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Author Interviews
2:28 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Why Knockoffs Are Good For The Fashion Industry

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 1:48 pm

During New York Fashion Week, designers will present looks that you might find in a department store next spring ... or, as knockoffs at Forever 21. That's because copying fashion designs is perfectly legal — and that's a good thing, if you ask Kal Raustiala.

Raustiala is the co-author of a new book called The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation. He talks with NPR's Renee Montagne about who copies fashion designs, why it's legal and how copying ultimately benefits the consumer and the industry.

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Author Interviews
1:09 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

Michael Chabon Journeys Back To 'Telegraph Avenue'

Michael Chabon's books include The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The Yiddish Policemen's Union and Manhood for Amateurs. He lives in Berkeley, Calif., with his wife, novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children.
Jennifer Chaney

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 10:24 am

Michael Chabon's latest novel, Telegraph Avenue, is named after the famed road between Oakland and Berkeley in California.

In the book, that's also where two couples — Nat and Aviva, who are white, and Archy and Gwen, who are black — are struggling to get by. The two men are friends, partners in a vinyl record shop. Their wives work together as nurse midwives.

Over the course of a couple of weeks, the characters deal with threats to their work, to their relationships and their very way of being. Chabon delves deeply into issues of art, race and sexuality.

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The Sound of Books
2:44 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Century-Old Louisiana Kidnapping Mystery Solved in New History: "A Case for Solomon"

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new non-fiction investigation of a century-old Louisiana mystery: A Case for Solomon: Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping That Haunted a Nation, by co-authors Tal McThenia and Margaret Dunbar Cutright.

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The Reading Life
1:44 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Researching Bobby Dunbar

This week on The Reading Life: Tal McThenia and Margaret Dunbar Cutright, authors of  A Case for Solomon: Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping That Haunted a Nation.

And then we talk with Maureen O’Dwyer, who facilitates the Southern Literature reading group at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

The Reading Life
2:00 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Poems and Pink Ribbons and Tigers, Oh My!

This week on The Reading Life: Sharon Carter Sheridan and Jarvis DeBerry of the Poems and Pink Ribbons writing workshop for breast cancer survivors and those living with breast cancer.

Also, Susan welcomes Cornell Landry, whose new book is The Tiger and the Honey Badger Take on the Zoo; and Susan has some thoughts on reading about New Orleans after Katrina.

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The Reading Life
2:00 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Sally Kenney and Katherine Howe

This week on The Reading Life: Sally Kenney, the Newcomb College Endowed Chair, Executive Director of the Newcomb College Institute, professor of political science at Tulane University, and the author of Gender and Justice: Why Women in the Judiciary Really Matter.

Author Interviews
3:32 pm
Sun August 19, 2012

Long After Katrina, New Orleans Fights For 'Home'

Alex Brandon

Originally published on Sun August 19, 2012 5:20 pm

In just a few weeks, we will mark the seventh anniversary of one of the country's deadliest hurricanes. New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are still recovering from the devastating damage and loss of life caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita — the storm that would follow.

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The Reading Life
2:00 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Katrina Recovery and Julia Child's Birthday

This week on The Reading Life: Daniel Wolff, author of The Fight For Home: How (Parts of) New Orleans Came Back, and Tom Wooten, author of We Shall Not be Moved: Rebuilding Home in the Wake of Katrina.

And we'll celebrate Julia Child's 100th birthday in books!

Inside the Arts
12:56 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Urban Education Smackdown, Ernie K-Doe, Specialty Cocktails and National Voice-Over Seminar

Today on Inside the Arts we'll visit with playwright Jim Fitzmorris as he steps into the boxing ring with the Governor... we'll peek inside the acclaimed new biography by New Orleans writer Ben Sandmel, Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans... we'll tap into the demand for specialty cocktails, and give you tips on how to perfect your signature voice.

Inside the Arts airs Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:35 a.m.

The Reading Life
1:54 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Kiini Ibura Salaam and Pamela Binnings Ewen

This week on The Reading Life, Kiini Ibura Salaam, whose new collection of stories is called Ancient, Ancient. And North Shore novelist Pamela Binnings Ewen, author of Chasing the Wind. Susan also reviews a new Katrina-set novel.

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