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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 A Famous Fraud Brought A Kind Of Hope In 'I Was Anastasia'

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 07:27:36 -0400

Ariel Lawhon's new novel is a biography of both Russia's Grand Duchess Anastasia and Anna Anderson, the woman who claimed to be Anastasia after the royal family was executed during the Revolution.

On The Rocky Road To Adulthood, Illustrator Asks 'Am I There Yet?'

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 07:27:36 -0400

Mari Andrew's collection of short essays and cartoons chronicle what life has shown her. "I think when I decided to be a writer, I kind of signed up for a life of interesting experiences," she says.

In 'All The Names They Used For God,' The Magical Meets The Harrowing

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:36:00 -0400

Author Anjali Sachdeva spins captivating short stories around kernels of the otherworldly. She says it can be a way to overcome the impulse to look away from that which is unsettling or traumatic.

Author Traces Christianity's Path From 'Forbidden Religion' To A 'Triumph'

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:04:19 -0400

Religion scholar Bart Ehrman says that the early spread of Christianity transformed the entire history of the West — for better or worse. His new book is The Triumph Of Christianity.

Jennifer Palmieri: Hillary Ran With 'Half Her Humanity Tied Behind Her Back'

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:37:00 -0400

Palmieri is out with a new book, Dear Madam President, and it's both a retrospective on the 2016 election and a compendium of advice for the first woman to make it to the Oval Office.

Attacked By Alt-Right Trolls, A Jewish Journalist Links Trump To The Rise Of Hate

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:47:57 -0400

Trump "has made nationalist policy into the policy of the executive branch," says New York Times editor Jonathan Weisman. His new book, (((Semitism))), is about being Jewish in the Trump era.

Puerto Rican Cooking And The American South Mix In 'Coconuts And Collards'

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 05:00:00 -0400

Author Von Diaz's cookbook Coconuts and Collards offers a vegetable-forward take on foods she learned to cook from her Puerto Rican grandmother and on the fly in her family's kitchen near Atlanta.

In Daniel Mallory Ortberg's Version, The Little Mermaid Inhales Souls

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:13:00 -0400

His new book The Merry Spinster infuses old stories with psychological horror, tackling issues of gender and property. "The blood was already there," he says. "I was just moving the blood around."

From 'F-Bomb' To 'Photobomb,' How The Dictionary Keeps Up With English

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:53:51 -0400

New words that enter the dictionary must meet three criteria, says Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper: widespread use, sustained use and meaningful use. Originally broadcast April 19, 2017.

From The 'Fresh Air' Archives: Eddie Bunker, Who Honed His Writing Craft In Prison

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:05:00 -0400

Bunker, who died in 2005, spent 18 years in prison before becoming a successful writer. He co-wrote the screenplay for the 1985 film Runaway Train, which helped launch the career of actor Danny Trejo.

Author Alan Hollinghurst On Secret Affairs, Narrative Gaps And Writing Gay Sex

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:25:00 -0400

The Man Booker Prize-winning author's new novel, The Sparsholt Affair, follows a father and son over decades of social change and sexual liberation.

'Russian Roulette' Authors Seek To Connect The Dots Between Trump And Putin

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:00:00 -0400

Journalists Michael Isikoff and David Corn have been at the forefront of the investigation of the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. Their new book attempts to put all the pieces of the story together.

Blacklisted From Syria, A Journalist Says: 'I Couldn't Imagine Staying Away'

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:21:00 -0400

Rania Abouzeid has been covering Syria since 2011 — despite the fact that she's been called a spy, placed on wanted lists by Syrian intelligence and banned from entering the country.

In Junot Diaz's 'Islandborn,' A Curious Child Re-Creates Her Dominican Roots

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 05:00:00 -0400

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author's new children's book follows Lola, a young Dominican-American who is "haunted by the fact that she was born on an island that she can't remember," Díaz says.

'The Woman's Hour' Documents Pivotal Leaders In The Fight For Suffrage

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 17:46:00 -0400

NPR's Michel Martin talks to Elaine Weiss about her new book, The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, which looks at a decisive moment in the women's suffrage movement.