Petra Mayer

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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.


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.


Next National Ambassador For Young People's Literature Is Named

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Jason Reynolds is the seventh national ambassador for Young People's Literature. Reynolds will spend his two-year term traveling the country getting young people to tell their stories.


'Harry Potter And The Cursed Child' Makes Its Magic The Old-Fashioned Way

Sunday, December 29, 2019

The creators of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child designed their show so it wouldn't look like the world Potterheads knew from the movies. They've documented that process in a new book, The Journey.


It's Back! NPR Unveils 2019 Book Concierge

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

The NPR 2019 Book Concierge is here! It features more than 350 recommendations from NPR staffers and trusted critics.


London's 'Mudlark' Pulls Treasure From The Thames

Sunday, November 10, 2019

"Mudlarks" were the people who made a living picking objects out of the mud along the River Thames. Writer Lara Maiklem follows in their tracks; she chronicles her journeys in a new book, Mudlark.


Imprisoned As 'Immoral', A Lost Grandmother Inspired 'Evidence Of V'

Friday, October 25, 2019

Sheila O'Connor never knew her maternal grandmother, who was imprisoned in a state reform school when she became pregnant at 15. But now, she's reconstructed her grandmother's life in fictional form.


Tracy Chevalier Says 'A Single Thread' Can Make All The Difference

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Chevalier's new novel follows one of the generation of "surplus women," who lost their men in World War I and had to make new lives for themselves — sometimes outside the bounds of convention.


Hear Margaret Atwood Read From 'The Testaments,' Her Sequel To 'The Handmaid's Tale'

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

In this recording, exclusive to NPR, Atwood returns to the world of The Handmaid's Tale, reading from her long-awaited sequel. Some 15 years after the first book, it introduces a few new voices.


We Did It For The LOLs: 100 Favorite Funny Books

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

We thought you might need a laugh right about now, so this year's summer reader poll celebrates all the books (and one short story, and a few uncategorizable gems) that make you laugh out loud.


Comic-Con 2019, Day 3: Cosplay Day! (Plus, Yes, The Marvel Panel)

Sunday, July 21, 2019

At San Diego Comic-Con, fans strut their stuff in all kinds of costumes — some homemade, some elaborately professional. Even pets and little kids get in on the act.