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Petra Mayer

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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 world of sci-fi opens up — and that's prompted a backlash from a group of mostly white male writers who call themselves the "Sad Puppies."

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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