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What The Real Witches Of America Eat

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:00:04 -0400

Nope. 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.

I Shall Faint: 'Unmentionable' Unpacks Victorian Womanhood

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:00:04 -0400

Therese 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.

Wayne Gretzky On Hockey History, Dreaming Big And Canadian Pride

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:37:00 -0400

The 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.

Novelist Paul Beatty Is First American To Win Britain's Man Booker Prize

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:10:00 -0400

Beatty 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.

Book Review: 'Garden Time,' W.S. Merwin

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:23:11 -0400

Our poetry reviewer, Tess Taylor, praises the most recent collection by W.S. Merwin called, Garden Time.

Fact, Fiction, History And Heart Converge In 'The Terranauts'

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:00:03 -0400

T.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.

At Daughter's Insistence, Bourdain Includes Ratatouille Recipe In 'Appetites'

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:05:00 -0400

For 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.

Christopher Marlowe Credited As Shakespeare's Co-Author On Henry VI Plays

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:28:00 -0400

True 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.

Remembering Steve Dillon, Co-Creator Of 'Preacher'

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:23:00 -0400

Comic 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.

Christopher Marlowe Officially Credited As Co-Author Of 3 Shakespeare Plays

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:57:00 -0400

Oxford 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.

Charlotte Holmes Is On The Case In 'A Study In Scarlet Women'

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 07:00:00 -0400

Sherry 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.

From Pamplona, With Love: 'The Sun Also' Turns 90

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0400

Ernest 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.

Anne Carson's Poetry Collection 'Float' In Unconventional Medium To Suit The Message

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:10:00 -0400

Anne 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.

'Thrill Me' Gets Personal About Life And Writing

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:00:02 -0400

Writer 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.

In 'IQ,' A Sherlock For South Central

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:00:01 -0400

Joe 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.