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Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:00:04 -0400Nope. It's not eye of Newt and toe of frog. But food – and its connection to dead loved ones – does play a starring role in the major Pagan holiday Samhain, which coincides with Halloween.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:00:04 -0400Therese Oneill's new Unmentionable is a snarkily informal history of the difficulty of being a woman in the Victorian Era, hemmed in from head to toe with countless rules about dress and manners.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:37:00 -0400The ice hockey legend marks the 99th anniversary of the NHL with his new book 99: Stories of the Game. Never mind the sport's tough guy reputation; "the game of hockey is an art," Gretzky says.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:10:00 -0400Beatty won for The Sellout, a satire hailed as hilarious about the fraught subject of race in the U.S. The competition was opened recently to any author writing in English and published in the U.K.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:23:11 -0400Our poetry reviewer, Tess Taylor, praises the most recent collection by W.S. Merwin called, Garden Time.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:00:03 -0400T.C. Boyle's new novel is ripped from the headlines ... of 1993. It follows the misadventures of a group of scientists conducting experiments in a hermetically sealed, Biosphere 2-like environment.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:05:00 -0400For years, Anthony Bourdain was identified as a "bad boy" of the culinary world. The chef and TV host's new cookbook reflects his life as a dad. Renee Montagne talks to him about his book Appetites.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:28:00 -0400True authorship of Shakespeare has been debated for centuries. Now, the New Oxford Shakespeare edition will list Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe as co-author on the three Henry VI plays, part one, two and three. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Florida State University professor Gary Taylor, one of the general editors of the new volume.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:23:00 -0400Comic artist Steve Dillon died this weekend in New York City at the age of 54. He was responsible for some of the most iconic comics of the 1990s, including Hellblazer and Preacher.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:57:00 -0400Oxford University Press will list both William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe as co-authors of the three Henry VI plays in its newest complete edition of Shakespeare's work.
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 07:00:00 -0400Sherry Thomas' new novel presents a gender-flipped Sherlock Holmes tale, with a heroine who must battle not only the bad guys but also the Victorian era's unfair restrictions on women's lives.
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0400Ernest Hemingway's masterful first novel came out 90 years ago today; the story of aimless American expatriates drinking, fighting and falling in and out of love is regarded as one of his best works.
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:10:00 -0400Anne Carson's book of poems come in a clear plastic box where they 'float,' which is also the title of her new collection. NPR's Scott Simon talks with the poet about her work.
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:00:02 -0400Writer Benjamin Percy has been on both sides of the divide between literary and genre fiction, and Thrill Me is both a meditation on the writing life and a passionate argument against that divide.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:00:01 -0400Joe Ide's debut novel follows Isaiah Quintabe, known as IQ around his Los Angeles neighborhood. IQ solves the crimes police won't touch — even when his clients can only pay him in chickens or tires.