Lynn Neary

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For Her First Trilogy, Jane Smiley Returns To Iowa, 'Where The Roots Are'

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Author Jane Smiley has a fondness for dogs. She has a couple at her home in Carmel Valley, Calif., where she lives with her husband. One of those dogs, Fallon, has a special talent: He likes to sing. And Smiley likes to accompany him on a banjo she bought back ...


Too Graphic? 2014 Banned Books Week Celebrates Challenged Comics

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Captain Underpants has once again topped the list of most-challenged books. Author Dav Pilkey says his tighty-whities-clad hero teaches kids a healthy lesson about questioning authority.


Legendary Vermont Bakers May Stop Selling Beloved Sourdough Bread

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The bread that Jules and Helen Rabin have made in their fieldstone oven for four decades has a cult following in central Vermont. But this may be the last summer they sell it at the farmers market.


To Achieve Diversity In Publishing, A Difficult Dialogue Beats Silence

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The American publishing industry has long been the realm of the privileged few. Lately, though, some writers of color are making their voices heard — and starting some uncomfortable conversations.


In Elite MFA Programs, The Challenge Of Writing While 'Other'

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Budding writers often turn to graduate workshops for lessons on the craft and as a gateway to publishers. But in classes filled with middle-class white people, many writers of color feel typecast.


Over 900 Authors Lend Their Names To A Letter Backing Hachette

Friday, August 08, 2014

Douglas Preston wrote an open letter supporting book publisher Hachette in its dispute with Amazon, which has since spread among his readers and throughout the literary community. Mor...


Travel Disasters Bring Out The Best, The Worst ... And The Cannibalism

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tales about travel don't always end well: Planes crash into jungles and ships run aground. For NPR's "Book Your Trip" series, Lynn Neary considers the rich genre of travel disaster literature.


Writer Nadine Gordimer Captured Apartheid's Contradictions

Monday, July 14, 2014

The South African Nobel laureate was an associate of Nelson Mandela's, and while she was never imprisoned, several of her books were banned by the government. She died Sunday at the age of 90.


In Dispute With Hachette, Amazon Aims New Volley At Authors

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Amazon fired the latest salvo in its ongoing dispute with the publisher Hachette over e-book rates, suggesting authors get all of the revenue from e-book sales. Hachette was measured in its response.


Authors Take Opposite Sides On Hachette, Amazon Spat

Thursday, July 03, 2014

You might think that all writers would be of the same mind about the dispute between Amazon and Hachette Publishing Company over the price of ebooks. Think again. This week two different sets of authors sent open letters to their "readers" urging them to take one side or the ...


Award-Winning Children's Book Author Walter Dean Myers Dies

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Myers captured what it was like to be young and black while growing up in the city. As he often said, he wrote books he would have wanted to read as a kid. Myers died after a brief illness. He was 76.


How Rhythm Carries A Poem, From Head To Heart

Friday, June 20, 2014

Poetry has deep roots in music — in fact, in some cultures, poetry and song are the same word. Edward Hirsch, author of A Poet's Glossary, explains how poets use rhythm to reach their readers.


From 'The Magic Tree House,' Kids Branch Out To Chapter Books

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The series uses simple language and fanciful adventures to introduce kids to literature, history and science. Author Mary Pope Osborne has visited some 1,800 schools, giving away her books to kids.


Court OKs Universities' Quest To Turn To More Digital Copies Of Books

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

An appeals court has ruled against a group of authors, deciding in favor of a consortium of universities in a case that hinged on copyright law and provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Amazon's Pricing Dispute Sets Book Expo Buzzing

Monday, June 02, 2014

The dispute between retail giant Amazon and publisher Hachette was big news at Book Expo America. Writers, publishers and agents are wondering what the rift could mean for the future of books.


Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Angelou refused to speak for much of her childhood and revealed the scars of her past in her groundbreaking memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. She opened doors for black and female writers.


Larry McMurtry Loves The West, But Knocks The Cowboy Off His High Horse

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist says the myth of the cowboy feels "hollow." The Last Kind Words Saloon is a spare and unsentimental story about two Western icons, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.


One NYC Indie Bookstore Survives By Being Small And Specialized

Saturday, May 03, 2014

New York City's Posman Books is bucking a trend. Other booksellers — both independents and big chains like Barnes & Noble — are closing stores in Manhattan, but Posman is getting ready to open its fourth store in the city. It's one sign that some independent bookstores are managing to ...


'Grapes Of Wrath' Is 75, But Its Depictions Of Poverty Are Timeless

Monday, April 14, 2014

John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl story is "about haves and have-nots," says one scholar, "and that story is getting increasingly urgent." The book was first published April 14, 1939.