Petra Mayer

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As More Women, Minorities Win Hugos, 'Sad Puppies' Blast Sci-Fi Awards

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The prestigious Hugo Awards, which honor science fiction and fantasy writing, will be held Saturday. Lately, they have been given to more and more women and writers of color as the wo...

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Beverly Jenkins Wraps Bitter History In Sweet Romance

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Historical romance is big business — it's the most popular subgenre of a billion-dollar industry. You can read about pirates, knights, Regency rakes and just about anything else. But for a long time, you couldn't read about black history. Until Beverly Jenkins came along.

Jenkins calls herself a "kitchen table ...

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Heartbreakers: Why Some Books Didn't Make The Final Romance List

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sometimes the hardest part of composing a list is not what you put on it, but what you leave off — and even with 100 slots on our summer romance list, there were going to be a few books that didn't make the cut.

To complicate things, this list wasn't ...

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Want To Get Inside Your Favorite Show? Go To Comic-Con

Saturday, July 25, 2015

San Diego Comic-Con is the sweet spot for immersive marketing, a form of advertising involving elaborate experiences that let fans feel like they're inside their favorite games, movies and shows.

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She Was Groot: After A Galactic Hit, Marvel Screenwriter Tackles Comics

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Nicole Perlman was the first woman to get a screenwriting credit on a Marvel Studios movie, for last year's big hit Guardians of the Galaxy.

Perlman has been tapped to write the upcoming Captain Marvel movie, too, but first she's navigating a slightly less galactic challenge: Writing her first comic ...

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Do Try This At Home: Hacking Ribs — In The Pressure Cooker

Sunday, June 28, 2015

This summer, NPR is getting crafty in the kitchen. As part of Weekend Edition's Do Try This At Home series, chefs are sharing their cleverest hacks and tips — taking expensive, exhausting or intimidating recipes and tweaking them to work in any home kitchen.

This week: Making delicious, fall-off-the-bone baby ...

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Summer Of Love: Meet Our Expert Panelists!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

While our intern is diligently tallying up the 18,000 nominations that came in for the Summer of Love reader poll (sorry, Intern Laura!), we thought we'd take the time to introduce you to the expert panel that will help us wrestle this massive list down to 100 finalists.

A ...

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Tell Us About Your Favorite Romances — It's The NPR Books Summer Of Love!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

We're bringing back our famous summer reader poll this year, and as the days get longer (and the nights get hotter), we think it's the perfect time to celebrate romance.

Whether you love historicals, paranormals, inspirationals, young adult, Amish, romantic suspense, contemporaries (or, like some people around here, you'd be ...

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Ruth Rendell Dies, Pioneered The Psychological Thriller

Monday, May 04, 2015

The British mystery writer was known for her Inspector Wexford series and in her later years became active in Labour Party politics. NPR's Petra Mayer has this remembrance.

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Dozens Of Writers Join Protest Of Free Speech Award For 'Charlie Hebdo'

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Updated at 2:30 p.m. ET

The protest over a free speech award to Charlie Hebdo continues to grow.

Earlier this week, six authors withdrew from the PEN American Center's annual gala in response to the organization's decision to give the French satirical magazine its Freedom of Expression Courage Award.

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Questions For David Levithan, Author Of 'Hold Me Closer'

Friday, April 03, 2015

Tiny Cooper is your new boyfriend (well, not mine, he doesn't swing that way). Readers met the flamboyant high school football player and would-be musical impresario as a side character in the 2010 novel Will Grayson, Will Grayson and fell in love — about as quickly as Tiny did with ...

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Author Terry Pratchett Was No Stranger To Death

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The prolific author, who died Thursday at 66, was known for his novels about the fantasy planet Discworld, populated by humans, witches, trolls and dwarves — and a very human, sympathetic Death.

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Author Robert Stone, Known For 'Dog Soldiers,' Dies At 77

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

National Book Award-winning author Robert Stone was on the fringes of the utopian counterculture of the 1960s — but he preferred to write about what happened when that dream went sour.

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NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2014's Great Reads

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Introducing NPR's Book Concierge, your personal guide to the great books published in 2014. NPR staff and critics selected some 250 of their favorite titles. You can find a list of all our recommended titles below or ...

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Shakespeare Folio Found In Small-Town French Library

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Copies of Shakespeare's first folio are some of the rarest books in the world — only about 230 copies survive. Surprisingly, another copy has been rediscovered in a public library in northern France.

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After 'Fifty Shades,' Could This Be The Next Big Online Hit?

Monday, November 03, 2014

After is an epic, erotic fan fiction loosely based on the British boy band One Direction. It's being republished by Simon & Schuster, which is hoping the story's online fans will buy it in book form.

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Back Across The Wall: Questions For Garth Nix

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Australian author Garth Nix anticipated the boom in young adult literature almost 20 years ago with Sabriel, a dark and delightful tale of a young woman from a long line of necromancers tasked with making sure the dead stay dead. Sabriel and its sequels Lirael and Abhorsen were set in ...

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Finding A Voice — Again — In The Pages Of A Comic Book

Sunday, September 21, 2014

This is a story about love. It's a story about bad things happening to good people, about memory and perseverance — and comic books. But most of all, it's a story about a voice. A mellow, smooth voice, just right for late-night jazz.

The voice belonged to David Rector, who ...

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Lev Grossman: A 'Magician' Grows Up

Saturday, August 09, 2014

The final book in Lev Grossman's Magicians trilogy comes out this week — The Magician's Land. It's a literary fantasy, inspired by Narnia and Harry Potter, that tells the story of what happens to brilliant young wizards when they grow up and have to deal with the world.

Grossman was ...

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In 'Dirty Work,' A Doctor Turns To Fiction To Talk About Abortion

Saturday, August 09, 2014

All surgeons must pick the organ they'll spend their career protecting, Gabriel Weston writes in her new novel, Dirty Work. And as Nancy, the obstetrician-gynecologist at the center of the book, explains, "We gynecologists have the womb to look after. ... And whichever specialty we choose, each of us has ...

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