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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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'The Once And Future Liberal' Looks At Shortfalls Of American Liberalism

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:29:00 -0400

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Mark Lilla, author of the book, The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics, which looks at the failure of American liberalism over the past two generations.

Novelist Max Brooks On Doomsday, Dyslexia And Growing Up With Hollywood Parents

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:29:08 -0400

Brooks' stable childhood with parents Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft stands in contrast to the wild stories he tells in novels like World War Z and Minecraft: The Island.

Poet Imagines Life Inside A 1910 Institution That Eugenics Built

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:25:00 -0400

Molly McCully Brown, who has cerebral palsy, says that if she'd been born in a different era, she might have been sent to the "Virginia State Colony," an early landmark of the U.S. eugenics movement.

YA Books Are Targeted In Intense Social Media Callouts, Rosenfield Says

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 07:55:11 -0400

A young adult novel is fiercely criticized on Twitter and accused of being racist by those who haven't read it. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Kat Rosenfield, who covered the story for Vulture.

'The Bettencourt Affair': Extravagant Friendship Or Cruel Swindle?

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 07:44:00 -0400

Cosmetics heiress Liliane Bettencourt lavished money and gifts on her friend, photographer François-Marie Banier. Then, her daughter sparked a decade of scandal by accusing Banier of abusing her.

A Physician Explores 'A Better Path' To The End Of Life

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:15:59 -0400

Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter, author of Extreme Measures, discusses the ethics of using medical assistance to hasten death. Zitter is the subject of the Netflix documentary Extremis.

How The 'Battling' Kellogg Brothers Revolutionized American Breakfast

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:25:00 -0400

A century ago, two brothers took the world by storm with their mass-produced boxed cereal. Medical historian Howard Markel chronicles the contentious relationship between the creators of Corn Flakes.

Can Buddhist Practices Help Us Overcome The Biological Pull Of Dissatisfaction?

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 13:49:00 -0400

Science journalist and author Robert Wright says that Buddhist enlightenment might help counteract our natural tendency towards unhappiness. His new book is Why Buddhism is True.

'Policing Ferguson, Policing America': The Unrest Over The Death Of Michael Brown

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 18:10:00 -0400

Former Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson discusses his new book: "Policing Ferguson, Policing America: What Really Happened And What The Country Can Learn From It."

'Ants Among Elephants' Examines Family And Caste In India

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 18:42:00 -0400

"Ants Among Elephants" is the memoir of an Indian woman, born a so-called untouchable, who is a New York City subway conductor. NPR's Stacey Vanek Smith speaks with author Sujatha Gidla.

The Stories All Start The Same Way In 'The First Line'

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 08:11:39 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon talks with David LaBounty, co-founder of the literary quarterly The First Line. LaBounty gives readers the first line of a short story, and they continue from there.

Take A Pilgrimage To America's Sport Sanctuaries In 'The Arena'

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 08:11:00 -0400

Rafi Kohan traveled all over the country to research stadiums for his new book. He learned the secrets of ground crews and ticket scalpers and explored the economics of tax-funded stadiums.

'New People' Author Danzy Senna Loves The Troublesome Characters

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 08:11:00 -0400

Author Danzy Senna's new novel follows a young, interracial couple — Khalil and Maria — whose seemingly charmed life falls apart after Maria becomes infatuated with a mysterious poet.

Maria Qamar Dishes Up Desi Pop in 'Trust No Aunty'

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Aunties, beware — Maria Qamar's got your number. The Pakistani Canadian comedian's new book, Trust No Aunty, is a rollicking guide to dealing with the interfering older women in your life.

Trying To Understand 'What Made Maddy Run'

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 02:18:00 -0400

Journalist Kate Fagan's new book digs into the life of a young woman whose suicide shocked the University of Pennsylvania, where she ran track. Madison Holleran's life seemed perfect, until it wasn't.