Literary Arts Takes Control Of Wordstock Book Festival

OPB |Sept. 19, 2014 5:47 p.m.

The Wordstock book festival will reboot as one-day event at Portland Art Museum, and Powell's Books is back on board.

Jacqueline Woodson On Being A 'Brown Girl' Who Dreams

NPR |Sept. 19, 2014 11:37 a.m.

A team of researchers are using multispectral imaging to uncover hidden text on a 1491 Martellus map, one of the most important maps in history. Lead researcher Chet Van Duzer thinks the discoveries will allow historians and scholars to see just how the map influenced cartography in its time.

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel Awarded MacArthur Fellowship

NPR |Sept. 19, 2014 4:57 a.m.

One of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants" went to cartoonist Alison Bechdel, inventor of a simple three-question test for how women are represented in films.

Hachette Authors Take Their Case To Amazon's Board Of Directors

NPR |Sept. 16, 2014 4:59 a.m.

Authors United — the group of some 1,100 writers signed to the publishing company Hachette — has drafted a letter to the members of Amazon's board of directors asking it to intercede in the dispute between the publisher and the online retailer over the price of e-books. The stakes are growing as the fall publishing season gets underway, and the nation's largest bookseller continues to impede sales of Hachette books.

Hip-Hop In Print: Brooklyn Publisher Looks To 'Reverse Gentrify' Literature

NPR |Aug. 30, 2014 9:33 a.m.

The philosophical rapper says he has high expectations of his audience and what he's made for them.

In 1879, Explorers Set Sail To Solve Arctic Mystery, Once And For All

NPR |Aug. 25, 2014 8:25 a.m.

The Republican lawmaker from Virginia who died this week was not afraid to go against his party, or reach across the aisle, to stand against corruption.

'Giver' Fans Likely To Be Disappointed By Movie's Pace

NPR |Aug. 18, 2014 1:44 p.m.

"Los Angeles Times" and "Morning Edition" film critic Kenneth Turan reviews "The Giver," starring Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges. It's an adaptation of the young adult novel by Lois Lowry about a world where emotion and feeling have been done away with.

Thoughts Of Fall Butt Into Lazy Day Of Summer

NPR |Aug. 18, 2014 5:11 a.m.

For our look at summer poetry, we turn to Charlotte Boulay, a Philadelphia-based poet, with "The End of Summer." She offers us a poem that, on its surface, is about an idyllic summertime activity: taking a nap in the grass. But undercutting this lazy day is a sense of dread: fall is coming, and the conflicts and demands of the real world are inevitable.

James Brown's Daughter Recalls A Painful Childhood in 'Cold Sweat'

NPR |Aug. 16, 2014 4:53 a.m.

Reviewer Richard Torres calls Yamma Brown's new memoir of her father a valuable, warts-and-all portrait of a troubled icon — and the way the cycle of abuse can turn through famous families.

WWI Diaries Of Poet Siegfried Sassoon Go Public For First Time

NPR |Aug. 01, 2014 3:29 p.m.

Printing your own book used to be seen as a mark of failure. But now, there are many well-known independent authors who have made a fortune self-publishing online.

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