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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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In 'Vacationland,' John Hodgman Tells The Funny Story Of His Life

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:26:13 -0400

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with John Hodgman about his new book Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches. This time Hodgman isn't writing about nonsensical histories, but his life.

'I Can't Breathe' Examines Modern Policing And The Life And Death Of Eric Garner

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:27:59 -0400

"The reality is that Eric Garner died at the hands of a police force and a criminal justice system that were designed entirely by white people, for the most part," says journalist Matt Taibbi.

Khizr Khan Says His Faith In America Is Stronger Than Ever

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 04:53:00 -0400

The Gold Star father who made headlines last year after he spoke at the Democratic National Convention has a new memoir, An American Family, about growing up in Pakistan and coming to America.

Dan Brown Pits Creationism Against Science In His Latest Novel, 'Origin'

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 18:29:00 -0400

Brown has long considered questions about science and faith, leavened with plenty of adventure, of course. In his new novel, he asks whether faith in God (or gods) can survive the advance of science.

Author Recognizes Ordinary Africans Fighting Extremism

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 07:37:58 -0400

NPR's Melissa Block talks to Alexis Okeowo author of A Moonless, Starless Sky. Among the stories, a Somali girl defies al-Shabab and plays basketball, and a Mauritanian man campaigns against slavery.

'Hotel Scarface': The Hotel At The Center Of Miami's Cocaine Boom

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 07:37:57 -0400

NPR's Melissa Block talks to journalist Roben Farzad about his new book, Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami. It was a hub for Miami's exploding cocaine trade.

Kirkus Changes Review After 'American Heart' Draws Outrage As 'White Savior Narrative'

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 08:12:50 -0400

Young adult novel American Heart has been at the center of a storm on Twitter and the recommendation engine Goodreads. Kirkus Reviews had originally given the book a star, but after a controversy, removed it.

Philip Pullman Returns To The Dark Materials Universe In A New Prequel — Er, 'Equel'

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 08:12:50 -0400

The fantasy world of the author's His Dark Materials series is back in The Book Of Dust: La Belle Sauvage. It's the first entry in a new trilogy.

Anthony Bourdain On 'Appetites,' Washing Dishes And The Food He Still Won't Eat

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:21:00 -0400

The TV host's new documentary is Wasted! The Story of Food Waste. In 2016, Bourdain spoke to Fresh Air about cooking for his young daughter: "If she's not happy, I'm not happy."

'I'm Just Trying To Make Myself Laugh': 'New Yorker' Artist Shares His Cover Stories

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0400

Barry Blitt's new book features some of the cartoonist's most memorable and merciless work, including his 2008 drawing of Barack and Michelle Obama fist-bumping in the Oval Office.

Gabrielle Union Gets Real In 'We're Going To Need More Wine'

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:58:00 -0400

Union has graced screens big and small since the '90s. Now she's written a frank, funny essay collection that's not just a celebrity tell-all (though she does dish on Heath Ledger's dreaminess).

New Book Argues A Theory In Policing Is To Blame For Eric Garner's Death

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:16:00 -0400

Eric Garner was killed by the police in New York City in 2014. His final words were, "I can't breathe." A book by journalist Matt Taibbi argues that "Broken Windows" is to blame for Garner's death.

For Novelist John Green, OCD Is Like An 'Invasive Weed' Inside His Mind

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:34:00 -0400

"It starts out with one little thought, and then slowly that becomes the only thought that you're able to have," Green says. His new novel, Turtles All The Way Down, is about a teenage girl with OCD.

Tom Hanks Considers The Cosmos, Nora Ephron, And A Man Dressed As A Shrimp

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:01:00 -0400

Tom Hanks has written a short story collection called Uncommon Type. Here, he talks about stories, characters, the film goddess Pelicula, and what happened to the suit he wore as David S. Pumpkins.

Night + Market Chef's New Cookbook Combines Thai Food And Fun

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:04:00 -0400

David Greene talks to chef Kris Yenbamroong about his new cookbook. It's titled: Night Market: Delicious Thai Food to Facilitate Drinking and Fun-Having Amongst Friends.