Petra Mayer

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In 'Queen Of The Sea,' The Story Rides On Goatback

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Dylan Meconis' new graphic novel is set on a mysterious island off the coast of a country that's not quite Tudor England. It's an alternate history, loosely based on the youth of Queen Elizabeth I.

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Comic-Con 2019, Day 2: The Infamous Coffee Cup

Saturday, July 20, 2019

On the second full day of San Diego Comic-Con, highlights include the last-ever (maybe) Game of Thrones panel and the Eisner Awards, celebrating the best work in comics. (Also, some good cosplay.)

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San Diego Comic-Con Is Turning 50: Here's Its Origin Story

Friday, July 19, 2019

50 years ago, a bunch of teenaged comics fans got together to plan a convention, and what started with 300 people in a hotel basement became the pop culture juggernaut known as San Diego Comic Con.

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Comic-Con 2019, Day 1: Sleepless In San Diego

Friday, July 19, 2019

San Diego Comic-Con kicked off Thursday, with more than 130,000 attendees expected. Big draws of the day were Lin-Manuel Miranda and Arnold Schwarzenegger — and a surprise appearance from Tom Cruise.

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Judith Krantz, Queen Of The Sex And Shopping Novel, Dies At 91

Monday, June 24, 2019

Judith Krantz, queen of the 'sex and shopping' novel, has died at 91. Beginning with Scruples in 1978, she sold millions of books with her signature mix of high fashion, hot sex and female ambition.

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Summer Reader Poll 2019: Meet Our Expert Panelists!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

We've got fantastic judges for this year's summer reader poll! Alexandra Petri, Aparna Nancherla, Guy Branum and Samantha Irby will take your votes and curate a final list of 100 side-splitting reads.

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LOL — This Year's Summer Reader Poll Is All About Funny Books

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Take these books ... please?! Our famous Summer Reader Poll is back, and this year we're celebrating funny books. What makes you laugh — or giggle, or even just snicker quietly? We want to know!

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Questions For Arkady Martine, Author Of 'A Memory Called Empire'

Sunday, April 07, 2019

City planner and Byzantine historian Arkady Martine puts her academic experience to work in a new novel about an ambassador from a small space station who comes to the court of a devouring empire.

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This Valentine's Day, Make A Date With A Book

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Sure, it's great to celebrate love, but why not escape all the relationship pressures, buy yourself some chocolate and make a date with a good romance novel? Here are five our our all-time favorites.

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Albert Finney, Who Played Tom Jones, Daddy Warbucks And Hamlet, Dies At 82

Friday, February 08, 2019

The renowned British actor was nominated for five Oscars and two Tony Awards, among other prizes. His career spanned six decades, from understudying Laurence Olivier to appearing in a James Bond film.

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The Monkees Tried To Cut Their Strings With 'Head'

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Hey, hey, they were the Monkees, and by 1968 they were sick and tired of their manufactured boy-band image, so they took a sledgehammer to it in the surreal, angry, stream-of-consciousness Head.

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NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2018's Great Reads

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Book Concierge is back! Explore more than 300 standout titles picked by NPR staff and critics.

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Exclusive: 'Friday Black,' 'There There' And More Longlisted For Aspen Words Prize

Monday, November 19, 2018

Other titles include Ling Ma's Severance and Elaine Castillo's America is Not the Heart. This is the second year for the prize, which focuses on fiction that addresses contemporary issues.

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'The Ravenmaster' Is Definitely (There) For The Birds

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Legend says that if the ravens ever leave the Tower of London, England will fall. Luckily, ravenmaster Chris Skaife is there to care for them, and he's got a new book about these extraordinary birds.

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'Our Fathers Were Like Ghosts:' Questions For Juan Vidal, Author Of 'Rap Dad'

Monday, October 08, 2018

Writer, critic and musician Juan Vidal grew up largely fatherless, falling in and out of trouble — but he found fellowship, poetry, and eventually guidance in the words of his favorite rappers.

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After 'Forty Years Of Pointed Ears,' 'ElfQuest' Ends Its Legendary Run

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

ElfQuest is a comics industry institution — this saga of, yes, elves on a quest has been running since 1978. But now, creators Wendy and Richard Pini have brought the quest to an end.

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'Chesapeake Requiem' Chronicles Life On An Endangered Island

Monday, August 27, 2018

Tangier Island, in the Chesapeake Bay, has been home to a small, self-reliant community of watermen for centuries — and now climate change is threatening to swamp the island and its way of life.

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Ashes To Ashes, Funk To Funky: Questions For Jason Heller, Author Of 'Strange Stars'

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Critic and author Jason Heller's new book traces the considerable influence of David Bowie on the science-fiction inflected music of the 1970s, from "Space Oddity" to the glittery glory of Funkadelic.

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Click If You Dare: 100 Favorite Horror Stories

Thursday, August 16, 2018

In honor of Frankenstein's 200th birthday, this year's summer reader poll is all about horror — from classics like Mary Shelley's monster to new favorites, we've got something to scare everyone.

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Comic-Con Day 4: The Monstrous Regiment

Sunday, July 22, 2018

San Diego Comic-Con ended on Sunday, and our intrepid correspondents Mallory Yu and Petra Mayer report on an Eisner Awards ceremony (the Oscars of comics) dominated by women and writers of color.

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