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This Month (And Every Month), Black Sci-Fi Writers Look To The Future

Friday, February 27, 2015

For years, black authors stood out in science fiction and fantasy because there were so few. Now, says Alaya Dawn Johnson, though there are still obstacles, black authors are making themselves heard.

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Remembering Bertrice Small, One Of The Original 'Avon Ladies'

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Small, who died this week at 77, was one of a group of authors who helped transform romance in the 1970s from a relatively tame, demure genre to the bold, bawdy books that sell by the millions today.

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'First Edition' Of The 'Iliad'? Sure, Right Next To That 'FIrst Edition' Bible

Sunday, February 22, 2015

An online used bookstore reports that demand for a "first edition" of Homer's Iliad has soared, thanks to a new thriller starring Jennifer Lopez.

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Through 10 Years Of Mining His Grief, A Novelist Makes 'Nice'

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Matt Sumell wrote Making Nice in part as a response to his mother's death from cancer. "I was using the good luck of bad luck," he says. "You use what hurts."

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In These New Comics, Getting Your Wish Isn't Always Great

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Mainstream superhero comics have a streak of teenage wish-fulfillment: Great power and great responsibility. But a new wave of comics is exploring how complicated it can be when wishes are granted.

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Morning Edition

Kidnappings Inspire Photojournalist Lynsey Addario's Memoir

Thursday, February 19, 2015

American photojournalist Lynsey Addario, who has survived kidnappings in Iraq and Libya, talks to Renee Montagne about her new book, It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War.

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Exclusive First Read: Anna Lyndsey's 'Girl In The Dark'

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Anna Lyndsey — a pseudonym — was an ordinary civil servant when she developed a rare disorder: A severe sensitivity to light. She deftly chronicles her shadowy new normal in Girl in the Dark.

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How Black Lives Have Always Mattered: A Reading List

Sunday, February 15, 2015

For Black History Month, historian Peniel E. Joseph recommends books that take an unsparing look at slavery and American capitalism, with a focus on the often overlooked work of Stokely Carmichael.

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Christian Grey Began His Fictional Career As A Vampire

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey started out as fan fiction for the young adult series, Twilight, and morphed into a racy tale about a kinky billionaire.

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From 'Game Of Thrones' Pitch Letter: No One Is Safe

Saturday, February 07, 2015

A 22-year-old book proposal from George R.R. Martin to his publisher gives host Scott Simon a window into the early plotlines of the Game of Thrones fantasy series.

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'Alphabetical' Tells The Story Behind Every Letter, A To Z

Saturday, February 07, 2015

There are 26 letters in the English alphabet. But how did they get there, and why do they look the way they do? Michael Rosen looks for answers in his new book Alphabetical.

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Harper Lee's Friend Says Author Is Hard Of Hearing, Sound Of Mind

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

News of a second novel has raised concerns that the To Kill a Mockingbird author is being taken advantage of in her old age. But friend Wayne Flynt says Lee, 88, can "understand what's going on."

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All Things Considered

55 Years After 'To Kill A Mockingbird', Harper Lee To Release New Novel

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

The publisher Harper is releasing a new book by Harper in July — Harper Lee that is. It's a follow-up to To Kill A Mockingbird, though it was actually written first.

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Harper Lee Plans To Publish A New Novel Featuring 'Mockingbird' Hero

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

More than 50 years after the release of her classic — and only — novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee plans to publish a second. The newly unearthed book, Go Set a Watchman, will be published in July.

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All Things Considered

'Adventures Of Beekle' Wins Caldecott; Newbery Goes To 'The Crossover'

Monday, February 02, 2015

The American Library Association awarded its top medals to Dan Santat's tale of an imaginary friend on a mission and Kwame Alexander's story of basketball-playing twins.

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Rod McKuen, The Cheeseburger To Poetry's Haute Cuisine

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Poet Rod McKuen was loved by millions but mocked by literary critics. He died this week at age 81.

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8 Picture Books You Don't Have To Be A Kid To Love

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Here at NPR Books, we may be grown-ups, but we still enjoy channeling our inner 7-year-olds. And this week, we have the perfect excuse: Monday's Caldecott Medal announcement for picture book artistry.

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Remembering 'Thorn Birds' Author Colleen McCullough

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Australian writer Colleen McCullough has died at 77; she was best known for her doomed Outback romance saga The Thorn Birds, famously adapted for TV with Richard Chamberlain as a passionate priest.

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Songwriter, Poet Rod McKuen Dies At 81

Friday, January 30, 2015

Rod McKuen is credited with more than 200 albums and more than 30 collections of poetry. He died on Thursday after a lengthy illness.

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All Things Considered

'Little House,' Big Demand: Never Underestimate Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wilder's memoir reveals that she witnessed more violence than you'd ever know from her children's books. The South Dakota State Historical Society can barely keep up with demand for the autobiography.

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