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'Transit' Is A Journey You Won't Want To End

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:00:22 -0500

Rachel Cusk's latest — the second in a trilogy that began with Outline — follows a writer unmoored by the breakup of her marriage, and the people she meets as she goes about her strange new life.

'Meaning of Michelle' Essays Celebrate First Lady's Realness

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:07:00 -0500

In a new collection, 16 essayists describe how Michelle Obama helped change the perception of black women and the White House.

'The New Odyssey' Allows Migrants Stories To Humanize The Crisis

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:05:18 -0500

The Guardian's Migration Correspondent Patrick Kingsley's book The New Odyssey follows several migrants on their journeys from war-torn countries in the Middle East and Africa to Europe.

How To Tell A Story Through Emails

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:02:24 -0500

Hey Harry, Hey Matilda is a funny and sometimes icky story of twins. It's told through the twins' emails and unfolds around a lie. Author Rachel Hulin tells Lulu Garcia-Navarro about her new novel.

Zhou Youguang, Architect Of A Bridge Between Languages, Dies At 111

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:52:00 -0500

In the 1950s, the linguist — then an "amateur" — helped create a system to Romanize Chinese writing. Zhou's system helped boost literacy and diminished the linguistic divide between East and West.

Veronica Roth's 'Carve The Mark' Is A Fantasy Inspired By Chronic Pain

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:45 -0500

The Divergent author's new series takes place in a world where everyone has a gift that reflects their personality. One character has what Roth describes as "a supernatural form of chronic pain."

A Century-Old Poet Looks Back — And Fearlessly Forward — In 'Purgatory'

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:45 -0500

Henry Morgenthau III had a long and eventful life even before he started writing poetry in his 90s. Now, at age 100, he's promoting his first poetry collection, called A Sunday in Purgatory.

The Author Of 'The Exorcist,' William Peter Blatty, Dies At 89

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:00 -0500

The author of the novel The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty, has died at the age of 89. Scott Simon spoke with him in 2011 about the novel — and he said he never meant for it to be so scary.

In 'Cold Eye,' A Small Story That Packs A Big Punch

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 07:00:21 -0500

The second installment of Laura Anne Gilman's gritty, mythmaking Devil's West series follows Isobel, the Devil's Left Hand, as she learns the extent of her powers and battles an ancient, angry spirit.

William Peter Blatty, Author Of 'The Exorcist,' Dies At 89

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:20:00 -0500

The novelist died from cancer on Thursday. Blatty was best known for writing the best-selling 1971 horror fiction about a 12-year-old girl, possessed by the devil, before the 1973 film became a hit.

The Man Behind Lemony Snicket Talks About Writing For Kids And His Childhood Fears

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:21:00 -0500

Lemony Snicket, AKA Daniel Handler, wrote the children's book series, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Handler spoke to Terry Gross in 2001 and in 2012, when he brought his accordion to the studio.

In 'Nicotine,' A Longtime Smoker Confronts His Old Habit

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:29:00 -0500

Writer Gregor Hens doesn't smoke anymore, but he still thinks about it every day. He says he started writing his memoir as a way to deal with the longing.

Ring In 'Lemony Snicket' On Netflix With A Series Of Unfortunate Recipes

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:30:00 -0500

In the children's books, food is practically a supporting character. So why not welcome the poor Baudelaire orphans with a delightfully miserable repast while binge-watching the new show?

Free Speech Advocates, Publishers Wrestle With Questions Of Censorship

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

Simon and Schuster's book deal with controversial Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos drew strong criticism online, and sparked a debate on publishing's role in limiting the availability of ideas.

Brief But Creepy, 'Fever Dream' Has A Poisonous Glow

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:00:09 -0500

Samanta Schweblin's debut novel starts as a warped child's game, and evolves into a terrifyingly toxic eco-horror tale in the vein of short-but-creepy Latin American classics like Pedro Páramo.