Petra Mayer

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Family, Identity And A Hot Ghost: Questions For 'Cemetery Boys' Author Aiden Thomas

Friday, September 04, 2020

Aiden Thomas' new YA novel, Cemetery Boys, follows a queer, trans Latinx teenager as he fights to prove himself to his conservative family — and deal with the troublesome ghost he's summoned.

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Welcome To Story Hour: 100 Favorite Books For Young Readers

Monday, August 31, 2020

This year we had kids and caregivers in mind when we chose the genre for our summer poll. So here are 100 favorite kids' books, picked by readers and expert judges, to while away the hours at home.

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Marking The Centennial Of Author Ray Bradbury's Birth

Monday, August 31, 2020

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of science-fiction great Ray Bradbury. We examine his legacy and the authors he influenced.

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Orwell's 'Animal Farm,' Around For Decades, Almost Wasn't Published

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

George Orwell's anti-tyranny fable Animal Farm turns 75 this week. We examine what Orwell was thinking when he wrote it, why it's lasted so long and what we can learn from it today.

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In 'Afterland,' A World (Mostly) Without Men: Questions For Lauren Beukes

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Lauren Beukes' new novel is set in a near future where a virus has killed off most of the men on Earth, and one woman is racing to free her young, immune son from the government and get him to safety.

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San Diego Comic-Con Moves Online Due To The Pandemic

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Comic-Con began Wednesday. It's virtual this year due to the pandemic. Instead of waiting in endless lines in San Diego, fans will be able to watch panel discussions online.

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Confused? Anxious? Prickly? Couturiers At Viktor & Rolf Have You Covered

Thursday, July 09, 2020

These are troubled times and the high-concept fashion house is reflecting that in its fall 2020 collection — three mini-wardrobes embodying anger, confusion and, finally, love and hope.

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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.

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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 npr.org/kidsbooks. The results are expected by mid-August.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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'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.

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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.

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'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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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