Petra Mayer appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.