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Petra Mayer

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

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sometimes the hardest part of composing a list is not what you put on it, but what you leave off — and even with 100 slots on our summer romance list, there were going to be a few books that didn't make the cut.

To complicate things, this list wasn't ...

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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.

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

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Nicole Perlman was the first woman to get a screenwriting credit on a Marvel Studios movie, for last year's big hit Guardians of the Galaxy.

Perlman has been tapped to write the upcoming Captain Marvel movie, too, but first she's navigating a slightly less galactic challenge: Writing her first comic ...

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

Sunday, June 28, 2015

This summer, NPR is getting crafty in the kitchen. As part of Weekend Edition's Do Try This At Home series, chefs are sharing their cleverest hacks and tips — taking expensive, exhausting or intimidating recipes and tweaking them to work in any home kitchen.

This week: Making delicious, fall-off-the-bone baby ...

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Summer Of Love: Meet Our Expert Panelists!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

While our intern is diligently tallying up the 18,000 nominations that came in for the Summer of Love reader poll (sorry, Intern Laura!), we thought we'd take the time to introduce you to the expert panel that will help us wrestle this massive list down to 100 finalists.

A ...

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

Thursday, June 11, 2015

We're bringing back our famous summer reader poll this year, and as the days get longer (and the nights get hotter), we think it's the perfect time to celebrate romance.

Whether you love historicals, paranormals, inspirationals, young adult, Amish, romantic suspense, contemporaries (or, like some people around here, you'd be ...

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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.

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

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Updated at 2:30 p.m. ET

The protest over a free speech award to Charlie Hebdo continues to grow.

Earlier this week, six authors withdrew from the PEN American Center's annual gala in response to the organization's decision to give the French satirical magazine its Freedom of Expression Courage Award.

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

Friday, April 03, 2015

Tiny Cooper is your new boyfriend (well, not mine, he doesn't swing that way). Readers met the flamboyant high school football player and would-be musical impresario as a side character in the 2010 novel Will Grayson, Will Grayson and fell in love — about as quickly as Tiny did with ...

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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.

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