Book Review | May 20, 2013
The activist and playwright takes readers on a journey to near-death and back, following her work in the Congo and her own battle with cancer in her poetic memoir In the Body of the World. By Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Book Review | May 05, 2013
A story of one woman's obsession with her cat's whereabouts, beautifully illustrated by real-life partner Wendy MacNaughton. By Kristin Farr
Book Review | Apr 22, 2013
A new memoir by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is an urgent, moving, and insightful break-up with the city of San Francisco. By Ingrid Rojas Contreras
The Writers' Block | Mar 18, 2013
The Writers' Block is evolving into something new! But, before we get to where we're going, let's take a look back at where we've been. Jennifer Egan reads from her 2011 Pultizer Prize winning novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad. By Jennifer Egan
The Writers' Block | Mar 04, 2013
The Writers' Block is evolving into something new! But, before we get to where we're going, let's take a look back at where we've been. The one and only David Sedaris reads "Author, Author?," a story about the joys of book tours, giant boxes of condoms, and Costco. By David Sedaris
The Writers' Block | Feb 18, 2013
The Writers' Block is evolving into something new! But, before we get to where we're going, let's take a look back at where we've been. Patti Smith takes us on a trip to '60s New York with a reading from Just Kids! By Patti Smith
Literature | Feb 14, 2013
Shoppers and booksellers share the books that have shaped their romantic lives. Share your photos and stories by emailing email@example.com! By Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Book Review | Feb 12, 2013
Thomas Christensen's book covering a single year in history is beautiful to look at, pleasant to read, and filled with tantalizing details about The World in Motion. By Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Book Review | Feb 11, 2013
Notable art books for your bedside table or coffee table include a survey of Banksy's career, photographs of balletic bullfighting, life lessons from Ai Weiwei, and a collection of testaments to the lasting influence of Andy Warhol. By Kristin Farr
The Writers' Block | Feb 05, 2013
The Writers' Block is evolving into something new! But, before we get to where we're going, let's take a look back at where we've been. In light of Baltimore's Super Bowl win, it makes sense to kick things off with John Waters! By John Waters
Author Interviews : NPR
Before joining the notoriously shocking rap crew, Campbell was a party-rocking DJ in Miami. Even then, he knew that being aggressively different could lead to success.
"It is my fate to illuminate the lives of these one-of-a-kind notable women that have been somehow forgotten by history," says Paula McClain. She shines her spotlight on Markham in Circling the Sun.
Twenty-five years after Charles Johnson's Middle Passage — which dwells with race, class and gender in 19th-century America — won the National Book Award, he reflects on his book's evolving meaning.
Under Tiberius is a new novel about deceit and crime. The main character is the man who came to be known as Jesus Christ. NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Nick Tosches.
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