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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.

Last Build Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:13:00 -0400

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Updating Frankenstein For The Age of Black Lives Matter

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:13:00 -0400

The classic tale of the Monster resurrected from the dead gets a new treatment in Victor LaValle's new limited-series comic.

ExxonMobil Uses Carbon Tax Strategy To Its Advantage, Author Says

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:06:00 -0400

ExxonMobil and several other oil companies are backing a Republican-led plan for a carbon tax. Steve Inskeep talks to Steve Coll, author of the book Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power.

In The Event Of Attack, Here's How The Government Plans 'To Save Itself'

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:39:00 -0400

In Raven Rock, Garrett Graff describes the bunkers designed to protect U.S. leaders in the event of a catastrophe. One Cold War-era plan put the post office in charge of cataloging the dead.

Eddie Izzard: Coming Out Gave Me The Confidence For Everything Else

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:40:00 -0400

Fair warning: There are no actual jazz chickens in Eddie Izzard's new Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens. But it does provide insight into what makes the acclaimed comedian tick.

Sherman Alexie Says He's Been 'Indian Du Jour' For A 'Very Long Day'

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:45:00 -0400

Alexie is excited for a new generation of Native American writers to come on the scene, "so I don't have to answer all the questions," he says. His new memoir is You Don't Have to Say You Love Me.

Sherman Alexie's New Book Is An Emotional Memoir About His Mother

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:05:00 -0400

Sherman Alexie has often turned to his childhood on the Spokane Indian Reservation for inspiration. Now, he looks at the life of his mother in a memoir called You Don't Have to Say You Love Me.

Be Bigger, Fight Harder: Roxane Gay On A Lifetime Of 'Hunger'

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:15:00 -0400

Gay has finally written the book that she "wanted to write the least." The moment she realized she "never want to write about fatness" was the same moment she knew this was a memoir she had to write.

Actor Ben Falcone And His Dad On The Funny Side Of Fatherhood

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 17:01:51 -0400

Ben learned a lot about fatherhood from his own dad, Steve Falcone. In honor of Father's Day, they spoke to NPR about their most memorable father-son moments. Ben's new book is Being a Dad is Weird.

'Sit, Walk, Don't Talk': An Author Finds Comfort At A Silent Meditation Retreat

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 04:53:00 -0400

When faced with a problem, not everyone wishes to talk about it. Jennifer Howd writes about this issue in her memoir Sit, Walk, Don't Talk, which chronicles her healing at a silent meditation retreat.

In 'Memory's Last Breath' An Academic Confronts Dementia

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 08:15:00 -0400

Gerda Saunders was a university professor when she learned she had early-onset dementia. Now, she's struggling to define herself anew as her defining characteristic — her intellect — begins to fail.

What Churchill And Orwell Had In Common: Both Could Say, 'My Side Is Wrong'

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:05:00 -0400

In his new book, journalist Tom Ricks explains how the conservative British politician and the leftist author of 1984 challenged their respective political parties.

'Supersizing Urban America': How U.S. Policies Encouraged Fast Food To Spread

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:00:28 -0400

A new book examines how federal government policies made it easier for minorities to open fast-food franchises than grocery stores. Today the landscape of urban America reflects this history.

Confronting The Possibility Of Monsters In 'The Essex Serpent'

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:35:00 -0400

The clash between science and religious belief lies at the heart of Sarah Perry's new novel, set in a marshy, windswept English town menaced by a serpentine monster that may or may not truly exist.

Tracy K. Smith Named U.S. Poet Laureate

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 05:11:00 -0400

The Library of Congress has named Tracy K. Smith as the the country's new poet laureate. She's the author of three collections of poetry and won the Pulitzer Prize in 2012.

Tracy K. Smith, New U.S. Poet Laureate, Calls Poems Her 'Anchor'

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet says she plans to use her new role to meet people who don't read poetry ... yet, anyway. She believes poetry can be a resource for people in fraught or isolating times.