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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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How Mormon Polygamy In The 19th Century Fueled Women's Activism

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:41:00 -0500

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich says that for Mormon women living in 19th century Utah, "plural marriages" were empowering in complicated ways.

'The New Odyssey' Allows Migrants Stories To Humanize The Crisis

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:05:18 -0500

The Guardian's Migration Correspondent Patrick Kingsley's book The New Odyssey follows several migrants on their journeys from war-torn countries in the Middle East and Africa to Europe.

How To Tell A Story Through Emails

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:02:24 -0500

Hey Harry, Hey Matilda is a funny and sometimes icky story of twins. It's told through the twins' emails and unfolds around a lie. Author Rachel Hulin tells Lulu Garcia-Navarro about her new novel.

Veronica Roth's 'Carve The Mark' Is A Fantasy Inspired By Chronic Pain

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:45 -0500

The Divergent author's new series takes place in a world where everyone has a gift that reflects their personality. One character has what Roth describes as "a supernatural form of chronic pain."

The Author Of 'The Exorcist,' William Peter Blatty, Dies At 89

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:00 -0500

The author of the novel The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty, has died at the age of 89. Scott Simon spoke with him in 2011 about the novel — and he said he never meant for it to be so scary.

A Century-Old Poet Looks Back — And Fearlessly Forward — In 'Purgatory'

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:00 -0500

Henry Morgenthau III had a long and eventful life even before he started writing poetry in his 90s. Now, at age 100, he's promoting his first poetry collection, called A Sunday in Purgatory.

The Man Behind Lemony Snicket Talks About Writing For Kids And His Childhood Fears

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:21:00 -0500

Lemony Snicket, AKA Daniel Handler, wrote the children's book series, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Handler spoke to Terry Gross in 2001 and in 2012, when he brought his accordion to the studio.

In 'Nicotine,' A Longtime Smoker Confronts His Old Habit

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:29:00 -0500

Writer Gregor Hens doesn't smoke anymore, but he still thinks about it every day. He says he started writing his memoir as a way to deal with the longing.

Hall-Of-Fame Sportscaster Joe Buck Admits To Being A 'Lucky Bastard'

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:49:00 -0500

Buck's new memoir details his experiences in sports and life, including his addiction to hair-plug transplants. When it comes to announcing, he says, "I don't have a rooting interest for either side."

Immigration And Infertility Bring Two Mothers Together Over One 'Lucky Boy'

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:36:00 -0500

Shanthi Sekaran's new novel tells the story of a Mexican woman who has entered the U.S. without papers and an Indian-American chef struggling to have a baby.

What Is Driving The 'Unbanking Of America'?

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:39:00 -0500

Author Lisa Servon says a growing number of Americans are giving up on traditional banks and relying instead on alternatives, including prepaid debit cards, check-cashing centers and payday lenders.

Why It's Literally Not Wrong To Say 'Literally'

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500

Young people have always used language in new ways, and it has always driven older people crazy. But the linguist John McWhorter says all the LOLs are part of an inevitable evolution of language.

Father Argues Against Radicalism In 'Letters to a Young Muslim'

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:33:00 -0500

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to author Omar Saif Ghobash, who wrote the book, Letters to a Young Muslim.

What We Can Learn From 'Washington's Farewell'

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 18:00:00 -0500

The tradition of giving a goodbye address goes all the way back to the nation's first president. Author John Avlon says George Washington's farewell was remarkably prescient and prophetic.

From New Zealand To The Netherlands — What's In A Family?

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 08:35:28 -0500

What should a happy family look like? Writer Dan Kois is embarking on a year-long trip around the world with his family — to investigate how families in other cultures live.