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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.

Last Build Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:00:00 -0500

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Reinventing The Cheese Wheel: From Farmhouse To Factory And Back Again

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:00:00 -0500

A new book traces the transatlantic cheese wars that led to the rise of factory cheeses and loss of traditional varietals, and looks at the farmhouse cheesemakers working to restore that lost legacy.

Remembering What Makes The Holidays Special

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Newbery Medal-winning author Kwame Alexander joins NPR's Rachel Martin to discuss poetry about the holidays, and to ask listeners for their help writing a poem about the season.

A Look At The Man Who Started 21st Century Fox

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:45:00 -0500

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Vanda Krefft, author of The Man Who Made the Movies: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox about the origins of the studio, 21st Century Fox, that was sold today. Born in Hungary, Wilhelm Fuchs came to the U.S. where officials changed the family name to Fox. As a teenager, Fox was inspired to buy a peepshow theatre and got into the movie business.

Tiffany Haddish: 'I Know What I'm Supposed To Do Here On This Earth'

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:07:00 -0500

The Girl's Trip actress has had what seems like a meteoric rise over the last year: a blockbuster movie, a gig hosting Saturday Night Live, and now a new memoir, The Last Black Unicorn.

As Marriage Standards Change, A Therapist Recommends 'Rethinking Infidelity'

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:23:09 -0500

Esther Perel has spent the past six years focusing on couples who are dealing with infidelity. "It's never been easier to cheat — and it's never been more difficult to keep a secret," she says.

Examining The Role Self Awareness Plays In Sexual Harassment

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:32:07 -0500

Many people accused of sexual harassment say they weren't aware that their behavior was inappropriate. NPR's Michel Martin talks with Tasha Eurich, author of the book Insight, about self-awareness.

In A New Novel, The 'Lost Prayers' Of A Gay Teen Bullied To Death

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:56:26 -0500

James Han Mattson's debut book, inspired by the real-life suicide of an outed young man, treats the Internet as both lifeline and paper trail of a tormented, small-town adolescence.

A Father's Cruel Mission To Create 'The Only Girl In The World'

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:56:26 -0500

Maude Julien's new memoir chronicles her extraordinary — and awful — childhood with fanatical parents determined to turn her into the ultimate survivor through deprivation, violence and endless tests.

Exploring Politics And Religion In 'Three Daughters Of Eve'

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:11:00 -0500

Turkish writer Elif Shafak juggles politics, faith and feminism in her new novel set in Turkey and England. Steve Inskeep speaks with her about her book Three Daughters of Eve.

'Cartoon County' Looks Back At The Golden Age Of Sunday Comics

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:41:34 -0500

Vanity Fair editor-at-large Cullen Murphy grew up the son of a cartoonist. His father, John Cullen Murphy, drew the popular Prince Valiant strip, which Murphy eventually wrote for 14 years.

'Nuclear War Planner' Reflects On The Cold War And Assesses The Current Threat

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:46:43 -0500

In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press in hopes they would help end the Vietnam War. He looks back on his early days as a national security analyst in The Doomsday Machine.

In 'Hiddensee,' Gregory Maguire Gets Under The Shell Of 'The Nutcracker'

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 08:08:00 -0500

Author Gregory Maguire made his name rewriting fairy tales. Now, he's taken on The Nutcracker — a beloved holiday classic, yes, but one that Maguire says makes no sense as it's usually performed.

Debut Author Channeled Her 'Darker Bits' Into A Man Booker Shortlist Novel

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 07:43:55 -0500

Fiona Mozley's book Elmet explores masculinity in both male and female characters. "When we sort of see a woman possessing unexpected or fantastical physical strength it's questioned more," she says.

Chris Matthews On The 'Raging Spirit' Of Bobby Kennedy

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 07:43:00 -0500

NPR's Scott Simon talks with veteran political commentator and MSNBC host Chris Matthews about his new book, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit.

LGBTQ Activist Cleve Jones: 'I'm Well Aware How Fragile Life Is'

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:23:19 -0500

Jones lost countless friends to the AIDS epidemic. He became an activist after Harvey Milk's assassination: "Meeting Harvey, seeing his death, it fixed my course." Originally broadcast Nov. 29, 2016.