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Petra Mayer

Petra Mayer appears in the following:

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.

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Shakespeare Folio Found In Small-Town French Library

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Copies of Shakespeare's first folio are some of the rarest books in the world — only about 230 copies survive. Surprisingly, another copy has been rediscovered in a public library in northern France.

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After 'Fifty Shades,' Could This Be The Next Big Online Hit?

Monday, November 03, 2014

After is an epic, erotic fan fiction loosely based on the British boy band One Direction. It's being republished by Simon & Schuster, which is hoping the story's online fans will buy it in book form.

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Back Across The Wall: Questions For Garth Nix

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Author Garth Nix returns to the world of the Old Kingdom with Clariel, the story of a young woman of great magical power who, denied the freedom to live as she wants, chooses a dangerous path.

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Finding A Voice — Again — In The Pages Of A Comic Book

Sunday, September 21, 2014

David Rector was a long-time NPR producer — and comic book geek — before being felled by a terrible brain injury. Now, his fiancee is spearheading the creation of a comic book based on Rector's story.

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Lev Grossman: A 'Magician' Grows Up

Saturday, August 09, 2014

NPR's Petra Mayer sees the sights at San Diego Comic-Con with Magicians Trilogy author Lev Grossman — and discusses what happens when wizardly kids have to face an adult world, without mentors.

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In 'Dirty Work,' A Doctor Turns To Fiction To Talk About Abortion

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Gabriel Weston is an ear, nose and throat surgeon. She says writing Dirty Work — about an obstetrician-gynecologist who performs abortions — made her more sensitive to all sides of the debate.

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We Can Be Heroes — With Some Glue And A Little Fabric

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The cosplay community has descended on the annual Comic-Con in San Diego. They're the dedicated folks who create lovingly accurate costume reproductions of their favorite fictional characters.

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Watch Out For That Butterfly: The Lure Of Literary Time Travel

Saturday, July 19, 2014

As part of our summer Book Your Trip series, Petra Mayer delves into the mysteries of time travel: how do authors make it work? What's the appeal? And should you kill Hitler, if you get the chance?

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History In The Groove: Q&A With Author (And 78 Collector) Amanda Petrusich

Saturday, July 12, 2014

There's a vibrant collecting community for old 78rpm records, ancestors of today's iTunes single. Music writer Amanda Petrusich got sucked in while writing her new book, Do Not Sell at Any Price.

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Questions For Earl Swift, Author Of 'Auto Biography'

Saturday, May 10, 2014

It's been a long and winding road for the '57 Chevy station wagon at the heart of Earl Swift's new book Auto Biography. Swift traces the car through 13 owners and a dramatic restoration attempt.

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'Traveling Pants' Author Tries Traveling In Time

Sunday, April 20, 2014

NPR's Petra Mayer profiles YA author Ann Brashares, whose new book The Here and Now follows a young girl and her community who've escaped a terrible future via time travel and landed in our present.

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Winging It: Biking Around Again In Margaritaville

Sunday, December 29, 2013

In laid-back Key West, most people get around by bike. Which meant that NPR's Petra Mayer had to — finally — learn to ride one for her vacation this year. And with the help of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, she did it.

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NPR NSFW? Checking Out The Sexy Books On Mobile

Saturday, December 14, 2013

We've gotten some of the metrics back on NPR's Book Concierge and the results are a little surprising: the most popular combination of tags people searched for was Let's Talk About Sex plus Really Great Writing.

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Questions For Hugh Howey, Author Of 'WOOL'

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Hugh Howey is the author of the dystopian WOOL series, about a future in which the remains of humanity are living underground in giant self-sustaining silos. The first volume of WOOL was a self-publishing sensation; the latest volume, Dust, has just been released.

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Fans Are Like Friends To 'Reigning Queen' Of Women's Fiction

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Debbie Macomber's books don't get a lot of critical attention, but they've sold in the hundreds of millions. Her fans feel like they know and love the woman behind the words, so her publisher threw a party for them.

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Still Not Ginger: In Which We Express Cautious Excitement About Peter Capaldi

Monday, August 05, 2013

On Sunday, the BBC announced that Scottish actor Peter Capaldi would step into the TARDIS as the 12th actor to play the lead role in Doctor Who. Fangirl Petra Mayer says it's an interesting choice that feels like an homage to the classic era of the show.

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What If The X-Men Were Real? Q&A With Marcus Sakey, Author Of 'Brilliance'

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Marcus Sakey's new novel, Brilliance, imagines an America where superhumanly talented savants are hunted by a rogue government agency. Sakey says the titular "brilliants" are "objectively superior to the rest of us. Which is a scary concept to normal people."

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School's Out: 5 Great Summer Reads For Teens

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

NPR Books is replete with readers of grown-up books, but editor Petra Mayer prefers a good YA novel any day. She picks five (well, really six) of her favorite summer YA reads, from first love in 1980s Omaha to far-future Brazil and beyond.

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'Cinnamon And Gunpowder': Haute Cuisine On The High Seas

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Food porn and pirate adventure are two great tastes that taste great together in Eli Brown's Cinnamon and Gunpowder. When a pirate kidnaps a chef to serve her own gustatory pleasures, his creativity is taxed as he prepares feasts — like a Regency-era Iron Chef — using only shipboard supplies.

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