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NPR interviews with top authors and the NPR Book Tour, a weekly feature and podcast where leading authors read and discuss their writing. Subscribe to the RSS feed.

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Samantha Hunt On Her Short Stories In 'The Dark Dark'

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:08:15 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon talks with acclaimed novelist Samantha Hunt about her first book of short stories, The Dark Dark, which explores the fantastical and the sorrowful in everyday life.

The Poet Bao Phi, On Creating A 'Guidebook' For Young Asian-Americans

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:00:00 -0400

When Bao Phi was a child, there was little literature about Vietnamese refugees in the U.S. Phi hopes to change that with his new poetry book Thousand Star Hotel and a forthcoming children's book.

Collaborator Says Sendak Would Be 'Jumping For Joy' Over New Publication

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:16:00 -0400

More than 20 years ago, Maurice Sendak and Arthur Yorinks collaborated on a book called Presto and Zesto in Limboland. But they were both busy with other projects, and never bothered to publish it.

Billy Bragg On Skiffle, The Movement That Brought Guitar To British Radio

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:13:00 -0400

The singer describes skiffle as "a bunch of British school boys in the mid '50s playing Lead Belly's repertoire ... on acoustic guitars." Bragg's new book is Roots, Radicals And Rockers.

London Literally Stank In The Summer Of 1858 — Just Ask Dickens And Darwin

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:52:00 -0400

In One Hot Summer, historian Rosemary Ashton follows Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin and Benjamin Disraeli through an unpleasant couple of months — as the River Thames flowed with hot, smelly sewage.

Inside The 'Shakespearean Irony' Of Trump And Bannon's Relationship

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:27:00 -0400

Author Joshua Green says that although Steve Bannon was instrumental to Donald Trump's election, it now appears that the president lacks the ability to implement Bannon's nationalist vision.

Can't Prog Rock Get Any Respect Around Here?

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 04:42:00 -0400

Critic Lester Bangs once declared progressive rock "musical sterility at its pinnacle." David Weigel, author of The Show That Never Ends: The Rise And Fall Of Prog Rock, begs to differ.

How Black Leaders Unwittingly Contributed To The Era Of Mass Incarceration

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:20:33 -0400

James Forman Jr., son of civil rights activists, says that African-American leaders seeking to combat drugs and crime often supported policies that disproportionately targeted the black community.

'American Fire' Tells A True Story Of Love And Arson In Rural Virginia

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 17:08:00 -0400

In 2012 and 2013, Accomack County, Va., was plagued by arson. The culprits, it turned out, were a local man and his girlfriend. In a new book, journalist Monica Hesse tells their story.

New Novel Explores 'What We Lose' When We Lose A Parent

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 06:35:00 -0400

When Zinzi Clemmons was taking care of her dying mother, she only had time to write brief vignettes — and those fragments became the core of her new novel about identity and loss, What We Lose.

'Dirt Is Good': Why Kids Need Exposure To Germs

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Should I use antibacterial soaps? How often should I bathe my child? Those are just some of the questions Jack Gilbert, a microbiome scientist, answers in his new book.

The Total Eclipse Of 1878

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 08:52:54 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon interviews science writer David Baron about his new book American Eclipse, the story of the total solar eclipse of 1878.

Lawrence Osborne Doesn't Care If You Like His Characters In 'Beautiful Animals'

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:59:35 -0400

"Likable characters are usually completely forgettable ... " he says. "We love villains ... because they show us these disturbing complexities." His sun-drenched summer novel is set on a Greek island.

'Schumer' Writer Jessi Klein On Barbies, Ageism And Pumping At The Emmys

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:13:31 -0400

Klein won an Emmy in 2015 for her work on Inside Amy Schumer. Her book, You'll Grow Out of It, is a collection of humorous personal essays. Originally broadcast July 12, 2016.

'I'm A Bit Of A Chameleon': A Writer Draws From Her Own Life In 'Refuge'

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Dina Nayeri left Iran with her mother when she was 8 years old. Her father stayed behind. The same is true of the protagonist in her new novel. "I don't feel like any place is home," Nayeri says.