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The Zoo Is A Terrifying Place In 'Fierce Kingdom'

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:00:24 -0400

Gin Phillips' new novel — which follows a young mother trying to keep her child safe during a mass shooting at a zoo — explores the way violence can be a safe abstraction for kids, or cruelly real.



Whatever The Character, June Foray's Voice Was Warmly Familiar

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:00:24 -0400

Foray voiced a wide variety of animated characters, and she brought the same genial humor and warmth to them all — except one.



3 Supernatural Noir Tales That Reflect The Inhuman Condition

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:00:24 -0400

Some great noir fiction has been written about Los Angeles, but what happens when a different genre bleeds through? We've got three tales of murder, magic and robot detectives to cool your summer.



Getting Kids Interested In Poetry

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:05:00 -0400

Poet and educator Kwame Alexander stops by to chat about poetry with NPR's Rachel Martin. He shares some ideas for poems to read with kids and tips for getting kids to write some of their own.



Looking Back At The Most Powerful Earthquake Ever To Strike North America

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:45:09 -0400

Science writer Henry Fountain says the deadly quake that shook Alaska in 1964 was so loud some thought it was the beginning of World War III. His new book is The Great Quake.



New Chester Himes Biography Reveals A Life As Wild As Any Detective Story

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:45:09 -0400

Lawrence P. Jackson's biography tracks the writer's course from prison to published novelist. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Himes' life story is well worth reading.



Looking To Libraries

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:20:35 -0400

Rumors of the death of libraries have been greatly exaggerated.



'Strange Practice:' The Doctor Is In

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:00:00 -0400

In Strange Practice, Vivian Shaw kicks off a new series about Dr. Greta Helsing, descendant of the famous Professor Abraham Van Helsing and general practitioner to the ghouls and ghasts of London.



The Enduring Legacy Of Jane Austen's 'Truth Universally Acknowledged'

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:09:00 -0400

Linguist Geoff Nunberg describes the opening sentence to Pride and Prejudice as a "masterpiece of indirection" that is frequently repurposed, but whose irony is never matched.



'The World Broke In Two': Four Writers, One Transformational Year

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:00:00 -0400

Using excerpts from letters and diaries, historian and critic Bill Goldstein follows writers Virginia Woolf, E. M. Forster, D. H. Lawrence and T. S. Eliot through the tumultuous literary year of 1922.



Wesley Snipes' Debut Novel Explores Damnation And Salvation

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:18:30 -0400

The acclaimed actor's new book is fantasy fiction with heavy religious themes.



'Game Of Thrones' Season 7, Episode 2: 'You're A Dragon. Be A Dragon'

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 03:30:00 -0400

In "Stormborn," lots of long-hoarded information was finally shared, and in a massive sea battle, buckles got gruesomely swashed.



A Veteran TV News Anchor Pens A Prescient Novel In 'Amanda Wakes Up'

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:05:31 -0400

Alisyn Camerota's book is about a political newcomer fresh from Hollywood facing off against a female senator. But 2016 similarities aside, the CNN anchor says she wrote it long before the election.



'Caesar's Last Breath' Is A Breezy History Of Our Atmosphere

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Sam Kean's funny, conversational new book reminds us not to take the air we breathe for granted — our atmosphere can tell stories about everything from dinosaurs and Julius Caesar to space flight.



Samantha Hunt On Her Short Stories In 'The Dark Dark'

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:08:15 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon talks with acclaimed novelist Samantha Hunt about her first book of short stories, The Dark Dark, which explores the fantastical and the sorrowful in everyday life.