'Redeployment,' 'Age Of Ambition' Win National Book Awards

The National Book Foundation presented its annual awards Thursday night, highlighting titles in four broad genres: Young People's Literature, Poetry, Nonfiction, and Fiction.

Author Phil Klay, Local Veterans Discuss 'Redeployment' And Returning Home

OPB | March 26, 2014 midnight

Think Out Loud invited veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to join in conversation with author Phil Klay. Together they explored what it meant to return home after war.

How A Feud Between Two Russian Companies Fueled A 'Spam Nation'

NPR | Nov. 18, 2014 12:35 p.m.

Brian Krebs' new book tells the story of how two companies groomed spammers, and then destroyed each other. In the process, Krebs got access to documents that illuminated how cybercriminals operate.

Portland Author Cat Winters On Writing For Teens, What Her Family Thinks About Her Books

OPB | Oct. 22, 2014 midnight

Cat Winters began her career writing adult historical fiction, but now she's making her mark with award-winning young adult novels such as In the Shadow of Blackbirds and The Cure for Dreaming.

A Polar Bear Might Keep The Measles Away, But Shots Work Better

NPR | Oct. 14, 2014 1:32 p.m.

Sophie Blackall, illustrator of the best-selling Ivy and Bean books, has enlisted her heroines in the effort to eradicate measles. They decide that a shot is more practical than moving to the moon.

In This 'Alphabet,' 'O' Is For Helpful Owl And 'C' Is For Escapist Cup

NPR | Oct. 13, 2014 1:15 p.m.

From a cup who dreams of a window seat to a problem-solving owl, Oliver Jeffers' new picture book, Once Upon an Alphabet, gives each letter its own story.

Steven Johnson Explores The History Of Modern Innovations In 'How We Got To Now'

OPB | Oct. 08, 2014 7:45 a.m.

Author Stephen Johnson explores the history behind what he calls the “six innovations that made the modern world” in his new book and television series airing on OPB later this month.

How Tinseltown Got Tipsy: A Boozy Taste Of Hollywood History

NPR |Dec. 20, 2014 3:40 p.m.

Mark Bailey, who detailed old Hollywood's legendary love affair with liquor in his book Of All the Gin Joints, shares stories from a bygone era over cocktails at a legendary Hollywood bar.

Gentlefolk All, Survive Your Holidays With Help From Chaucer

NPR |Dec. 20, 2014 4:03 a.m.

Who better to help you through the stresses and strains of a modern Christmas than a 14th-century English poet? Yes, Geoffrey Chaucer is online now, and he's here for all your holiday advice needs.

Antarctic Holiday: A Christmas Feast In The Loneliest Spot On Earth

NPR |Dec. 20, 2014 2:17 a.m.

For Dr. Gavin Francis, Christmas Eve marked the start of a year-long stay in an icy research base 8,700 miles from home. In this "empire of ice and isolation," he says, food is essential to morale.

'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique

NPR |Dec. 19, 2014 5:15 p.m.

This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba's imprint on the American imagination.

4 Comic Albums And Audiobooks To Lighten Up Your Holiday Road Trip

NPR |Dec. 19, 2014 1:53 p.m.

Let Amy Poehler, Jeff Kinney, Jim Gaffigan and Hannibal Buress help you laugh away the tension while you're stuck in holiday traffic.

Book News: Macmillan Inks Deal With Amazon, But Doesn't Sound Happy About It

NPR |Dec. 19, 2014 9:01 a.m.

The publisher makes peace with Amazon — and takes the opportunity to vent some frustration. Also: Paulo Coelho offers to buy The Interview off Sony.

Book News: The Future of the Public Library May Lie in the Coffee Shop

NPR |Dec. 18, 2014 7:50 a.m.

A long-awaited review of public libraries in the U.K. calls for them to expand digital services and offer a "retail-standard environment" akin to coffee shops.

Book News: Sci-Fi Writer Signs On As 'Chief Futurist' For Secretive Startup

NPR |Dec. 17, 2014 10:01 a.m.

Neal Stephenson, author of Snow Crash, said he'll be assuming the role at the augmented reality company Magic Leap, which recently landed $542 million in investments from Google and other tech giants.

'Clifford The Big Red Dog' Creator Bridwell Dies At 86

NPR |Dec. 16, 2014 5:28 p.m.

More than 50 years after he came up with a story about a huge dog, author Norman Bridwell has died. In 2012, Bridwell told NPR he was shocked when his idea was accepted for publication.

Marvel At 75: Still Slinging Webs And Guarding Galaxies

NPR |Dec. 16, 2014 1:43 p.m.

What became Marvel Comics got its start in 1939 as Timely Publications. It went through many changes — but one constant has been writer Stanley Lieber, better known as Stan Lee.

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