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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.

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'Unforgivable Love' Resets Steamy 'Dangerous Liaisons' In 1940s Harlem

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 08:02:53 -0400

The retelling of the 1782 French novel has just as much betrayal and bed-hopping as the original, but in a new locale. Author Sophfronia Scott explains why Harlem — and how she writes good sex scenes.

A Suicide Reverberates In 'The Ninth Hour'

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:11:26 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Alice McDermott about her new novel, The Ninth Hour. It starts with a suicide and then reveals how the kindness of faithful strangers can steer people's lives.

Poetry For Kids Who Are 'Just No Good At Rhyming'

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:11:26 -0400

Poetry has to rhyme, doesn't it? Chris Harris talks with Scott Simon about his new book for kids called I'm Just No good at Rhyming.

'Cuz' Examines The Tragic Life And Death Of A Young Black Man In LA

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:52:25 -0400

Danielle Allen's memoir centers on her cousin Michael, who was sentenced to a long prison term for carjacking when he was 15. Three years after his release, he was found shot to death in a parked car.

'The Autobiography Of Gucci Mane': A Story Of Rap And Rebirth

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:49:00 -0400

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to rapper about his new book, The Autobiography of Gucci Mane. It traces his life as an artist who forged an unlikely path to stardom and personal rebirth.

Could The Trump Presidency Lead To An Era Of Democratic Renewal?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:55:47 -0400

Journalists E.J. Dionne and Norm Ornstein say that a new wave of political activism springs from the fact that Trump is unfit for office. Their new book (with Thomas Mann) is One Nation After Trump.

Silicon Valley's Ellen Pao Tackles Sex Discrimination, Workplace Diversity In Memoir

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:21:00 -0400

The tech investor dives into the lawsuit that thrust her into the national spotlight and the workplace conditions that prompted it. She says firms are largely applying "tepid diversity solutions."

'School For Good And Evil' Is A Kids' Fantasy Series For The Fake News Era

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:45:00 -0400

"Good and evil — they mix in the world," says author Soman Chainani. "Both sides claim to be good, both sides claim to be telling the truth." His latest in the series is called Quests for Glory.

Clinton Won't Rule Out Questioning 2016 Election, But Says No Clear Means To Do So

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:49:00 -0400

Hillary Clinton tells Fresh Air the mechanism for such a challenge does not exist in the U.S. "and usually we don't need it." She also says she is "optimistic about our country, but I am not naive."

Brooklyn Is Magical In 'Shadowhouse Fall'

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 07:59:26 -0400

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Daniel José Older about his new book, Shadowhouse Fall.

'The Taking Of K-129': How The CIA Stole A Sunken Soviet Sub Off The Ocean Floor

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 18:07:00 -0400

Author Josh Dean describes how the CIA worked to secretly resurface a sub that the Soviet Union considered lost. Their cover story involved eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes.

A Boy Grows Up In Harlem In 'The Stars Beneath Our Feet'

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 08:08:14 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon talks to author David Barclay Moore about his new book, The Stars Beneath Our Feet.

Fiona Mozley On Making The Man Booker Shortlist With Her Debut Novel

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 08:08:14 -0400

Fiona Mozley wrote her first novel, Elmet, on her phone while commuting on the train between York and London. She talks with Scott Simon about being shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

'Lightning Men' Is A Story About Police, Race And Atlanta

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 08:08:14 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with author Thomas Mullen about his new novel, Lightning Men. It is the story of black and white cops in Atlanta in 1950.

Bruce Springsteen: On Jersey, Masculinity And Wishing To Be His Stage Persona

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:43:27 -0400

"People see you onstage and, yeah, I'd want to be that guy," Springsteen says. "I want to be that guy myself very often." Originally broadcast Oct. 5, 2016.