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

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.

Where's Thor When You Need Her? Women In Comics Fight An Uphill Battle

NPR | Oct. 10, 2014 6:03 a.m.

The new female Thor has picked up her hammer, but the mainstream comics industry is still experiencing some growing pains as it figures out where women fit in as characters, creators, and fans.

The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech

NPR | Oct. 06, 2014 6:33 a.m.

The Innovators, Walter Isaacson's new book, tells the stories of the people who created modern computers. Women, who are now a minority in computer science, played an outsize role in that history.

Vaccine Controversies Are As Social As They Are Medical

NPR | Sept. 30, 2014 5:39 a.m.

In writing her new book On Immunity, Eula Biss found that questions about vaccination touch on attitudes about environmentalism, citizenship and trust in the government.

A 19th-Century Novel Explains Quantitative Easing

NPR |Oct. 31, 2014 3:34 p.m.

This week, the Federal Reserve ended the quantitative easing program. Author John Lanchester says Anthony Trollope's 19th-century novel, The Way We Live Now, clarifies the current financial situation.

Spine-Tingling With A Twang: Great Alabama Ghost Stories

NPR |Oct. 31, 2014 1:41 p.m.

There's nothing like a good ghost story on Halloween — and some of the best tales were told by the late storyteller and NPR commentator Kathryn Tucker Windham.

Book News: J.K. Rowling Exposes Origin Of Harry Potter's 'Twee' Nemesis

NPR |Oct. 31, 2014 7:33 a.m.

Dolores Umbridge, enemy of the boy wizard, gets profiled in a new story from Rowling on Halloween. Also: Goodnight Moon goes bilingual, and a campaign for diverse books turns to crowd-funding.

'The Book Of Strange New Things' Treads Familiar Territory

NPR |Oct. 30, 2014 3:27 p.m.

Michel Faber's best-seller, The Crimson Petal and the White, captured the feel of Victorian London. His latest is a literary science-fiction tale that might disappoint hard core sci-fi fans.

Book News: Remembering Poet Galway Kinnell, Whose Song Said Everything

NPR |Oct. 30, 2014 7:40 a.m.

The Pulitzer Prize winner has died at the age of 87. In his deceptively simple poetry and in his activism, Kinnell sought to broaden his audience, even while grappling with difficult themes.

The Incredible Story Of Chilean Miners Rescued From The 'Deep Down Dark'

NPR |Oct. 29, 2014 10:39 a.m.

Hector Tobar had exclusive access to the 33 miners to report his new book detailing the claustrophobic horror they faced when they were trapped for 69 days in 2010. The result is a doozie.

Book News: Young Adult And Kids' Lit Boost E-Book Revenue

NPR |Oct. 29, 2014 7:59 a.m.

From January to July, e-book revenue grew 7.5 percent compared with the same period last year. Also: R.L. Stine tweets a horror, and poets slip into something a bit sexier.

A Candid Memoir From Comedian Amy Poehler? 'Yes Please'

NPR |Oct. 28, 2014 12:40 p.m.

Poehler joins Fresh Air's Terry Gross to talk about fighting the body image "demon," being a "world-class snooper" and how she was once told that she had a "great face for wigs."

Book News: 2 Popular Books May Be Coming To TV

NPR |Oct. 28, 2014 7:26 a.m.

Ann Leckie's sci-fi epic Ancillary Justice and Karen Russell's St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves have been optioned for TV. Meanwhile, a long-lost Malcolm Lowry novel sees publication.

'Slow Regard' Is A Riddle, Wrapped In A Mystery, Living In An Underground Tunnel

NPR |Oct. 28, 2014 4:03 a.m.

Patrick Rothfuss' new novella is a dreamy flight of fantasy that follows a secondary character in his vast Kingkiller Chronicle: Auri, a quiet young woman living in a sprawling, secret tunnel network.

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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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