Petra Mayer

Petra Mayer appears in the following:

We Can Be Heroes — With Some Glue And A Little Fabric

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing — celebrating not just comics, but movies, TV, books, video games and really cool costumes. It's called cosplay: the art and science of dressing up like your favorite character.

I've got a confession to make. I'm a cosplayer myself, though without any ...


Watch Out For That Butterfly: The Lure Of Literary Time Travel

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Where would you go, if you had a time machine? Ancient Egypt? Tang Dynasty China? The Globe Theater, in 1599? Or maybe to the 25th century, because who knows, Buck Rogers might actually be there.

Sadly, no one's likely to invent a working time machine any time soon. But that ...


History In The Groove: Q&A With Author (And 78 Collector) Amanda Petrusich

Saturday, July 12, 2014

If you've ever enjoyed the ghostly weird-old-America wail of Robert Johnson, the deep blues of Charley Patton or Skip James' guitar wizardry, you can thank the 78 collecting community — those dedicated (okay, obsessive) folks who hunt down the rare old shellac records that hold so much of our musical ...


Questions For Earl Swift, Author Of 'Auto Biography'

Saturday, May 10, 2014

This '57 Chevy station wagon was once pristine, the epitome of American automotive glory: two tone green, with sweeping fins and enough chrome to blind pedestrians. But by the time journalist Earl Swift came across it, those days were gone, and it was subsiding gently into a heap of rust ...


'Traveling Pants' Author Tries Traveling In Time

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Author Ann Brashares became a young adult superstar more than a decade ago with the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, a feel-good series of books about the adventures of four best friends and a really great pair of jeans. It was eventually made into a couple of movies.

Brashares' new ...


Winging It: Biking Around Again In Margaritaville

Sunday, December 29, 2013

I love Key West, and I go there as often as possible: pina coladas, drag queens, shady hammocks, feral chickens — it's the best. There's just one problem: everyone gets around the island by bike, and I've never learned to ride one. Obviously that had to change.

Why didn't I ...


NPR NSFW? Checking Out The Sexy Books On Mobile

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Here in the NPR Books offices, we've just gotten some of the metrics back on the Book Concierge project, and we've really been enjoying looking at what's popular with our users — which books (hello, Eleanor & Park!) and particularly, which tags and combinations thereof.

We were very ...


Questions For Hugh Howey, Author Of 'WOOL'

Saturday, August 31, 2013

After a varied career as a computer repairman and yacht captain, Hugh Howey turned his hand to writing. He'd self-published several novels and stories when the sci-fi dystopia WOOL, originally just a novella, found sudden runaway success in 2011. Howey found himself writing sequel after sequel to keep up with ...


Fans Are Like Friends To 'Reigning Queen' Of Women's Fiction

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Go to your nearest paperback rack, and odds are, you'll see two or three, or four, or — well, a lot of books by Debbie Macomber, an author The Sacramento Bee has dubbed "the reigning queen of women's fiction."

Macomber has 170 million books in print; the newest, Rose Harbor ...


Still Not Ginger: In Which We Express Cautious Excitement About Peter Capaldi

Monday, August 05, 2013

For hardcore Doctor Who fans, the show is like a cranky elderly relative. You love it because it's basically family. But you don't always like it. (Steven Moffat ... grumble grumble ... female characters ... grumble grumble ... what the hell did you do to River Song grumble grumble ...)



What If The X-Men Were Real? Q&A With Marcus Sakey, Author Of 'Brilliance'

Saturday, July 27, 2013

What if the X-Men were real? And what if they weren't mutants in spandex, but people like you and me and Bob in accounting, just endowed with superhuman talents for things like pattern recognition, programming and strategy?

That's the premise of Marcus Sakey's new novel, Brilliance — yes, "brilliants" are ...


School's Out: 5 Great Summer Reads For Teens

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I'm surrounded here at NPR Books by people with sophisticated, grown-up tastes — happy to dive into the latest Claire Messud or Daniel Alarcon or James Salter. Meanwhile, give me — any day — a book about teenagers (and preferably dragons). A good YA novel is a polished gem of ...


'Cinnamon And Gunpowder': Haute Cuisine On The High Seas

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Food porn and rip-roaring pirate adventure are two great tastes that taste great together in Eli Brown's rollicking Cinnamon and Gunpowder. Owen Wedgwood is the brilliant but rather prissy chef to shipping magnate Lord Ramsey — until privateer captain "Mad Hannah" Mabbot shoots Ramsey at point-blank range and takes Wedgwood ...


Questions For Barbara J. King, Author Of 'How Animals Grieve'

Monday, May 27, 2013

Attributing human characteristics to animals makes for great cartoons, but it's not usually considered rigorous science. Now, a new book argues that animals do think and feel in ways similar to humans.

Barbara J. King is a professor of anthropology and a commentator on NPR's science blog, 13.7. And ...


A Bird-Watching Babe In The Woods Stumbles Toward Maturity

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Oh no, I thought, cracking open Brian Kimberling's debut novel, Snapper. It's a collection of linked stories. Starring an aimless birdwatcher. Who drives an ancient, glitter-encrusted pickup truck named Gypsy Moth and has a grand passion for an honest-to-God Manic Pixie Dream Girl with red hair, floaty dresses, a ...