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In Winter, Keeping Warm With Beloved Books

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Critic Juan Vidal says winter is a time for turning inward and warding off the chill with your favorite books, the ones you return to over and over again when the days get shorter and snow closes in.

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Exclusive First Read: Scott McCloud's 'The Sculptor'

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Understanding Comics creator Scott McCloud is sometimes called the "Aristotle of comics" for his analysis of the medium. The Sculptor, a meditation on love, art and death, is his first graphic novel.

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Morning Edition

A 'Guantanamo Diary' From A Prisoner Still On The Inside

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

In the first memoir from a prisoner still being held at Guantanamo, Mohamedou Ould Slahi tells how he went from his native Mauritania to joining al-Qaida in Afghanistan to the U.S. prison in Cuba.

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Resurrections, Do-Overs, And Second Lives: A 2015 Poetry Preview

Saturday, January 17, 2015

After the troubles of 2014, critic Craig Morgan Teicher offers up a full shelf of poetry for a brand new year — offering no solutions, but full of ambivalence and precision, balm and fire.

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The Consolations (And Controversies) Of Philosophy In 'The Just City'

Thursday, January 15, 2015

In Jo Walton's new novel, the goddess Athene assembles a history-spanning group of thinkers and sets them to creating Plato's famed Just City — but then she makes the mistake of inviting Socrates.

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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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All Things Considered

Miranda July Balances Weirdness And Reality In Debut Novel

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The director and artist says one of the challenges of writing The First Bad Man was shaping her main character's odd psyche. Then, she says, she realized, "I can always take it back if it's too much."

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This Weekend, Visit San Francisco's Famed Forbidden City In 'China Dolls'

Sunday, January 11, 2015

In this installment of Weekend Reads, Jean Kwok recommends Lisa See's novel China Dolls, about the unlikely friendship formed by three young women on vaudeville's all-Asian "Chop Suey Circuit."

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All Things Considered

'Blood Of The Tiger': Shedding Light On China's Farmed-Tiger Trade

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The endangered animals are bred for luxury items, like tiger bone wine and tigerskin rugs. By raising the demand for these goods, the farms pose a threat to wild tigers, says author J.A. Mills.

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All Things Considered

Remembering 'Generation Mex' Writer And Proud Outsider Michele Serros

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Serros wrote about being a bicultural Chicana who was influenced by both her working-class, Mexican-American heritage and Southern California pop culture. She died Sunday at the age of 48.

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All Things Considered

For The New Year, Ray Bradbury's Buoyant Vision Of The Future

Friday, January 02, 2015

We saw a lot of dystopias in both films and books this year. Author Jason Sheehan has had enough. He plans to celebrate the new year with some science fiction that's actually hopeful about the future.

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All Things Considered

When It Comes To Furry Muses, Cats Are For Brevity And Dogs Are For Books

Thursday, January 01, 2015

The Internet is the undisputed territory of cats, and dog books are more popular than their feline counterparts. Francesco Marciuliano plays to both animals' strengths in his best-selling collections.

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Morning Edition

Morning Edition Book Club Selects Its First Read

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The first pick, selected by author Ann Patchett, is the gripping story of the rescue of 33 Chilean miners in 2010. The miners' ordeal is laid out by journalist Hector Tobar in Deep Down Dark.

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Vocab Tech For Toddlers Encourages 'Anytime, Anywhere Learning'

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sesame Workshop's games are designed to help kids learn words and have fun. One New York City educator says it's never too soon to teach tykes that technology can be more than just entertainment.

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Talk, Sing, Read, Write, Play: How Libraries Reach Kids Before They Can Read

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

This isn't your typical story time; public libraries are designing new programs to help parents and caregivers interact with toddlers in ways that will encourage future reading.

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Nonprofit Fights Illiteracy By Getting Books To Kids Who Need Them

Monday, December 29, 2014

For kids to be exposed to reading, families have to have books to read to them, which isn't a given — especially in low-income areas. First Book works to get quality literature into those communities.

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The Enduring Life Of Lit Mags: We'll Always Have (The) Paris (Review)

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Magazines of all stripes are struggling to negotiate the digital age — but writer Juan Vidal finds hope for the future of reading in the pages of his favorite new literary magazines.

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Before The Internet, Librarians Would 'Answer Everything' — And Still Do

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The New York Public Library recently came upon a box of questions posed to the library from the 1940s to the '80s — an era when humans consulted other humans for answers to their daily questions.

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All The Writers You Love Probably Love Dorothy Dunnett

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Author Alaya Dawn Johnson describes the late historical novelist as the literary equivalent of the Velvet Underground: "Not many people bought the books, but everyone who did wrote a novel."

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All Things Considered

For Wintry Weather, An Especially Cold And Snowy Tale

Friday, December 26, 2014

This week we celebrated not only Christmas, but also the solstice — the shortest day of the year. In honor of this wintry weather, author Edward Carey recommends his favorite winter fairy tale.

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