Comic-Con Has Become Poké-Con

Friday, July 22, 2016

At this year's San Diego Comic-Con, one of the biggest phenomena isn't just inside the convention center, it's all around: Swarms of people staring at their phones as they play Pokémon Go.

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Like These Books? Here Are 60+ Things You Might Also Like ...

Friday, July 15, 2016

You know that feeling when you put down a great book and all you want is more? We took 27 recent books and paired them with movies, musicals, TV shows, comics and podcasts to keep your buzz going.

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Remembering Lois Duncan, The Queen Of Teen Suspense

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The beloved author died suddenly Wednesday at the age of 82. Just a teen herself when she started writing, Lois Duncan sent chills down a generation of spines with books like Down a Dark Hall.

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Like These Movies? Here Are 100+ Things You Might Also Like ...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Introducing NPR's cutting-edge, state-of-the-art, book/movie/TV recommendation algorithm: HUMANZ.

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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.

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

Monday, January 25, 2016

The free-speech organization PEN American Center says it is giving its 2016 PEN/Allen award to author J.K. Rowling. The prize honors "a critically acclaimed author whose work embodies its mission to oppose repression in any form and to champion the best of humanity."

In particular, the award recognizes Rowling's two ...

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

Monday, January 11, 2016

The most prestigious prizes in American children's books were given out this morning: the John Newbery Medal for literature and the Randolph Caldecott Medal for illustration.

Matt de la Peña becomes the first Hispanic author to win the Newbery, for his book Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian ...

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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.

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Marlon James Wins Man Booker Prize

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Marlon James has won this year's Man Booker literary award for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. James is the first Jamaican-born author to win the prestigious prize, which has only been open to writers outside the British Commonwealth for the past two years.

The prize made headlines ...

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'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.

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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...

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Beverly Jenkins Wraps Bitter History In Sweet Romance

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Historical romance is big business — it's the most popular subgenre of a billion-dollar industry. You can read about pirates, knights, Regency rakes and just about anything else. But for a long time, you couldn't read about black history. Until Beverly Jenkins came along.

Jenkins calls herself a "kitchen table ...

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