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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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Churchill, Orwell And The Fight Against Totalitarianism

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:29:00 -0400

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Tom Ricks says the writings of Winston Churchill and George Orwell still resonate today. Ricks also discusses the generals serving in the Trump administration.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Writes About His Friendship With Coach Wooden

Sun, 21 May 2017 07:13:34 -0400

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to writer and sports legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar about his book, Coach Wooden and Me, about his 50-year relationship with his UCLA basketball coach John Wooden.

In 'Margot Sanchez,' A Teen Grows Up And Learns To Love The Bronx

Sun, 21 May 2017 07:11:00 -0400

Instead of going to the beach with her prep school friends, Margot is stuck working at her father's supermarket in the Bronx. Lilliam Rivera says her YA novel was inspired by her own Bronx childhood.

'Standard Deviation' Is A Story Of Marriage And Origami

Sat, 20 May 2017 08:02:18 -0400

A husband and wife are complete opposites. She's charming and effusive, he's a buttoned-down man of routine. Katherine Heiny tells NPR's Scott Simon about her first novel, Standard Deviation.

Leaving High School Behind For A Dangerous Life In 'A Good Country'

Sat, 20 May 2017 08:02:00 -0400

Laleh Khadivi's new novel traces the path of a young Muslim man in California, the son of strict Iranian immigrant parents, from his first bong hit at age 14 to his eventual radicalization.

Baseball Player David Ortiz On Being 'Big Papi'

Fri, 19 May 2017 05:10:00 -0400

David Greene talks with legendary baseball player David Ortiz. His career includes three World Series wins with the Boston Red Sox. Ortiz retired in 2016 and is out with a new memoir.

'The Color Of Law' Details How U.S. Housing Policies Created Segregation

Wed, 17 May 2017 16:32:00 -0400

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with author Richard Rothstein about his new book, The Color of Law, which details how federal housing policies in the 1940s and '50s mandated segregation and undermined the ability of black families to own homes and build wealth.

After 6 Prison Terms, A Former Inmate Helps Other Women Rebuild Their Lives

Tue, 16 May 2017 13:11:00 -0400

For Susan Burton, getting on track after being released from prison was a daunting experience. Now she's determined to help other women follow in her footsteps. Her new memoir is Becoming Ms. Burton.

Grocery Stores: 'The Best Of America And The Worst Of America'

Mon, 15 May 2017 14:25:00 -0400

In his new book, Michael Ruhlman explores how and why Americans have changed from corner-store customers to insatiable consumers of every edible product at our fingertips.

'The Captain Class' Defines The Greatest Sports Teams Ever Based On One Character

Sun, 14 May 2017 17:56:13 -0400

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with author Sam Walker about his book The Captain Class, which takes a look at the common qualities of elite athlete team leaders, and how they create winning teams.

Gladstone's Book Answers The Question: What Ails Our Democracy?

Sun, 14 May 2017 07:52:02 -0400

NPR's Lulu Garcia Navarro talks to Brooke Gladstone, co-host of On The Media, about her new book, The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time.

Otis Redding's 'Unfinished Life' Still Resonates

Sat, 13 May 2017 08:04:46 -0400

Nearly 50 years after his untimely death, Redding's influence as a spirit of soul music remains. Jonathan Gould, author of a new biography of the singer, explains why.

'Are You Anybody?' Jeffrey Tambor Chronicles A Lifetime In Acting

Sat, 13 May 2017 08:04:00 -0400

Tambor now stars as Maura, a divorced, transgender parent of three in the Amazon series Transparent. He says the opportunity — and the responsibility — of the role have been life changing.

Harold Evans Makes Himself Clear: No More Passive Voice

Sat, 13 May 2017 07:05:00 -0400

Celebrated newspaper editor Harold Evans sees a lot of linguistic fog around us: murky words and too much passive voice. His new book, Do I Make Myself Clear? is a passionate call for better writing.

The Power Of Genes, And The Line Between Biology And Destiny

Fri, 12 May 2017 14:26:45 -0400

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee says genetics play a significant role in identity, temperament, sexual orientation and disease risk — but that environment also matters. Originally broadcast May 15, 2016.