Now Playing:

Arts & Life

Writer James Alan McPherson, Winner Of Pulitzer, MacArthur And Guggenheim, Dies At 72

NPR | July 28, 2016

McPherson, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died at 72. His work explored the intersection of white and black lives with deftness, subtlety and wry humor.

'You Will Know Me' Says No, You Won't

NPR | July 28, 2016

Megan Abbott's novel about a talented young gymnast and her mother starts with a mysterious death, but the real mysteries are the characters themselves: You never really know the people close to you.

Kids On Bikes: The Sci-Fi Nostalgia Of 'Stranger Things', 'Paper Girls' & 'Super 8'

NPR | July 27, 2016

Three recent properties - a Netflix series, a comic book and a 2011 Hollywood film - borrow key elements from Steven Spielberg and Stephen King to comment on adolescence in very different ways.

More Books

Entertainment | Books | Arts

Minicomics May Be Small, But They Pack Big Thrills

NPR | July 27, 2016 9:02 a.m.

Minicomics are kind of a relic — few artists now want to go to the trouble of printing and distributing paper comics. But there are still a few out there that are worth the trouble of hunting down.

Books | Arts

Can Serialized Fiction Convert Binge Watchers Into Binge Readers?

NPR | July 26, 2016 5:06 p.m.

As TV dramas get better and better, publishers are getting into the game with serialized fiction. Some are even referring to what they publish as "episodes" and "seasons" rather than "books."

Books | Arts

Comic Book Writer Marjorie Liu On How Rejection Shaped Her Writing

NPR | July 26, 2016 10:16 a.m.

Author Marjorie Liu writes adult fantasy novels that explore alienation and identity. And they've attracted a large, diverse fan base. Her latest is the Eisner Award-nominated graphic novel Monstress.

Books | Arts

'Sunlight Pilgrims' Is More Than Just A Chilling Tale Of Climate Change

NPR | July 26, 2016 4 a.m.

Jenni Fagan's latest follows a transgender girl and her mother in a near-future world that's slowly freezing to death. Fagan makes potent but subtle links between climate change and personal change.

Books | Arts

What If You Hadn't Gotten Married? 'Dark Matter' Imagines An Alternate Life

NPR | July 24, 2016 9:47 a.m.

Blake Crouch's new science fiction novel tells the story of Jason Dessen, a father and physics professor who suddenly finds himself in a parallel universe — in which he's unmarried and famous.

Books | Arts

Gay Talese Stays Too Long At 'The Voyeur's Motel'

NPR | July 24, 2016 4 a.m.

Gay Talese conflates the journalist and the voyeur in his new book about a motel owner who spied on his guests. And he makes the readers voyeurs as well: We watch him watching the unwary motel guests.

Books | Arts

In Dave Eggers' Latest, A Mother Moves Her Kids To The Alaskan 'Frontier'

NPR | July 23, 2016 9:18 p.m.

Alaska's a state that's "not too precious about itself," Eggers says. In Heroes of the Frontier, he follows an out-of-work dentist as she moves her small family to an unfamiliar home.

Books | Arts

3 Books To Take On Your Summer Getaway

NPR | July 22, 2016 8:12 p.m.

Bookseller John Evans recommends three vacation reads: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sport of Kings by C. E. Morgan and Under the Big Black Sun by John Doe and Tom DeSavia.

Books | Arts

In 'The Darkroom,' A Writer Comes To Grips With Her Dad's Gender Transition

NPR | July 22, 2016 12:02 p.m.

Susan Faludi says that, growing up, her father was a "domineering, hyper masculine patriarch." In her new book, she tries to understand his past and his decision to become a woman.

Books | Arts

'To The Secretary' Tries To Unwind The Tangles Of Diplomacy

NPR | July 21, 2016 4 a.m.

State Department veteran Mary Thompson-Jones sifts through a few choice WikiLeaks cables and parses them for a lay audience in To The Secretary, a fascinating primer on a complex and difficult field.