Ellroy's new novel, Perfidia, follows the Los Angeles police response to a brutal murder on the eve of Pearl Harbor. In a vintage steakhouse, the author discusses the book and his tech-free lifestyle.
NPR | Sept. 08, 2014 6:41 a.m.
Seuss died in 1991, but a new collection of his lesser-known work comes this week. Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories includes four tales Seuss originally wrote as magazine columns.
NPR | Aug. 30, 2014 9:33 a.m.
In her new collection Worn Stories, Emily Spivack compiles odes to beloved pieces of clothing, written by celebrities and fashionistas.
AP | Sept. 05, 2014 8:15 a.m.
Calvin Trillin, Elizabeth Gilbert and local poet Zach Schomburg are among those scheduled to appear at a birthday bash Literary Arts is throwing for itself as it marks its 30th anniversary.
NPR | Aug. 11, 2014 12:33 p.m.
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.
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.
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 |Sept. 16, 2014 4:03 a.m.
Musician John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats tries his hand at fiction in Wolf in White Van, the story of a disfigured genius who creates an immersive roleplaying game set in an imagined world.
NPR |Sept. 15, 2014 6:46 a.m.
Also: writers ask Amazon's board to end battle with Hachette; notable books coming out this week.
NPR |Sept. 14, 2014 10:22 a.m.
Everyone wants to "make a difference" but the question is: how? Journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn set out to find the answer in their new book, A Path Appears.
NPR |Sept. 14, 2014 8:56 a.m.
"It's sort of like comparing making a fire and building a house," says John Darnielle.
NPR |Sept. 14, 2014 2:29 a.m.
Dystopian literature usually focuses on global ills — climate change, GMO food, nuclear war. But Darin Bradley's new novel takes off from an economic collapse and the plight of student-loan debtors.
NPR |Sept. 13, 2014 3:39 p.m.
Her new collection, Stone Mattress, features characters still shaped by events in their youth. She's also working on a project that's all about the future: a book that won't be read for a century.
NPR |Sept. 13, 2014 9:47 a.m.
A champion of abortion rights, the Texas gubernatorial candidate reveals she terminated two of her pregnancies — once because her life was endangered.
NPR |Sept. 13, 2014 7:03 a.m.
Kim Harrison bids farewell to her long-running Hollows series of urban fantasies in spectacular fashion; reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls Witch "a rollercoaster ride of interlocking shenanigans."
NPR |Sept. 13, 2014 2:36 a.m.
There are no winners in Joseph O'Neill's new novel The Dog, just a long downward spiral into stalemate as the nameless narrator flees a bad breakup and gets mired in shady financial dealings in Dubai.
NPR |Sept. 12, 2014 5:12 p.m.
Next week the people of Scotland vote on whether to become independent from the U.K. Author Marie Mutsuki Mockett recommends a book that illuminates the Scottish psyche, Iain Banks' The Crow Road.