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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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All Things Considered

Centenarian Poet Was A Fearless Guide To 'The Country Of Old Age'

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Poet and author Margaret Howe Freydburg died last week at 107; she wrote and published well past her 100th birthday. Her friend Nancy Slonim Aronie has an appreciation of a remarkable woman.

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From 'Dragon Tattoo' To The 'Spider's Web': Stieg Larsson's Heroine Returns

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The late novelist's Millennium series is getting an addition, The Girl in the Spider's Web. The book, written by David Lagercrantz, just got its title and a U.S. release date: Sept. 1.

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'Wolf Hall' On Stage And TV Means More Makeovers For Henry VIII's 'Pit Bull'

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Hilary Mantel's popular novels breathed new life into Thomas Cromwell's legacy. Now, between a play and a miniseries, there seems to be no limit to the blacksmith's son's potential for reinvention.

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Pour A Bucket Of Blood On These New Adaptations Of 'Carrie'

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Stephen King has said his novel Carrie is about women's power and men's fear — an idea reporter Beth Accomando says has gotten lost in newer adaptations of the horror classic for stage and screen.

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App That Aims To Make Books 'Squeaky Clean' Draws Ire From Edited Writers

Friday, March 27, 2015

Clean Reader — an app designed to find, block and replace profanity in books — has drawn considerable criticism from authors. This week, makers of the app announced they would no longer sell e-books.

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'Hausfrau' Strips Down Its Modern-Day Madame Bovary

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Debut novelist Jill Alexander Essbaum's heroine is a deeply unhappy married woman who seeks solace in sexual encounters. Essbaum says it's through those encounters that "we see where she's busted."

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400 Years Later, Spain May Have Found 'Don Quixote' Author's Grave

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Archaeologists in Madrid may have discovered the long-lost remains of Miguel de Cervantes. NPR's Scott Simon asks whether or not the bones are his, and if they'll attract tourists to the site.

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The Beloved, Bickering Bridgertons Turn 15 This Year

Saturday, March 21, 2015

As part of our Time Machine series coverage, NPR romance guru Bobbi Dumas introduces readers to the rosy-hued Regency of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton family books, some of the most popular romances ever.

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There's No Wrong Place To Start Reading Pratchett

Monday, March 16, 2015

Terry Pratchett wrote so many books that it can be hard to know where to begin, especially with the lengthy Discworld series. Critic Tasha Robinson says there's really no wrong place to dive in.

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All Things Considered

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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Terry Pratchett, Prolific Fantasy Author, Dies At 66

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Discworld series author had for years struggled with a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Pratchett amassed a devoted following over four decades of writing — and dozens of novels.

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All Things Considered

Straight To Audiobook: Authors Write Original Works Meant To Be Heard

Monday, March 09, 2015

Writer Philip Pullman says it's all part of the oral tradition: "Long before writing, people were telling each other stories," he says. Audiobook technology has come a long way since the early days.

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Reading On The Roof? Now That's Punk Rock

Sunday, March 08, 2015

In The Savage Detectives, Roberto Bolaño invented the "visceral realists," a group of wild writers who read anywhere and everywhere — causing critic Juan Vidal to ponder the weird places we read.

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It's World Book Day: Time For Reading Lists And Dress-Up

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Put down that screen: Today's the day to celebrate holding a bound book in your hands. For World Book Day, we bring you a roundup of stories and reading lists.

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Exclusive First Read: Erik Larson's 'Dead Wake'

Thursday, March 05, 2015

The Devil in the White City author Erik Larson turns his attention to the sinking of the liner Lusitania almost 100 years ago — a turning point that helped bring the United States into World War I.

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Black Bodies In White Words, Or: Why We Need Claudia Rankine

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Writer and photographer Syreeta McFadden says that when she's challenged to prove the existence of everyday racism, she directs friends, allies and enemies to Claudia Rankine's powerful Citizen.

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A Vivid Portrait Of Tudor Turmoil In 'Lamentation'

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

The sixth volume of C.J. Sansom's Shardlake mysteries is set during the last days of England's King Henry VIII, as a potentially explosive religious manuscript written by his queen has gone missing.

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This Weekend, Experience The Enduring Power Of 'The Millstone'

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Margaret Drabble's The Millstone, set in the 1960s, tells the story of a young, unmarried woman who finds herself pregnant. Author Tessa Hadley says this 50-year-old novel is a weekend must-read.

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Uncovering Hidden Black History, On Screen And On The Page

Saturday, February 28, 2015

On TV and in the movies, it can sometimes seem like black people only existed during slavery or the civil rights era. K. Tempest Bradford recommends some books that bring hidden history to light.

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