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Book News: Egypt Bans Ridley Scott's 'Exodus' For 'Historical Inaccuracies'

Friday, December 26, 2014

Censors say the film takes liberties with its source material, the Book of Exodus, especially its depiction of the parting of the Red Sea. Also: American Sniper prepares to return to court.

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Morning Edition

Demand For Audio Books Keeps Penguin Random House Recording

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Audiobooks as we know them have been around for about 25 years. But the form really took off when MP3 players like the iPod came out.

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Book News: It's Snowing Poet Laureates

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

North Carolina named Shelby Stephenson its new poet laureate, just days after Ohio established a post for its own state poet. Massachusetts may not be too far behind.

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Book News: For A Deeper Sleep, Forgo The E-Reader Before Bed

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A new study finds that people who read print books at bedtime fall asleep easier — and sleep better — than those who use an e-reader. Also: JRR Tolkien may have survived war due to a timely illness.

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Morning Edition

Time For A Holiday Favorite: 'Santaland Diaries'

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

About this time every year, we present an encore broadcast of the life and times of Crumpet the Elf. Crumpet is the alter ego of writer David Sedaris, who once worked as a department store elf.

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Book News: George R.R. Martin Rails Against Sony's 'Corporate Cowardice'

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Game of Thrones author has blasted the studio for canceling its release of The Interview, offering to screen the film himself at his own movie theater.

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A Literate London Cabbie's Favorite Books For 2014

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Every year, well-read London cabbie Will Grozier joins NPR's Scott Simon to talk books. In 2014, he recommends the writing of a fellow taxi driver, and a new take on World War I.

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Book News: Macmillan Inks Deal With Amazon, But Doesn't Sound Happy About It

Friday, December 19, 2014

The publisher makes peace with Amazon — and takes the opportunity to vent some frustration. Also: Paulo Coelho offers to buy The Interview off Sony.

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3 Business Best-Sellers Show Inequality Is Now The Hot Topic

Friday, December 19, 2014

Many business books try to help you get rich quick. But three of 2014's biggest sellers focused on unfairness and inequality. Economists say expect more: Books on inequality are riding a huge wave.

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Book News: The Future Of The Public Library May Lie In The Coffee Shop

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A long-awaited review of public libraries in the U.K. calls for them to expand digital services and offer a "retail-standard environment" akin to coffee shops.

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All Things Considered

Author Of 'Clifford' Children's Books Dies At 86

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The creator of Clifford The Big, Red Dog died last Friday . Norman Bridwell wrote about 150 Clifford books that were translated into 13 languages and sold nearly 130 million copies.

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Book News: Sci-Fi Writer Signs On As 'Chief Futurist' For Secretive Startup

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Neal Stephenson, author of Snow Crash, said he'll be assuming the role at the augmented reality company Magic Leap, which recently landed $542 million in investments from Google and other tech giants.

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'Clifford The Big Red Dog' Creator Bridwell Dies At 86

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

More than 50 years after he came up with a story about a huge dog, author Norman Bridwell has died. In 2012, Bridwell told NPR he had been shocked when his idea was accepted for publication.

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All Things Considered

Marvel At 75: Still Slinging Webs And Guarding Galaxies

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What became Marvel Comics got its start in 1939 as Timely Publications. It went through many changes — but one constant has been writer Stanley Lieber, better known as Stan Lee.

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Book News: James Patterson Makes Good On $1M Promise To Indies

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

With a final $437,000 push, his plan to donate $1 million of his own money to support independent booksellers is complete. Also: Judy Blume is set to publish her first adult novel in 15 years.

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Book News: Apple Enters A New Round In E-Book Price-Fixing Fight

Monday, December 15, 2014

Apple goes before an appeals court in a battle expected to help clarify the legal line between business agreements and outright collusion. Also: Hilary Mantel denounces her critics' "froth and bile."

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This Weekend, Pick Up The Pieces With 'Gabi'

Sunday, December 14, 2014

In our Weekend Reads series, NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Meg Medina about Isabel Quintero's novel, Gabi, a Girl in Pieces. It's the story of a Mexican-American teenager struggling with her identity.

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Book News: J.K. Rowling's Crime Novels To Step Onto The Small Screen

Friday, December 12, 2014

The BBC has TV adaptations in the works for The Silkworm and The Cuckoo's Calling, both written under Rowling's pen name, Robert Galbraith. Also: BookCon steps up its focus on writers of color.

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Book News: Australian Prime Minister's 'Nasty' Move Sparks Lit-Prize Furor

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Tony Abbott reportedly overruled a panel judging Australia's top fiction award, picking Richard Flanagan to share the prize. And one judge — famed poet Les Murray — isn't happy.

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Morning Edition

Join The Morning Edition Book Club: We're Reading 'Deep Down Dark'

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Welcome to the first meeting of NPR's new book club! We're reading Hector Tobar's account of 33 men who were trapped for 69 days in a Chilean mine. Send us your questions; we may read them on-air.

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