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Travelling Books: Vintage Van Carries Literature Around Lisbon

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A mobile bookstore, loaded with translations of Portuguese classics, drives around selling books to tourists and locals alike. The van, called Tell a Story, plans to start traveling throughout Europe.

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If These Shorts Could Talk ... New Book Tells 'Worn Stories'

Saturday, August 30, 2014

In her new collection Worn Stories, Emily Spivack compiles odes to beloved pieces of clothing, written by celebrities and fashionistas.

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Hopscotching To 100: An Appreciation Of Julio Cortázar

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The great Argentinian writer Julio Cortázar was born 100 years ago this week; while Cortázar is known for the surreal masterpiece Hopscotch, critic Juan Vidal says it's his poetry that resonates.

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Hip-Hop In Print: Brooklyn Publisher Looks To 'Reverse Gentrify' Literature

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Prodigy, one half of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, is the curator of Infamous Books, an imprint of Brooklyn-based independent publisher Akashic Books. His debut novel H.N.I.C. was published in 2013.

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All Things Considered

In An Earthquake, History Fuels One Writer's Anxiety

Friday, August 29, 2014

An earthquake in Napa Valley this week brought back old fears for author Gustavo Arellano. In his anxiety he's revisiting the book A Crack in the Edge of the World.

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Fresh Air

John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, And Lives To Write About It

Friday, August 29, 2014

The 68-year-old film director hitchhiked from Baltimore to San Francisco for his book Carsick. He says hitchhiking is "the worst beauty regimen ever." Originally broadcast June 10.

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Fresh Air

Florida-Grown Fiction: Hiaasen Satirizes The Sunshine State

Friday, August 29, 2014

Novelist and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen writes with passion about the state he loves. His book, Bad Monkey, is an offbeat murder mystery set in Key West. Originally broadcast June 13, 2013.

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Selected Shorts

The History of Everything Including You

Friday, August 29, 2014

Jenny Hollowell tells us the history of the world in ten minutes.

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Book News: Born to Write? Bruce Springsteen To Publish A Children's Book

Friday, August 29, 2014

Also: the case for a more inclusive literary culture; health care and the modern writer.

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Morning Edition

Rep. Ryan Calls For 'Culture Of Inclusion' To Tackle Poverty

Friday, August 29, 2014

Congressman and former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan discusses his new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Swoosie Kurtz: Part Swan, Part Goose

Friday, August 29, 2014

Actress Swoosie Kurtz looks back on her life and career. Her new memoir, Part Swan, Part Goose is a combination of personal misadventure and showbiz lore.

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Studio 360

James McBride and The Good Lord Bird

Friday, August 29, 2014

The jazz musician and author of The Good Lord Bird says he wanted to write a book about slavery and John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry that people would actually enjoy reading.

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Soundcheck

Novelist Philipp Meyer Picks Three; That Was A Hit?!? 'Kung Fu Fighting' Edition; Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks In Studio

Friday, August 29, 2014

Philipp Meyer picks songs that pick sides; Chris Molanphy explains the perfect storm for a truly weird hit; Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks perform selections from Wig Out At Jagbags.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Radiolab Edition

Friday, August 29, 2014

Guest host Jane Curtin, and Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, introduce stories about time, love, and identity.

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All Things Considered

What's A Writer Gotta Do To Get A Little Health Care Around Here?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

When you're making plans to become a famous author, just remember that you're going to want health care — especially when 40 rolls around and your body is no longer made of rubber.

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All Things Considered

Teen Drama? Occult Thriller? Gritty War Epic? 'Bone Clocks' Is All Three

Thursday, August 28, 2014

David Mitchell's new novel might span five perspectives and six decades, but he brings this complex mix together with signature elegance. The combination makes for a thrilling read.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Jules Feiffer Goes Noir

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bronx-born Obie, Oscar, and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and playwright, author and illustrator talks about his new graphic novel and looks back on his career. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Joan Rivers, Mad Diva

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The octogenarian and author believes that plastic surgery is a necessity, aging is an adventure, and jokes almost never go too far. She also never wants you to use “LOL” ever again. 

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Book News: Former Poet Laureate Robert Hass Wins $100,000 Poetry Prize

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Also: Leslie Jamison on a lonely whale; Ben Lerner on writing fiction.

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'Kill My Mother' Is A Darkly Drawn Confection

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Veteran cartoonist Jules Feiffer has just written his first graphic novel, the noirish Kill My Mother. Reviewer Alan Cheuse is discovering graphic novels equally late, but still finds it a good read.

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