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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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Amid NFL Scandals, A Novel About America's Love Of The Sport

Friday, September 19, 2014

It's the start of the season, and the NFL is already beset by scandal. Writer Mark Chiusano recommends a novel about football's place in American culture, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.

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Book News: National Book Longlists Contain Some Surprises, Many Subtitles

Friday, September 19, 2014

Also: George R.R. Martin enters the political fray; Robert Darnton on censorship.

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Morning Edition

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel Awarded MacArthur Fellowship

Friday, September 19, 2014

She is one of the first cartoonists to be recognized. Besides her graphic novels and memoirs, Bechdel developed a simple three-question test for how women are represented in films.

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Book News: Fiction Longlist Is Out For The National Book Awards

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Also: A Jane Austen Festival sets a new record; Terrance Hayes on winning a MacArthur.

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Jacqueline Woodson On Being A 'Brown Girl' Who Dared To Dream

Thursday, September 18, 2014

In her new memoir for young adults, Woodson uses free verse to tell the story of growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. Her work for young readers often touches on themes of race and identity.

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Book News: A Q&A With Alison Bechdel, Cartoonist And MacArthur Winner

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Also: a biography of Joan Rivers; the nonfiction longlist for the National Book Award is announced.

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Morning Edition

How One Poet's 'Genius Grant' Became A Gift To Future Generations

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Amy Clampitt was named a MacArthur genius in 1992. Today, the home she bought with her award money is used to house rising poets in tuition-free residencies.

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All Things Considered

The Kaypro II: An Early Computer With A Writer's Heart

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Commentator Andrei Codrescu remembers the first word processor he had — the Kaypro II in the 1980s. Its inventor, Andrew Kay, died Aug. 28, at the age of 95.

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All Things Considered

The Kaypro II: An Early Computer With A Writer's Heart

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Commentator Andrei Codrescu remembers the first word processor he had — the Kaypro II in the 1980s. Its inventor, Andrew Kay, died Aug. 28, at the age of 95.

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Book News: Rankine, Glück On National Book Awards Longlist For Poetry

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Also: recently discovered letters by Jack Kerouac; Will Self doesn't like hipsters.

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Morning Edition

Hachette Authors Take Their Case To Amazon's Board Of Directors

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The authors want Amazon's board to intercede in the dispute between the publisher and the online retailer over the price of e-books. Amazon continues to impede sales of Hachette books.

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Book News: Agent Denies That Oscar Pistorius Is Writing A Memoir

Monday, September 15, 2014

Also: writers ask Amazon's board to end battle with Hachette; notable books coming out this week.

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All Things Considered

As Independence Vote Approaches, A Spirited Novel About The Scottish Experience

Friday, September 12, 2014

Next week the people of Scotland vote on whether to become independent from the U.K. Author Marie Mutsuki Mockett recommends a book that illuminates the Scottish psyche, Iain Banks' The Crow Road.

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Book News: Wendy Davis' Book Tour Violates Ethics Code, Opponent Says

Friday, September 12, 2014

Also: E-book singles publisher Byliner is acquired by Vook; an excerpt of James Franco's new novel.

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Book News: Millennials Reading More Than Older Americans, Study Finds

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Also: writing advice from Emma Straub; the legacy of John Updike.

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Book News: Fantasy Novelist Graham Joyce Dies

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Also: Ursula K. Le Guin and Louise Erdrich will receive lifetime achievement awards; Judge Judy is giving away her new book for free.

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Challenging, Shattering 'Girl' Is No Half-Formed Thing

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Eimear McBride's debut uses fractured poetry to tell the story of a young girl trying to drown mental anguish with physical pain. Critic Heller McAlpin calls it devastating and ferociously original.

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All Things Considered

In 'Patrimony' Philip Roth Pays A Tender Homage To His Father

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Patrimony is a nonfiction account — almost a diary — that Roth wrote about the last years of his father's life. Author Ben Dolnick calls it one of Roth's best and most surprising books.

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Book News: Booker Prize Shortlist Includes Two Americans

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Also: Maya Angelou collaborated on a hip-hop album; T.S. Eliot's summer house is for sale.

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