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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.

Last Build Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:40:00 -0500

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'#Republic' Author Describes How Social Media Hurts Democracy

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:40:00 -0500

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks to Cass Sunstein about his new book, #Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media. He says democracy needs people to come across a variety of viewpoints, and much of social media limits that exposure.

In 'Captured,' Democratic Senator Decries Money's Role In Politics

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:40:00 -0500

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island about his new book, Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy.

An Irish Immigrant Fights On The Great Plains In 'Days Without End'

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:51:00 -0500

The protagonist of Sebastian Barry's new novel is conscripted right off the boat as the price of American citizenship. Eventually he finds love and companionship with one of his fellow soldiers.

Uncovering Presidential Secrets, From Washington To Trump

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:51:00 -0500

Author Mary Graham discusses the confidences that presidents keep. When it comes to President Trump, she says: "I think we're seeing that it's not possible to keep policies secret in the digital age."

Imagining The Present As The Future Of The 1950s

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:58:02 -0500

Elan Mastai grew up fascinated by the 1950s sci-fi books. He talks with Lulu Garcia-Navarro about his novel All Our Wrong Todays that imagines a world with jet packs and flying cars.

In 'Things We Lost,' Argentina's Haunted History Gets A Supernatural Twist

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:58:02 -0500

The country's military dictatorship ended decades ago, but author Mariana Enriquez says there's still "a ghostly quality to everyday life" there.

'Shining City' Is Packed With Timely Thrills

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:25:00 -0500

Tom Rosenstiel — head of the American Press Institute — has written a novel about a political fixer who gets the biggest job of his career: Sanitizing a controversial Supreme Court nominee.

How Hermann Rorschach's 'Inkblots' Took On A Life Of Their Own

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:05:00 -0500

These days, you're more likely to come across the concept of a Rorschach test in a cultural context than a clinical one. In a new book, author Damion Searls traces the history of the famous inkblots.

Author Philip Pullman Announces A Follow-Up Trilogy To 'His Dark Materials'

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:01:00 -0500

The British author talked to NPR about The Book of Dust, his return to the world of Lyra Belacqua and armored bears, the first volume of which will be published in October.

Hookup Culture: The Unspoken Rules Of Sex On College Campuses

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500

Research suggests that college students are not having more sex than their parents were a generation ago. But sociologist Lisa Wade says the culture around sex has changed dramatically.

'Aisles Have Eyes' Warns That Brick-And-Mortar Stores Are Watching You

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:36:23 -0500

Consumers have grown accustomed to the idea of online retailers collecting information about them, but author Joseph Turow says that now physical stores are doing it too.

Looking For Thor's Hammer: Neil Gaiman On 'Norse Mythology'

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 07:00:03 -0500

Author Neil Gaiman first encountered the Norse gods in the pages of old Marvel Comics reprints, when he was 6 years old. Now, he's written his own versions of these ancient tales of gods and monsters.

'There Is No Good Card For This': What To Say When 'Condolences' Isn't Enough

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 04:31:00 -0500

Have you ever struggled with how to be there for a friend in pain? If so, you're not alone. Illustrator Emily McDowell says her new book is a "guide for how to show up ... after you've sent the card."

'Next Door' Neighbors Gradually Learn To Get Along In Post-Apartheid Cape Town

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 07:45:19 -0500

Yewande Omotoso's new novel follows two South African widows in their 80s: Hortensia is black, Marion is white and both are set in their ways.

Monk Spreads Buddhist Philosophy With 140-Character Tweets

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 18:23:00 -0500

Buddhist monk Haemin Sunim became Twitter-famous with his tweets about faith and mindfulness. His book, a compilation of tweets, went viral in South Korea, and the American edition is out now.