The Writers' Block | Jan 20, 2013
Irvine Welsh, the man behind the best-selling phenomenon Trainspotting, reads a passage from its prequel, Skagboys. By Irvine Welsh
The Writers' Block | Jan 08, 2013
Robin Sloan reads a passage from Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, a gleeful tale of global conspiracy, young love, and rollicking adventure. By Robin Sloan
The Writers' Block | Dec 31, 2012
2012 was a really great year for books and an even better one for KQED's book-lovin' podcast, The Writers' Block. Although, as the program's Producer, every episode is a home run in my book, here's a rundown of a few authors that truly blew me away. By Emmanuel Hapsis
Pop Culture | Dec 21, 2012
Several Bay Area writers contemplate the meaning of December 21, the end of the Mayan Calendar -- and hopefully the beginning of a new, more compassionate era. By Ingrid Rojas Contreras
The Writers' Block | Dec 17, 2012
Megan Mayhew Bergman reads a passage from her debut collection, Birds of a Lesser Paradise. By Megan Mayhew Bergman
The Writers' Block | Dec 10, 2012
Scott Hutchins, a former Truman Capote Fellow in the Wallace Stegner Program at Stanford, reads a passage from his debut, A Working Theory of Love. By Scott Hutchins
The Writers' Block | Dec 03, 2012
Ian Frazier reads a passage from The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days, a comic novel based on his widely read columns for The New Yorker. By Ian Frazier
NPR Books | Dec 02, 2012
Ben Fountain's newest book, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, takes place over the course of a single day in the life of Spc. William Lynn. Author Jonathan Evison writes that this is a book so vivid he felt like he lived it. Have you ever read a book that felt real? Tell us in the comments. By Jonathan Evison
The Writers' Block | Nov 26, 2012
Margaret Talbot, staff writer for The New Yorker, reads a passage from The Entertainer about her Hollywood actor father and his relationship with Ed Wood. (Running Time: 11:46) By Margaret Talbot
The Writers' Block | Nov 19, 2012
Marcus Samuelsson, James Beard Award recipient and winner of Top Chef Masters, reads a passage from his memoir, Yes, Chef. By Marcus Samuelsson
Author Interviews : NPR
Throughout his memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, Costello grapples with parallels to his father's life. "In the end, music was playing in the room when my father left this earth," he says.
Twenty years ago, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was killed by a Jewish religious zealot. Dan Ephron, author of Killing a King, discusses the assassination and its effect on the peace process.
A debate over academic freedom of speech sparked in summer 2014 when the University of Illinois rescinded a job offer to a professor over a controversial set of tweets about the Israel-Gaza conflict.
Comic strip creator Berkeley Breathed tells Fresh Air's Sam Briger that a 2008 letter from author Harper Lee inspired him to re-launch his famous strip on Facebook. It's now called Bloom County 2015.
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