Books

Author Interviews
11:42 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Philip Pullman Rewrites The Brothers Grimm

Courtesy of Viking

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 11:02 am

Two hundred years after the Brothers Grimm first published Children's and Household Tales, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are getting another rewrite.

Philip Pullman, who wrote The Golden Compass of the young-adult fantasy series His Dark Materials, took on the challenge of retelling 50 of the original Grimm stories for his latest book, Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm.

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11:36 am
Mon November 12, 2012

On Veterans Day, Stories Of Heroes And Homecoming

Originally published on Sun November 11, 2012 4:31 am

This Veterans Day, NPR Books went into the archives to find stories of combat and coping. A mother describes the emotional minefield of having a child at war, a Marine writes a memoir of a mortuary, and a photojournalist pays tribute to two centuries of Native-Americans in the military.

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Author Interviews
3:54 pm
Sun November 11, 2012

The Adventures Of An Investigative Satirist

Originally published on Sun November 11, 2012 4:39 pm

Daily Show host Jon Stewart recently called writer Jon Ronson an investigative satirist. As Ronson himself puts it: "I go off and I have unfolding adventures with people in shadowy places. I guess I tell funny stories about serious things."

Ronson has collected many of these stories in his new book, Lost at Sea. He talks to Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered, about the characters and places he has encountered along the way.

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The Sound of Books
12:30 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

New Orleans Writer Kent Westmoreland Launches Crime Novel Series

An interview with author Kent Westmoreland.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the debut novel from New Orleans writer Kent Westmoreland: Baronne Street.

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The Reading Life
2:00 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Tom Varisco, Brad Richard and Summer Wood

This week on The Reading Life: Tom Varisco, creator of Jackson Squared, poet Brad Richard, whose new collection is Butcher’s Sugar, and novelist Summer Wood, author of Raising Wrecker.

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Books
4:50 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

6 Book Stories That'll Cast The Election In New Light

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Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 2:43 pm

With plenty of election ennui going around, NPR Books dug into the archives for new ways to look at the election story. Here you'll find accounts of past campaigns gone wrong, an examination of the science and art of prediction and an idea of what happens when the pre-presidential storyline gets a dose of sci fi, fantasy and puberty, respectively.

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3:20 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

'Smitten Kitchen' Takes The Fuss Out Of Cooking

Deb Perelman

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 2:26 pm

Think of the smallest kitchen you can imagine, and then take away a few square feet. That's Deb Perelman's New York kitchen. It's so small that the blogger, and now author, literally has to wedge herself between the stove and the refrigerator to cook.

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The Sound of Books
8:14 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Widely Praised New Biography of Leonard Cohen

An interview with the author.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten — the new biography from acclaimed music journalist and author Sylvie Simmons — I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen.

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The Reading Life
1:55 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Prytania and Pitbulls

This week on The Reading Life: Rene Brunet and Jack Stewart, co-authors of There’s One in Your Neighborhood: The Lost Movie Theaters of New Orleans, and Ken Foster, whose new book is I’m a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America’s Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet.

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Author Interviews
9:59 am
Tue October 30, 2012

'Sutton': America's 1920s, Bank-Robbing 'Robin Hood'

Hyperion

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 3:35 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on Sept. 26, 2012.

After the global financial crisis hit in 2008, Pulitzer Prize winner J.R. Moehringer was so angry at banks, he says, he decided to write about the people who rob them — in the form of fiction, since he's not an economist.

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