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

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.

A Boy And His Jaguar Speak To Children Who Feel Misunderstood

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.

WWI Diaries Of Poet Siegfried Sassoon Go Public For First Time

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.

Book News: 'Lost' Dr. Seuss Stories To Be Published

NPR | Aug. 01, 2014 4:42 a.m.

Also: Hilton Als on Flannery O'Connor; Stephen Burt on poetry.

Where Love's Concerned, This 'Magic Barrel' Is No Magic Bullet

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.

Book News: George W. Bush Coming Out With Biography Of His Father

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.

This 'Suitcase' Is Packed With Sharp, Funny, Tragic Tales

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.

Want To See The World? Try A Library In Queens

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.

Book News: PEN Award Winners Include Poet Frank Bidart, Ron Childress

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.

An Unconventional Family On The Road To Happiness In 'Lucky Us'

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.

'Ride Around Shining' Reimagines Gatsby's Nouveau-Riche Excess

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.

Book News: Louise Shivers, Author Of 'Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail,' Dies

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.

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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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