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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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'Janesville' Looks At A Factory Town After The Factory Shuts Down

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:53:45 -0400

Washington Post reporter Amy Goldstein talks about her book Janesville: An American Story, that's about a factory town in Wisconsin that lost its lifeblood when its factory shut down.

'Thunder In The Mountains' Tells Tragedy Of Two Strong, Opposing Leaders

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:53:00 -0400

Daniel Sharfstein's new book Thunder In the Mountains sheds new light on the Nez Perce Indian wars, and the two historical figures on each side of the conflict: Chief Joseph and Oliver Otis Howard.

In Ann Brashare's Latest, Two Kids From A Fractured Family Meet At Last

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:07:31 -0400

The author behind the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series writes from experience — her parents divorced when she was young, and she says the divisions remain "to this day."

Chemo Scrambled My Brain

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:00:30 -0400

After an incorrect dose of a chemotherapy drug for Crohn's disease caused Anne Webster's bone marrow to shut down, she decided that, if she survived, she'd write about her experience.

Author Alison MacLeod Tries To Find Humor In Terrorism

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 08:14:30 -0400

In her new book of short stories, Alison MacLeod spins biography, news stories and family history into surreal fiction. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly asks her about All the Beloved Ghosts.

Dark Lives Of 'The Radium Girls' Left A Bright Legacy For Workers, Science

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 08:14:00 -0400

Kate Moore's new book digs into the short, painful lives of the Radium Girls, who worked painting luminous dials on watches and clocks — and were poisoned by the glowing radium paint they used.

'Girls & Sex' And The Importance Of Talking To Young Women About Pleasure

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:24:00 -0400

Author Peggy Orenstein says that when it comes to adolescent sexuality, the subject of girls' pleasure is often left unspoken. Originally broadcast March 29, 2016.

How Do You Bond With Mozart? Adopt A Starling

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:56:00 -0400

Naturalist and author Lyanda Lynn Haupt took her research on Mozart to a whole new level when she invited a young starling into her home.

From 'F-Bomb' To 'Photobomb,' How The Dictionary Keeps Up With English

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:32:00 -0400

For a new word to enter the dictionary, it must meet three criteria: widespread use, sustained use and meaningful use. Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper explains the process in Word by Word.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren's Call To Action: 'This Fight' Will Take Everybody

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:51:00 -0400

"Everybody's got to get out there and find the piece that they can do," the Democratic Massachusetts senator says. She talks to NPR's Audie Cornish about her new book, the middle class and activism.

'Locking Up Our Own' Details The Mass Incarceration Of Black Men

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:32:00 -0400

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with author James Forman, Jr., about his new book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. It tells the story of how African Americans in law enforcement made the war on drugs very much their war.

'I Basically Ran On Adrenaline': A Staffer Remembers Obama's White House

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:12:00 -0400

Alyssa Mastromonaco worked in the West Wing for six exhilarating and exhausting years. She describes that era in her new memoir, Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

Anxious Nations React Fearfully To Rapid Influx Of Migrants, Hamid Says

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 05:04:00 -0400

Amid the rise of nationalism, David Greene talks to Pakistani novelist Mohsin Hamid, who sees migration as an inalienable human right. His new novel is called, Exit West.

'The Epitome Of New York Cool': Letterman Biographer On Late Night Icon

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:30:00 -0400

David Letterman, one of the most famous people in America, is an enigma. Jason Zinoman's new book, Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night, looks at the late night talk show host's long career and the impact it still has on broadcasting today.

In The 1920s, A Community Conspired To Kill Native Americans For Their Oil Money

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 04:44:00 -0400

The Osage tribe in Oklahoma became spectacularly wealthy in the early 1900s — and then members started turning up dead. David Grann's Killers of the Flower Moon describes the dark plot against them.