Petra Mayer

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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.


Looking For Thor's Hammer: Neil Gaiman On 'Norse Mythology'

Monday, February 13, 2017

Author Neil Gaiman first encountered the Norse gods in the pages of old Marvel Comics reprints, when he was 6 years old. Now, he's written his own versions of these ancient tales of gods and monsters.


What's The Next Big Dystopian Novel? Margaret Atwood Has Some Ideas

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale landed on top of Amazon's best-seller lists this week, following other classics like 1984 and It Can't Happen Here. She has some thoughts on our next great dystopia.


Margaret Atwood's 'The Handmaid's Tale' Soars To Top Of Amazon Bestseller List

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Margaret Atwood's feminist classic, The Handmaid's Tale, is the latest dystopian novel to hit the Amazon bestseller lists, following 1984 and It Can't Happen Here.


You, Too, Will Love Big Brother: A Life Of Reading And Rereading '1984'

Friday, January 27, 2017

George Orwell's dystopian classic is dominating the news these days. It happens to be NPR Books editor Petra Mayer's all-time favorite; she says it's one of those books that burrows deep in your mind.


NPR's Book Concierge To The Rescue With Last-Minute Gift Ideas

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Books make great last minute gift ideas. Here are a few tips for book shoppers with voids still to fill, helped by NPR's Book Concierge.


NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2016's Great Reads

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

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


One Blast Injured Dozens In Chelsea. I Saw A 2nd Device Shortly Afterward

Sunday, September 18, 2016

NPR Books editor Petra Mayer was in the Manhattan neighborhood on Saturday when she saw what looked like a pressure cooker on the sidewalk. Suddenly she found herself at the heart of the night's news.


In 'Jerusalem,' Nothing You've Ever Lost Is Truly Gone

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The house Alan Moore was born in was torn down in 1969 — along with most of the rest of his neighborhood. But in his new novel, Jerusalem, the legendary comics creator brings it all back to life.


'Missy Piggle-Wiggle' Brings Magical Cures To The Modern World

Saturday, September 10, 2016

60 years ago, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle cured your parenting problems with Leadership Pills, well-mannered pigs and Ignorance Tonic. Now, her niece Missy takes up the mantle in a new series of books.


Better To Reign In Hell: Literature's Unpunished Villains

Monday, August 22, 2016

Snidely Whiplash may have been famous for yelling "Curses, foiled again!" But sometimes the bad guys win — from Milton's Satan to X-men foe Magneto, we're taking a look at the ones who get away.


Like These TV Shows? Here Are 70+ Things You Might Also Like ...

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Did you just watch the last episode of your favorite TV show? NPR is here to help you find the next thing to watch, read or listen to. Browse our handpicked list of books, movies, podcasts and more.


There Could Be No Other Way: 'Blue Monday' Is Back

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Chynna Clugston Flores' cult comic about a music-crazy high schooler and her mad mod friends is back after more than a decade. It's a largely autobiographical look at teen life in the early '90s.


Midnight Release Party Summons Muggles For Eighth Harry Potter Installment

Sunday, July 31, 2016

The latest book in J.K. Rowling's series, really a script for a play, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," went on sale at midnight. We check in with fans who lined up, wands in hand, to get a copy.


At 75, Wonder Woman Lassos In A New Generation With An Ageless Fight

Sunday, July 24, 2016

As the launch of the upcoming film coincides with the heroine's Comic-Con fandom, Wonder Woman appears to be hooking new fans for the same reasons she was birthed in 1941: justice, peace and feminism.


Comic-Con Has Become Poké-Con

Friday, July 22, 2016

At this year's San Diego Comic-Con, one of the biggest phenomena isn't just inside the convention center, it's all around: Swarms of people staring at their phones as they play Pokémon Go.


Like These Books? Here Are 60+ Things You Might Also Like ...

Friday, July 15, 2016

You know that feeling when you put down a great book and all you want is more? We took 27 recent books and paired them with movies, musicals, TV shows, comics and podcasts to keep your buzz going.