Petra Mayer

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Michael Nesmith — considerably more than a Monkee — dies at 78

Friday, December 10, 2021

Nesmith rose to fame as one of the Pre-Fab Four — but he had a long and influential career after the Monkees. He helped invent the format that became MTV, and produced the cult film Repo Man.


Here are the Books We Love: 360+ great 2021 reads recommended by NPR

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Books We Love (formerly known as NPR's Book Concierge) is back with a new name and 360+ new books handpicked just for you by NPR staff and trusted critics.


Remembering Petra Mayer

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

We take a moment to remember NPR Books Editor Petra Mayer, who passed this past Saturday November 13th, through airing our recent conversation with her. 


Sci-Fi Book Recommendations for Fans of 'Dune'

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Petra Mayer, an editor at NPR books, gives us book recommendations based around the famous 1965 science-fiction novel, 'Dune.'


Supply chain issues are slowing the production of books ahead of the holidays

Monday, October 04, 2021

Shortages of paper and cardboard — plus issues with warehouse and shipping capacity — are causing havoc in the publishing industry right before the holiday shopping season kicks into gear.


Here Are The Longlist Nominees For This Year's National Book Awards

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The longlist nominees for this year's National Book Awards are being announced over the course of the next few days — we'll have them all right here in a continuously updated post.


Chuck Close, Creator Of Gigantic Portraits, Has Died At 81

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Chuck Close, who was known for his giant photorealist portraits of friends and colleagues in the art world, has died at the age of 81. Late in life, Close faced accusations of sexual harassment.


We Picked Our Favorite Sci-Fi And Fantasy Books 10 Years Ago. Here Are Some We Missed

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Way back in 2011, we polled our readers about their favorite science fiction and fantasy books and made a list of their 100 favorites. There were some notable omissions. It's time to fix that.


We Asked, You Answered: Your 50 Favorite Sci-Fi And Fantasy Books Of The Past Decade

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Earlier in the summer, we asked you to vote for your favorite science fiction and fantasy reads of the past decade — so here are 50 fabulous reads, curated by our expert judges and you, the readers.


August Book-Ahead: What We're Excited To Read Next Month

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

August can sometimes be a stretch of the doldrums when it comes to publishing — but this month there are so many fascinating books on the horizon, we added an extra to our usual list of five.


Comic-Con Is Online Only Again This Year. On The Bright Side, No Lines!

Friday, July 23, 2021

No costumed crowds are thronging the streets of San Diego this weekend: For the second year in a row, Comic-Con is online only. But organizers are hoping for a small in-person show in November.


July Book-Ahead: What We're Excited To Read Next Month

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

This month brings a great selection of books, from a reimagining of King Arthur to a study of loneliness that might be just what you need as you start to recover from pandemic-induced isolation.


Forgiveness Is A Super Power In Graham Norton's New Novel

Saturday, June 26, 2021

British talk show host Graham Norton is also an accomplished novelist — his latest, Home Stretch, follows the people of a small Irish town after a fatal car accident upends everyone's lives.


The Summer Reader Poll Returns: Tell Us Your Favorite New Sci-Fi And Fantasy Books

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Our famous Summer Reader Poll is back! It's been 10 years since our original sci-fi and fantasy poll, and the field has changed so much since then — so tell us about your favorite new reads!


Summer Reader Poll 2021: Meet Our Expert Judges

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

As always, we've assembled a crack team of judges to help curate this year's final summer poll list — Amal El-Mohtar, Ann Leckie, Tochi Onyebuchi and Fonda Lee.


Questions For Zen Cho, Author Of 'Black Water Sister'

Monday, May 17, 2021

In Zen Cho's new novel, a young woman begins to hear a voice in her head: It's the dead, estranged grandmother she never knew. Wronged in life, the grandmother wants revenge after death.


Louise Erdrich Takes Home Aspen Words Literary Prize For 'The Night Watchman'

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Erdrich's novel — about a Chippewa tribal elder working as a night watchman while battling government efforts to the tribe's treaties and land ownership rights — was based on her own grandfather.


2021 Whiting Awards Honor 10 Soon-To-Be-Big Writers

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The winners of this year's Whiting Awards have been announced; the $50,000 prize honors emerging writers, with the aim of enabling them to concentrate full-time on their work.


'Farewell For Now:' Leigh Bardugo On 'Rule Of Wolves'

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Leigh Bardugo is winding up her Russian-inflected Grishaverse series (at least for now) with Rule of Wolves, which continues the story of the dashing King Nikolai of Ravka and his demonic interloper.


Haruki Murakami: 'I've Had All Sorts Of Strange Experiences In My Life'

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Murakami's new story collection, First Person Singular, touches some of his favorite subjects — jazz, baseball, classical music — but also highlights some of the unexplained oddities of life.