Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, spent six years researching America's nuclear weapons. In Command and Control, he details explosions, false attack alerts and accidentally dropped bombs.
OPB | July 31, 2014 midnight
Portland-based author and graphic artist Leia Weathington brings a fresh perspective and a wide range of artists to the epic adventure genre in her graphic novel series The Legend of Bold Riley.
NPR | July 21, 2014 1:36 p.m.
Chris Tomlinson covered conflict, including apartheid in Africa, for 11 years. Then the great, great grandson of Texas slaveholders realized he needed to write a book about his family's history.
NPR | July 08, 2014 6:51 a.m.
Despite the lack of real-life crime on the Scottish islands, author Ann Cleeves has found plenty of inspiration there. "I love the idea of long, low horizons with secrets hidden underneath," she says.
NPR | July 07, 2014 10:14 a.m.
The author's female leads are plus-sized, and sometimes, instead of falling in love, they are just trying to stay in it. Her new book, Landline, opens with a marriage on the verge of collapse.
NPR | July 03, 2014 9:28 a.m.
Motorcycles provide an open road for literature, a device writers can use to talk about adventure, rebellion, even inner peace. NPR's Mandalit del Barco gets some reading ideas from actual bikers.
NPR | Aug. 22, 2014 4:25 a.m.
Also: How to tell you're in a Balzac novel; Ernest Hemingway's letters.
NPR | Aug. 22, 2014 4:03 a.m.
Comics critic Etelka Lehoczky says the wildly discordant art styles in a new graphic novel compilation of World War I poetry work to illuminate the emotional chaos of soldiers on the Western Front.
NPR | Aug. 21, 2014 3:24 p.m.
A Seller's Advice: To Diversify Bookshelves, Step Free Of The Niche
NPR | Aug. 21, 2014 6:30 a.m.
Daniel Kehlmann's F, about three brothers abandoned by their father, examines the detail of lives lived without integrity. It is brilliantly translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway.
NPR | Aug. 21, 2014 4:50 a.m.
Also: Italian novelist Elena Ferrante gives a rare interview; the history of Arabic noir.
NPR | Aug. 20, 2014 2:04 p.m.
The American publishing industry has long been the realm of the privileged few. Lately, though, some writers of color are making their voices heard — and starting some uncomfortable conversations.
NPR | Aug. 20, 2014 4:52 a.m.
Also: Poet Simin Behbahani, known as the "Lioness of Iran," has died; novelist Lev Grossman on finding his vocation.
NPR | Aug. 20, 2014 4:03 a.m.
David Connerley Nahm's debut, Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky, is full of what critic Michael Schaub calls "anti-nostalgia," the pain of intrusive memories that come when you're least prepared.
NPR | Aug. 19, 2014 2:02 p.m.
Budding writers often turn to graduate workshops as lessons on the craft and gateways to publishers. But in classes filled with the white and elite, many writers of color feel typecast as "other."
NPR | Aug. 19, 2014 1:58 p.m.
Protests in Ferguson, MO. continue, in response to the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by police on August 9th. The incident reminds author Laila Lalami of James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son