This week on The Reading Life: Debra Shriver, author of In the Spirit of New Orleans, Bella Blue, who is part of the troop of Naked Girls Reading Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and poet Dave Brinks, whose new collection is The Secret Brain.
This was a good year for cross-genre pollination. It was packed with brilliant books that stretched the boundaries of what counts as science fiction and fantasy — and even what counts as fiction itself. Authors like Ken MacLeod and G. Willow Wilson spun tales that begin as near-future dystopian science fiction, only to turn abruptly into fantastical tales of supernatural creatures. Call it magical cyberpunk realism.
Traveling to 79 cities in 99 days is no task for an idiot. But luckily, writer Davy Rothbart isn't one. You might think otherwise based the title on his new book, My Heart is an Idiot, but Rothbart's disarmingly intimate personality has allowed him to connect with people across the country for over a decade. On Friday night he'll be performing at the AllWays Lounge in New Orleans.
Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new book from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author David Cay Johnston — The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind.
Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the critically-acclaimed new book from New York Times bestselling author Tanner Colby — Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America.