Nikki Giovanni's latest book, Chasing Utopia, is "a hybrid" collection of short stories, poetry and prose exploring memories of family, friends and food.
OPB | Feb. 20, 2014 9:45 a.m.
Chris Ware talks about his celebrated work Building Stories, his buddy Ira Glass and telling stories that make you feel life.
OPB | Feb. 18, 2014 midnight
Novelist Willy Vlautin describes his fourth novel, The Free, as “a distress call to the patron saint of nurses.”
OPB | Feb. 17, 2014 midnight
Novelist, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki discusses the challenges and rewards of writing her most recent book, A Tale for the Time Being.
OPB | Feb. 05, 2014 midnight
A group of individuals read William Stafford's poetry in Portland's downtown library, sharing how his work continues to resonate in their lives.
NPR | March 16, 2014 3:35 p.m.
Inspired by the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, author Jonathan Evison recommends the novel Songs for the Missing, by Stewart O'Nan, as a book with something to say about mysterious disappearances.
NPR | March 16, 2014 12:03 p.m.
From Afrika Bambaataa to Public Enemy, hip-hop is a culture relatable to Muslims around the world.
NPR | March 16, 2014 9:10 a.m.
In his 1973 debut novel, The Miernik Dossier, former CIA agent Charles McCarry combines a classic Cold War thriller with a road trip. Olen Steinhauer says it's one of the best spy novels ever written.
NPR | March 16, 2014 4:38 a.m.
The NYRB Classics imprint has reissued William Gass's 1976 raucous philosophical inquiry into the color blue. Reviewer Juan Vidal says it's more an experience to be had than a book to be read.
NPR | March 15, 2014 8:32 a.m.
In a new book, journalist Carl Hoffman lays out the case that when Michael Rockefeller disappeared on an art-collecting trip to New Guinea in 1961, he was likely killed by the local Asmat people.
NPR | March 15, 2014 4:03 a.m.
Siri Hustvedt's latest uses fragmented documents to tell the story of an artist who chooses men to present her work. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls the book complex, harrowing, playful and engrossing.
NPR | March 14, 2014 2:46 p.m.
After a week spent searching for and wondering about the missing plane, author Alan Heathcock revisits the young adult novel Hatchet, and Jonathan Evison suggests Songs for the Missing.
NPR | March 14, 2014 5:15 a.m.
Also: Winners of the National Book Critics Circle Award are announced; Martha Woodruff decodes the confusing world of book auctions.
NPR | March 13, 2014 1:47 p.m.
In 2008, Clark Rockefeller kidnapped his daughter and led police on a week-long chase. Turned out he wasn't a Rockefeller at all, he was an impostor who happened to be friends with writer Walter Kirn.
NPR | March 13, 2014 5:47 a.m.
Martha Woodroof continues her series on first novels with a look at the book auction: how do they work, how do authors react to them, and how on earth to you celebrate a big success?