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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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'Only Child': A Story of Loss, Grief And Hope

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 18:00:06 -0500

Rhiannon Navin's Only Child, a novel about the aftermath of a school shooting came out shortly before a fatal school shooting in Florida. NPR's Michel Martin talks to Navin about overcoming tragedy.

'Dreadful Young Ladies And Other Stories' From A Self-Proclaimed 'Strange Woman'

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 08:07:38 -0500

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Newbery Medal winner Kelly Barnhill about Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories, her new collection of dark, whimsical fantasies.

In 'Down The River,' Walter Mosley Latest Detective Novel Deals With Dualities

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 17:21:14 -0500

NPR's Michel Martin talks with prolific detective novelist Walter Mosley about his book, Down The River Unto The Sea, which takes on real world issues of policing, activism and criminal justice.

'Piecing Me Together' Novelist Says She Writes To Help Kids Feel Seen

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:08:11 -0500

Renée Watson won the Coretta Scott King Award for her novel about a black student at a mostly white private school.

In 'Freshwater,' A College Student Learns To Live With Separate Selves

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:05:29 -0500

Akwaeke Emezi's debut novel follows the spiritually receptive student, Ada. The author pulls from her own experience with what she says "is like a cloud of selves that are shifting."

Love Is All Around — Everyday — In 'Rookie On Love'

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:00:19 -0500

"When we talk about love ... it's usually always referring to romantic partnerships. And I knew that I didn't want this book to just be about that," editor Tavi Gevinson says of the new anthology.

'An American Marriage' Came Together After A Trip To The Mall

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:04:00 -0500

Tayari Jones' novel examines what happens when ambitious, well-educated black newlyweds Celestial and Roy have their lives upended when Roy is falsely accused of rape.

Steve Coll's 'Directorate S' Looks At Narrative Of CIA After 2001

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:30:00 -0500

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Steve Coll, dean of the Columbia School of Journalism, about his new book, Directorate S: The C.I.A and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001-2016.

Long Haul Trucker Was 'Completely Seduced' By The Open Road

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:00:09 -0500

Finn Murphy has logged over a million miles hauling people's belongings across the country to their new homes. He describes life on the road as a "reaction against regimentation."

Steve Bannon Sees #MeToo As An 'Existential Threat' To Trump, Journalist Says

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:36:00 -0500

Journalist Joshua Green describes the right-wing provocateur as a "very shrewd analyst of American politics." Right now, Green says, Bannon is particularly attuned to the #MeToo movement.

'Videocracy' Looks At What Makes A Video Go Viral

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:20:00 -0500

A new book by Kevin Allocca, YouTube's head of culture and trends, breaks down the world of viral videos. From fans of elevators to make-your-own-slime videos, online communities that form around niche interests are as vital as the videos themselves.

At 80, Judy Blume Reflects On Feminism, #MeToo And Keeping Margaret 12

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:06:00 -0500

Judy Blume's best-selling books have shaped the way we talk about puberty, periods and female sexual experiences. Those story lines take on renewed relevance amid the #MeToo movement.

'Text Me When You Get Home'

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 08:02:08 -0500

It's a common call as women bid goodbye to each other: "Text me when you get home." And that's the title of Kayleen Schaefer's book about modern female friendship. She talks with Lulu Garcia-Navarro.

In 'Heart Berries,' An Indigenous Woman's Chaotic Coming-Of-Age

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 07:33:09 -0500

Terese Marie Mailhot's new memoir is an effort to draw art from mental illness, lost love and her family history on an Indian reservation in British Columbia.

The History Of Chicago's Public Housing In 'High-Risers'

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 08:02:31 -0500

Cabrini-Green was a symbol for public housing in the late 20th century until it was torn down in 2011. Ben Austen talks with Scott Simon about that history and his new book, High-Risers.