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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Introducing NPR's cutting-edge, state-of-the-art, book/movie/TV recommendation algorithm: HUMANZ.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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...
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 ...