After Surviving Haiti's Earthquake, Laura Wagner Turned to Fiction

Pri-the-world |Jan. 12, 2015 2:22 p.m.

Laura Rose Wagner was in Haiti to research her Ph.D. thesis when a devastating earthquake hit in 2010. Wagner, like many others, spent hours trapped under the rubble. Now she's out with a new novel about making it through Haiti's post-earthquake life.

Remembering 'Generation Mex' Writer And Proud Outsider Michele Serros

NPR |Jan. 07, 2015 3:17 p.m.

Virologist Dr. Sheik Humar Khan has been hailed a hero treating Ebola in Sierra Leone. He cared for dozens of patients before testing positive for Ebola and dying of the lethal virus, late last month.

Book News: Egypt Bans Ridley Scott's 'Exodus' For 'Historical Inaccuracies'

NPR |Dec. 26, 2014 11:06 a.m.

Censors say the film takes liberties with its source material, the Book of Exodus, especially its depiction of the parting of the Red Sea. Also: American Sniper prepares to return to court.

A Christmas Classic by Dylan Thomas Is Set to Music

Pri-the-world |Dec. 24, 2014 1:39 p.m.

"A Child's Christmas in Wales" is a holiday classic by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Now the book comes to life in a new version set to music by Welsh singer-songwriter Cerys Matthews.

Book News: It's Snowing Poet Laureates

NPR |Dec. 24, 2014 8:19 a.m.

North Carolina named Shelby Stephenson its new poet laureate, just days after Ohio established a post for its own state poet. Massachusetts may not be too far behind.

Book News: For A Deeper Sleep, Forgo The E-Reader Before Bed

NPR |Dec. 23, 2014 8:01 a.m.

A new study finds that people who read print books at bedtime fall asleep easier — and sleep better — than those who use an e-reader. Also: JRR Tolkien may have survived war due to a timely illness.

Here Are the Books We Read This Year That We Think You'll Love

Pri-the-world |Dec. 19, 2014 2:43 p.m.

After another year of reading, the staff here at The World lists our favorite books of 2014.

India's New Comic Book Hero Fights Rape, Rides On The Back Of A Tiger

NPR |Dec. 16, 2014 3:46 p.m.

Her name is Priya and she is the star of a new graphic novel in India. She is gang-raped, her family and neighbors shun her — but then a Hindu goddess grants her special powers.

Ashland Daily Tidings: 'Wild' Author Recounts Journey From Book To Film

Medford Mail Tribune |Dec. 15, 2014 11:37 a.m.

Cheryl Strayed has watched her memoir "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" turn into a bestselling book that is now the basis for a critically acclaimed film starring Reese Witherspoon. She described what the experience has been like.

Forget Dora the Explorer: Where Are All the Kids Books on Immigrant Communities?

Pri-the-world |Dec. 12, 2014 9:10 p.m.

Advocates are pushing for more diversity in children's literature and that includes books about immigrant families.

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