Nuclear 'Command And Control': A History Of False Alarms And Near Catastrophes

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.

A Different Kind Of Conan: 'The Legend Of Bold Riley'

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.

On 'Tomlinson Hill,' Journalist Seeks Truth And Reconciliation

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.

For One Crime Writer, Peaceful Shetland Is A Perfect Place For Murder

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.

Rainbow Rowell Does Romance With A Subversive (Read: Realistic) Twist

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.

Vroom, Vroom, Hmmmm: Motorcycles As Literary Metaphor

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.

Book News: David Gregory To Write Book About Judaism

NPR | Aug. 22, 2014 4:25 a.m.

Also: How to tell you're in a Balzac novel; Ernest Hemingway's letters.

Songs Of Innocence And Bitter Experience In 'Dreamless Dead'

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.

How To Sell Diverse Books: A Bookstore Owner's Advice

NPR | Aug. 21, 2014 3:24 p.m.

A Seller's Advice: To Diversify Bookshelves, Step Free Of The Niche

'F' Is For Fraudster In A Family Novel For Our Modern Times

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.

Book News: German Minister Shows Support For Authors' Amazon Protest

NPR | Aug. 21, 2014 4:50 a.m.

Also: Italian novelist Elena Ferrante gives a rare interview; the history of Arabic noir.

To Achieve Diversity In Publishing, A Difficult Dialogue Beats Silence

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.

Book News: Laura Ingalls Wilder's Memoir To Be Published

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.

The Depths Of Memory And Pain In 'Ancient Oceans'

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.

In Elite MFA Programs, The Challenge Of Writing While 'Other'

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."

'This Fight Begins In The Heart:' Reading James Baldwin As Ferguson Seethes

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

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Featured: William Stafford Centennial

This year, Oregon's award-winning poet laureate William Stafford would have turned 100. We explore his life and the impact he had across the state and genre.

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