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Book News: Fiction Longlist Is Out For The National Book Awards

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Also: A Jane Austen Festival sets a new record; Terrance Hayes on winning a MacArthur.

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Calvino's Cosmicomic Collection Treads The Final Frontier: America

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Italo Calvino's delightful "cosmicomic" stories have long been scattered — split into separate books and translated in pieces. Now, a collection new to the U.S. is finally bringing them together.

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Morning Edition

Jacqueline Woodson On Being A 'Brown Girl' Who Dared To Dream

Thursday, September 18, 2014

In her new memoir for young adults, Woodson uses free verse to tell the story of growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. Her work for young readers often touches on themes of race and identity.

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The New Yorker: Poetry

Rae Armantrout reads Susan Wheeler’s “The Split”

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Rae Armantrout reads Susan Wheeler’s “The Split”

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All Things Considered

Martin Amis' 'Zone Of Interest' Is An Electrically Powerful Holocaust Novel

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Martin Amis' latest novel, which takes place in Auschwitz, has already stirred up controversy in Europe according to the New York Times. But reviewer Alan Cheuse calls it the triumph of Amis' career.

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All Things Considered

MacArthur Fellow Terrance Hayes: Poems Are Music, Language Our Instrument

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hayes, a professor of writing at the University of Pittsburgh, was recognized for "reflecting on race, gender, and family in works that seamlessly encompass both the historical and the personal."

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The Takeaway

The Digital Reading Shift is Impacting Your Brain

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Our brains process digital reading very differently. Manoush Zomorodi of WNYC's New Tech City explains how the shift from paper to digital has caused a gigantic change in how we read.

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Fresh Air

As A Lyricist And Novelist, The Mountain Goats' Lead Man Writes About Pain

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

John Darnielle's novel, Wolf in White Van, is about a man who survives a trauma. The songwriter tells Fresh Air about his difficult childhood and finding shelter in music and the Incredible Hulk.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Lucinda Franks on Life, Love and her Marriage to Robert Morgenthau

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

She was 26 when she interviewed the53-year-old  Manhattan District Attorney in 1973. She admired his high forehead and he couldn't stop thinking about her hippie poncho.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Chinese Americans and the American Dream

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Author, educator and entrepreneur Eric Liu explores language and identity and looks at what it means to be Chinese American today.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Brutality and Beauty in James Ellroy's New Noir Novel Perfidia

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The master of the crime thriller discusses his novel Perfidia, set in Los Angeles during World War II.

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The Takeaway

The Takeaway Book Club: 'The Lobster Kings'

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The fourth book in The Takeaway book club is "The Lobster Kings," a novel inspired by "King Lear." The book follows the story of the Kings family, and the curse that hangs over them.

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Book News: A Q&A With Alison Bechdel, Cartoonist And MacArthur Winner

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Also: a biography of Joan Rivers; the nonfiction longlist for the National Book Award is announced.

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'Broken Monsters' Hits Horror Out Of The Park

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

We're hard to shock these days, but reviewer Michael Schaub says Lauren Beukes' new novel, Broken Monsters, is flawlessly tense and scary in its tale of a terrible murder in Detroit.

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Morning Edition

How One Poet's 'Genius Grant' Became A Gift To Future Generations

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Amy Clampitt was named a MacArthur genius in 1992. Today, the home she bought with her award money is used to house rising poets in tuition-free residencies.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: America's Game of Risk, Paper Vs. Plasma, and A New 'King Lear'

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Takeaway explores the balancing act between security and privacy, the stagnant poverty rate, the new fight against Ebola, a modern Shakespeare tale, and more.                   

The Leonard Lopate Show

The Failures of Elite Colleges, the Successes of Chinese Americans

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How elite colleges are falling short. Lucinda Franks talks about Robert Morgenthau. James Ellroy's novel Perfidia. Eric Liu on the Chinese American identity.

Soundcheck

The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle's New Novel; A Music Guide To Victor Jara; Camera Obscura Plays Live

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle talks about his latest novel. A short guide to the music and life of Victor Jara. Camera Obscura performs live in the Soundcheck studio.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Be Smarter With Your Smartphone

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Author and technology reporter, Elizabeth Woyke, looks at the rise of smartphones and their socioeconomic impact.

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New Tech City

What Reading on Screens Does to Our Brains

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How should you read? Paper or screen? Your brain wants to choose one. Switching back and forth may not be effective. That is, unless you can develop your 'bi-literate' brain. 

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