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Michael Bond, Creator Of Paddington Bear Books, Dies At 91

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:15:00 -0400

Michael Bond, creator of the beloved Paddington Bear books, died Tuesday at 91. The classic children's book character is a scruffy little bear prone to accidents, but he means well.

Michael Bond, The 'Giant' Behind Paddington Bear, Dies At 91

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:16:00 -0400

"Mr. and Mrs. Brown first met Paddington on a railway platform" — and readers first met Paddington with those words in 1958. Bond, who died Tuesday, turned that bear into an unforgettable friend.

John Grisham's New Novel "Camino Island"

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:38:35 -0400

In Grisham’s latest novel, his 30th, he departs from his usual legal thriller genre to write about a struggling young author who moves to a sleepy resort town in Florida. It’s the story of a rare books dealer, a daring literary crime and a young, female writer who tries to catch a thief.

Cultural Appropriation Is, In Fact, Indefensible

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0400

Recently, the New York Times published an essay defending cultural appropriation as necessary engagement. But that's a simplistic, misguided way of looking at appropriation, which causes real harm.

Multiple Narratives Mean Non-Stop Action In 'The Child'

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:00:29 -0400

Fiona Barton's latest — a followup to last year's hit The Widow — picks up with journalist Kate Waters as she digs into another cold case, this one an infant skeleton found at a building site.

Former Tennis Player James Blake On Athletes And Activism

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 05:04:00 -0400

Retired tennis player James Blake has written a book about athletes who take on social causes after he was tackled by a police officer. He talks with Rachel Martin about his book Ways of Grace.

'The Strange Death Of Europe' Warns Against Impacts Of Immigration

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:41:00 -0400

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Douglas Murray about his new book, The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam. He argues that European civilization is dying as a result of immigration.

'What Would You Do?' Author Wants To Stop Sensationalizing The Donner Party

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:33:00 -0400

In The Best Land Under Heaven, Michael Wallis chronicles the saga of a band of pioneers who resorted to cannibalism after getting stranded en route West. He says "there's so much more" to the story.

Beyond The Valley Of The CEOs — Bringing Big Tech To Small Towns

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:06:30 -0400

Venture capital is concentrated on the coasts — how can investors be encouraged to spread the wealth?

In 'Amatka,' A Warped And Chilling Portrait Of Post-Truth Reality

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:00:24 -0400

Karin Tidbeck's new novel is set in the mysterious city of Amatka, an agricultural colony ruled by a totalitarian government — but this is no standard dystopia. In Amatka, language has strange power.

On Harry Potter's 20th Anniversary, Listen To His NPR Debut

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:28:00 -0400

The first Harry Potter book came out 20 years ago today. One year later, in 1998, was the first time we mentioned the book, on All Things Considered. Here's Margot Adler's piece in its entirety.

A New Delhi Family Learns To Navigate Wealth After A 'Windfall'

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 08:06:18 -0400

Diksha Basu's new novel was inspired by the explosion of wealth she saw in 1990s India. She says money is a complex thing, and it takes a while for her characters to see that.

The Call-In: Your Questions About Making Relationships Last

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 08:06:00 -0400

It's wedding season! For this week's Call-In, Mandy Len Catron, author of the new book How to Fall in Love with Anyone, answers your questions about love and relationships.

An Ancient Curse Awakens In 'The Suffering Tree'

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 07:00:24 -0400

A family curse, a resurrection and a vengeful witch are at the center of Elle Cosimano's Southern Gothic chiller The Suffering Tree. But the book elides its setting's history of racial violence.

'But Seriously,' Tennis Great John McEnroe Says He's Seeking 'Inner Peace'

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 06:16:00 -0400

Known for his on-court outbursts, McEnroe famously yelled, "You cannot be serious!" at one official. Now, decades later, he says it's a "miracle" if he goes a full day without hearing that line.