Petra Mayer

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Rudolfo Anaya, A Founding Father Of Chicano Literature, Dies At 82

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Anaya's 1972 classic Bless Me, Ultima — about a young Mexican American boy and his curandera mentor in New Mexico in the 1940s — inspired a generation of Chicano writers.


NPR Books Summer Reader Poll To Focus On Books For Kids This Year

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

This year NPR Books Summer Reader Poll is all about books for the youngest readers. People can nominate their favorite books at The results are expected by mid-August.


Macmillan CEO Steps Back From Day-To-Day Operations

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan — one of the Big Five book publishing houses — has stepped back from day-to-day operations, after five employees organized an industry-wide protest against racism.


Summer Reader Poll 2020: Meet Our Esteemed Panelists!

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Every year, we recruit a panel of experts — authors, critics, librarians — to help us curate a fantastic list of 100 favorite reads. And this year we're celebrating books for the littlest readers.


The NPR Summer Reader Poll Returns: Tell Us About Your Favorite Books For Young Kids

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Our famous summer reader poll is back, and this year, we're thinking about all the parents and caregivers stuck inside, reading to restless little ones.


Bestselling Spanish Novelist Carlos Ruiz Zafón Dies At 55

Friday, June 19, 2020

Zafón has been called the most-read Spanish author since Cervantes. He wrote young adult fiction, but his adult debut The Shadow of the Wind was a breakout hit, selling millions of copies worldwide.


National Book Critics Circle Board Members Resign Over Racism Allegations

Monday, June 15, 2020

The National Book Critics Circle, which represents hundreds of critics across the country, has been roiled by a dispute over an anti-racism statement that has led several board members to resign.


'I Want Teens To Recognize Their Own Power': Questions For Liara Tamani

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Tamani's new young adult novel follows two high school basketball stars who fall in love at first sight — but then have to deal with their own issues and secrets to build a lasting relationship.


Pandemic Gardens Satisfy A Hunger For More Than Just Good Tomatoes

Saturday, May 09, 2020

The victory gardens of the 1940s helped people contribute to the war effort from the safety of home. 75 years later, vegetable gardens are having a resurgence, for similiar reasons.


'Give Them The Damn Information': Questions For George M. Johnson

Saturday, May 02, 2020

Journalist and activist George M. Johnson's new memoir All Boys Aren't Blue is an unflinching account of growing up black and queer — from kindergarten bullies to unexpected college brotherhood.


Getting Some Blood On The Page: Questions For Grady Hendrix

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Hendrix's new novel, The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires, stars a group of determined women who band together to take on a suave supernatural threat in their community.


Scientists Are Human, Too: Questions For Cartoonist Tom Gauld

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Literary pun purveyor Tom Gauld turns his pen to the foibles of science (and science fiction) in his new comic collection Department of Mind-Blowing Theories, inspired by his scientist grandfather.


Beloved Children's Author And Illustrator Tomie DePaola Dies At 85

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Tomie DePaola died Monday following a fall. Among his classics is the Caldecott winner Strega Nona, which was a tale of a witch, her assistant and a magic pot.


Keep Your Game Night Rolling (At A Safe Distance) With These 3 Online Services

Friday, March 27, 2020

If your regular game night's been disrupted by social distancing, here are a few ways that you can take tabletop games online — so you can stay safe and still trash talk your friends when you win.


Taking That First Step: Questions For Gene Luen Yang

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Yang's new graphic novel Dragon Hoops chronicles the year he spent following a high school basketball team in their quest for a title; he says he admires the courage it took to step onto the court.


Exclusive 1st Read: 'The City We Became,' By N.K. Jemisin

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

N.K. Jemisin's new novel kicks off a trilogy of stories about a world in which great cities can be born into human avatars, who must battle eldritch horrors to defend themselves and their people.


Life Is Hard, So Why Not Wear Your Dog? Questions For Laura Zigman

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Laura Zigman's compassionate, occasionally cringey and ultimately comforting new novel follows a middle-aged woman as she comes to terms with the ways her life hasn't turned out the way she'd hoped.


'American Dirt' Publisher Cancels Author Tour After Threats

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Flatiron Books, publisher of the controversial new novel, has cancelled the remainder of author Jeanine Cummins' book tour after what it called "specific threats" to both the author and booksellers.


'This Isn't New': Questions For Tochi Onyebuchi, Author Of 'Riot Baby'

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Tochi Onyebuchi's slim, devastating novella follows a young man born amidst the chaos of the 1992 Rodney King riots — and his sister, whose terrifying magical powers can't protect him from racism.


A Very Naughty Boy: Remembering Monty Python's Terry Jones

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Comedian, author and filmmaker Terry Jones has died at the age of 77 after suffering from dementia. As part of Monty Python, he was known for his drag characters and for co-writing the "Spam" sketch.