In her debut novel, former cellist Aja Gabel follows four musicians as they come together and entertain ambitions to strike out on their own — on and off stage.
Cartoonist Michael Kupperman's new memoir recounts his attempts to get at a great mystery in his father's life — his childhood in the spotlight as a contestant on the Quiz Kids radio show.
Maxim Loskutoff's collection of short stories picks at the tensions between city and country among everyday Westerners — who find themselves living among heavily-armed separatist militias.
"This is a question of black body versus black brain," says sports writer Howard Bryant. "In the United States, the black body has always been what's been compensated."
Mike Pesca's new book imagines 31 counterfactual "what if" hypotheticals in sports, from home runs taken off the board to a boycott of the 1936 Olympics in Hitler's Germany.
The author of Bonfire of the Vanities and The Right Stuff used to give himself a quota of 10 triple-spaced pages per day. He also experimented with literary techniques in his non-fiction.
Dave Zirin's new biography portrays a black liberation activist with a conservative streak, a man with an alleged history of violence against women and maybe the greatest running back in NFL history.
Scholar Stephen Greenblatt says Shakespeare wrote his histories as a commentary on the era he lived in — and those plays still have important things to say about our current political climate.
Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett are writing a children's book trilogy about shapes who are just like us. The second installment follows a straight-laced square who wonders if he's really a genius.
The Aspen Institute's prize recognizes fiction that tackles today's thorniest social issues. But just one writer will win inaugural honors at a ceremony hosted by NPR's Linda Holmes and Michel Martin.
The book is based on conversations Hurston had with Cudjo Lewis, who was brought to this country on the last trans-Atlantic slave ship. It's a unique document of Lewis' life before and after slavery.