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Remembering Author Denis Johnson

Sat, 27 May 2017 07:59:26 -0400

Author Denis Johnson has died at the age of 67. He was best known for the short story collection Jesus' Son.

'Chemistry: A Novel' Is About A Scientist Whose Plans Gets Reconstituted

Sat, 27 May 2017 07:59:26 -0400

Scott Simon speaks with author Weike Wang about her new book Chemistry: A Novel.

In 'Shtum,' A Portrait Of Autism Drawn From Real Life

Sat, 27 May 2017 07:59:26 -0400

Jem Lester's debut novel follows three generations of men who can't communicate — a grandfather, a father and a profoundly autistic little boy. Lester says he modeled the boy on his own son.

Love, Money And Betrayal Make For Great Storytelling In 'The Heirs'

Sat, 27 May 2017 07:00:03 -0400

Susan Rieger's new book follows an upper-crust, Upper West Side family whose certainties are thrown into doubt after their father dies and an unknown Other Woman sues his estate for child support.

Denis Johnson, Author Who Wrote 'Jesus' Son,' Dies At 67

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:32:24 -0400

Denis Johnson was best known for his 1992 short story collection Jesus' Son. He won the 2007 National Book Award for the novel, Tree of Smoke. Johnson died Thursday at age 67.

'Praise The Lard': A Barbecue Legend Shows Us How To Master Smoked Chicken Wings

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:15:00 -0400

Mike Mills' chicken wings have been named the best in the country. He is even in the Barbecue Hall of Fame. His new book with daughter Amy Mills shares the gospel of barbecue with home cooks.

Remembering 'Jesus' Son,' From Denis Johnson

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:53:00 -0400

On the occasion of the death of writer Denis Johnson, we share a 2007 reflection on Johnson's book Jesus' Son, from novelist Nathan Englander.

'The End Of Eddy' Tells Of Growing Up Poor And Gay In Working-Class France

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:32:00 -0400

Édouard Louis' autobiographical novel is the story of a young man coming of age in a downtrodden French village. Critic John Powers calls it a "bulletin from the enraged heart of Le Pen country."

Denis Johnson, Author Who Wrote Of The 'Painfully Beautiful,' Dies At 67

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:56:00 -0400

The National Book Award-winning novelist was perhaps best known for Jesus' Son, a book of interwoven stories focused on the lives of addicts. A spokesman for his publisher tells NPR he died Wednesday.

Confronting the Legacy of Racism in America

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:06:30 -0400

A conversation with National Book Award-winning author Ibram X. Kendi about race and racism in America.

Reading The Game: Witcher 3

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:00:00 -0400

Our occasional series on storytelling in video games returns with an epic, week-long journey into The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the latest installment of the adventures of monster-hunter Geralt of Rivia.

A Dancer Is Unstrung By Grief In 'Isadora'

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:00:02 -0400

The great American dancer Isadora Duncan led a tragic life, and her worst year — just after the deaths of her first two children in an accident, forms the core of Amelia Gray's powerful new novel.

Searching For A Summer Escape? These 6 Books Will Carry You Away

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:55:46 -0400

Journeys, near and far, into the past and even into near space, are the subject of the novels, memoirs and narrative histories that make up book critic Maureen Corrigan's early summer reading list.

It's A Bird, It's A Plane ... It's Our Comics And Graphic Novels Reader Poll!

Wed, 24 May 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Our famous summer reader poll is back, and this year we're all about comics and graphic novels! Whether it's your childhood favorite or the webcomic you binged last week, we want to know about it.

The Power Of Music Is At The Heart Of 'Black Mad Wheel'

Wed, 24 May 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Detroit garage-rocker Josh Malerman's second novel follows a fictional 1950s rock bad recruited by the government to find the source of a mysterious, ominous sound emanating from the Namib Desert.