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 | June 08, 2014 8:14 p.m.
Alan Rabinowitz grew up with a terrible stutter, but he felt comforted by the big cats at the zoo. Now an accomplished jaguar expert, Rabinowitz tells his touching boyhood story in a book for kids.
NPR | Aug. 01, 2014 1:39 p.m.
Nearly a dozen notebooks and journals by the author, who fought in the British Army during the war, are being released to coincide with the centenary of the start of the conflict.
NPR | Aug. 01, 2014 4:42 a.m.
Also: Hilton Als on Flannery O'Connor; Stephen Burt on poetry.
NPR | July 31, 2014 7:03 a.m.
Anya Ulinich's new graphic novel is inspired by Bernard Malamud's "The Barrel" — both star choosy loners looking for love. But Malamud's swoony violins and lit candles don't apply to Lena Finkle.
NPR | July 31, 2014 4:16 a.m.
Also: a novel by Oscar Hijuelos will be published posthumously; Stephen Marche on the inevitability of literary failure.
NPR | July 31, 2014 4:03 a.m.
Yelena Akhtiorskaya's debut is a funny, sometimes heartbreaking, uniquely American chronicle of a family of Soviet immigrants who've transplanted a bit of their home to Brooklyn's Brighton Beach.
NPR | July 30, 2014 8:08 a.m.
One of the nation's most diverse counties boasts a library system befitting the distinction. Since launching a program for immigrants, it's worked to keep pace with the borough's changing population.
NPR | July 30, 2014 6:44 a.m.
Also: Rand Paul plans to come out with a book in 2015; Jesse Ventura was awarded almost $2 million in a defamation suit.
NPR | July 30, 2014 4:03 a.m.
Amy Bloom's new novel follows two half-sisters from a disastrous stint in 1920s Hollywood, to happiness with an unexpected, impromptu family group in the disruptive years around World War II.
NPR | July 29, 2014 11:02 a.m.
Chris Leslie-Hynan's debut novel follows a white grad student who's a chauffeur to a black basketball player. It references The Great Gatsby often with fresh takes on race, manhood and meritocracy.
NPR | July 29, 2014 4:36 a.m.
Also: Linda Gregerson has a new poem in The New Yorker; allegations of sexual harassment at the country's biggest comic book convention.