Petra Mayer

Petra Mayer appears in the following:

Remembering Writer Harlan Ellison

Friday, June 29, 2018

The famous, and famously cantankerous, science fiction writer Harlan Ellison has died. Over a 6-decade career, he won multiple awards for his fiction and television writing.


Laura Ingalls Wilder's Name Removed From Children's Literature Award

Monday, June 25, 2018

The Association for Library Service to Children has voted to rename its Laura Ingalls Wilder award for children's literature, after complaints about Wilder's portrayal of Native Americans.


Summer Horror Poll: Meet Our Expert Panelists!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

We asked you to tell us about your favorite horror novels and short stories, and you gave us more than 6,500 titles. Now, meet the expert judges who'll take those parts and create a beautiful monster.


It's Aliiiiiive! This Year, Our Summer Reader Poll Is All About Horror

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Our famous Summer Reader Poll lurches to life, dripping grave-dirt and bits of glowing green, ready to hear all about your favorite horror novels and stories. What sends a shiver down your spine?


Swedish Academy Won't Award Nobel In Literature Following Sex-Abuse Scandal

Friday, May 04, 2018

The Swedish Academy — the body that awards Nobel Prizes — has announced that the literature prize will not be given this year. The decision follows a spate of infighting and allegations of sexual misconduct against the husband of an Academy member.


The Influence Of Ursula K. Le Guin

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

American author Ursula K. Le Guin has died at age 88. She was one of the most influential authors of the 20th century, known primarily for her science fiction and fantasy novels and stories.


Prolific Science Fiction And Fantasy Author Ursula K. Le Guin Dies At 88

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Author Ursula K. Le Guin has died at age 88. She was a prolific writer of science fiction and fantasy who brought feminism into her work and raised the genres into literature.


The 2017 NPR Book Concierge: Get Your Read On

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

NPR launches its 2017 Book Concierge on Tuesday, pulling together a year's worth of favorite reads from staff and critics. NPR Books editor Petra Mayer talks about some of this year's selections.


Our Backstage Pass Takes Us To The Wings Of London's Globe Theatre

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

If all the world's a stage, and men and women merely players, there must be somewhere to stash the scenery and change your costumes. What's it like in the wings at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre?


Questions For Jody Houser, Writer Of High-Flying 'Faith'

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Faith "Zephyr" Herbert is one of Valiant Comics breakout stars. The plus-sized superheroine fights crime in the streets of Los Angeles — and now, she's up against an AI trying to damage time itself.


'Doctor Who' Is A Woman: Jodie Whittaker Chosen To Play Lead In British Sci-Fi Series

Monday, July 17, 2017

The 13th Doctor in the long-running British sci-fi series Doctor Who will be played by Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to take the role. The move is long overdue for some and an outrage for others.


The Negative Zone: What Didn't Make Our Final List

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

In a list of 100 favorite comics and graphic novels, inevitably some people's favorites will get left out — some because they don't stand the test of time, some because there's just no room.


Let's Get Graphic: 100 Favorite Comics And Graphic Novels

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

We asked readers to name their favorite comics and graphic novels, and we got thousands of answers. Now, with the help of our expert panel, we've curated a list to keep you flipping pages all summer.


Summer Comics Poll: Meet Our Expert Panelists!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

While we prep our awesome reader poll of great comics and graphic novels for all ages and tastes, we thought we'd introduce you to the panel of expert judges who helped curate the final list of 100.


Cartoonists Tell Us: What Do Comics Mean To You?

Sunday, July 09, 2017

In honor of our big summer reader poll of favorite comics and graphic novels, we've asked a few very cool cartoonists to tell us — or really, draw for us — what comics mean to them.


It's A Bird, It's A Plane ... It's Our Comics And Graphic Novels Reader Poll!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Our famous summer reader poll is back, and this year we're all about comics and graphic novels! Whether it's your childhood favorite or the webcomic you binged last week, we want to know about it.


Remastering The Mythos: Questions For Ruthanna Emrys

Thursday, May 04, 2017

When Ruthanna Emrys first read H.P. Lovecraft's classic tale "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," her sympathies were squarely with the monsters — and that sympathy was the seed of her new book, Winter Tide.


A Dangerous Trip Into The 'Spill Zone:' Questions For Scott Westerfeld

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Scott Westerfeld's new graphic novel was inspired by photos of Chernobyl; it's the story of two sisters living on the outskirts of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. after a mysterious incident destroys the city.


Paula Hawkins Prepares To Dive 'Into The Water'

Friday, April 28, 2017

Author Paula Hawkins was down on her luck when her 2015 book The Girl on the Train became a smash hit. Now she's grappling with success and preparing to launch her followup, Into the Water.


Welcome To 'The Collapsing Empire:' Questions For John Scalzi

Friday, March 24, 2017

Prolific sci-fi author John Scalzi boots up a new universe in The Collapsing Empire. It's set in a future where far-flung humanity's ability to travel and communicate between planets is under threat.