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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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Atoning For The Past In 'The Twelve Lives Of Samuel Hawley'

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:45:36 -0400

In Hannah Tinti's new novel, a daughter discovers her father's dark past by investigating the 12 bullet scars on his body. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Tinti about The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley.



These 'Women In The Castle' Provide New Perspectives On Nazi Germany

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:45:00 -0400

Jessica Shattuck's novel follows three German women — all war widows, and all of very different political persuasions — who take refuge in a ruined Bavarian castle at the end of World War II.



The Supreme Court Ruling That Led To 70,000 Forced Sterilizations

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:46:01 -0400

In the early 20th century, American eugenicists used forced sterilization to "breed out" traits considered undesirable. Adam Cohen tells the story in Imbeciles. Originally broadcast March 7, 2016.



Kevin Breel: What Can Depression Teach Us About Comedy?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:09 -0400

The image of the "sad clown" can seem like a cliche. But for Kevin Breel, it's very real. He describes how he struggled with depression while performing as a stand-up comedian.



Negin Farsad: Can Humor Fight Prejudice?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:09 -0400

Comedian Negin Farsad traveled all over the U.S. to clear up misconceptions about Islam while making people laugh. She calls this form of activism "social justice comedy."



Welcome To 'The Collapsing Empire:' Questions For John Scalzi

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:00:15 -0400

Prolific sci-fi author John Scalzi boots up a new universe in The Collapsing Empire. It's set in a future where far-flung humanity's ability to travel and communicate between planets is under threat.



An 'Intimate Portrait' Of Dorothy Day, The Catholic Activist With A Bohemian Past

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:53:00 -0400

Kate Hennessy drew from family letters, diaries and memories in writing Dorothy Day, a biography of her late grandmother. Day founded the Catholic Worker Movement and is now a candidate for sainthood.



'Ghosts' In The Arctic: How The Long-Lost Franklin Expedition Was Found

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:48:00 -0400

In the 1840s, two British crews vanished while seeking a passage through the ice at the top of the world. Paul Watson became "obsessed with the mystery" and tells the story in his new book Ice Ghosts.



Father Of 2 Sons With Schizophrenia Talks Of His Struggle To Save Them

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:13:00 -0400

"There is no greater ... feeling of helplessness than to watch two beloved sons deteriorate before [your] eyes," says Ron Powers. His new book is No One Cares About Crazy People.



Let Them Eat Bread: The Theft That Helped Inspire 'Les Miserables'

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:52:00 -0400

Anyone who has read or seen Victor Hugo's masterpiece knows the plot turns on the theft of a simple loaf of bread. There was no sharper barometer of economic status in 19th-century France than bread.



Egyptian Political Satirist Bassem Youssef On Media And The Arab Spring

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 07:52:03 -0400

Bassem Youssef is often compared to Jon Stewart as a political satirist. He talks to NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro about his new book, Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through The Arab Spring.



Authoring An Author's Life In 'Mikhail and Margarita'

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 07:52:03 -0400

Julie Lekstrom Himes talks about her novel Mikhail and Margarita. It is a fictional account of the life of Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov, who wrote the classic The Master and Margarita.



Chronicling Ernest Hemingway's Relationship With The Soviets

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 08:12:26 -0400

CIA archivist Nicholas Reynolds discusses his new book, Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures. It describes Hemingway's relationship with Soviet intelligence.



Pop Culture Happy Hour: Memes, Fads And A Chat With Neil Gaiman

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 08:55:00 -0400

This week, we bring you two segments with comedian Guy Branum from our fall tour, and our friend Petra Mayer chats with author Neil Gaiman about Norse mythology.



'Out Of Wonder' Aims To Inspire A New Generation Of Poets

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 04:49:00 -0400

Kwame Alexander's new book is a collection of original poems written in the style of 20 famous poets. The aim is to introduce kids to great poetry — and encourage them to write poems of their own.