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Pioneering underground comic artist (and R. Crumb collaborator) S. Clay Wilson's work is not for the faint of heart — or uneasy of stomach. Volume 1 of a new anthology of his work is out now.
The Wandering Falcon received high praise and was shortlisted for the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize. (This piece initially aired June 16, 2011 on Morning Edition).
In her new book, Angela Ricketts writes about raising three kids while her husband deployed eight times over 22 years. Each separation "kind of blackens your soul," she says.
The comic book publisher said the new character will be the Thor of the Marvel Universe.
Also: Kenyan author Okwiri Oduor has won the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing.
Former fight choreographer Sebastien de Castell's debut novel is a little heavy on the swordplay — but the story of a disgraced king's guard fighting for honor and justice packs plenty of punch.
Tales about travel don't always end well: Planes crash into jungles and ships run aground. For NPR's "Book Your Trip" series, Lynn Neary considers the rich genre of travel disaster literature.
A new graphic novel written by Gene Luen Yang re-imagines the Green Turtle, a mysterious superhero created during World War II, as the American-born son of Chinese immigrants.
The South African Nobel laureate was an associate of Nelson Mandela's, and while she was never imprisoned, several of her books were banned by the government. She died Sunday at the age of 90.
After Harper Lee wrote To Kill A Mockingbird, she became a recluse and lived with her sister, Alice, in Alabama. Reporter Marja Mills uses rich detail to provides glimpses into their twilight years.
Virginia furniture owner John Bassett III was determined to beat out foreign competitors. Author Beth Macy documents him, and the collapse of the U.S. furniture industry, in her new book, Factory Man.
The National Literacy Trust commissioned 50 artists to paint benches with scenes from famous books and placed them around London for the summer.
She lived in a country where people suffered because of the color of their skin. And she had a knack for saying just the right thing to inspire us to stand up for all the world's needy souls.
Gordimer found her central theme exploring the human effects of racial injustice, but her work continued long after South Africa's apartheid regime had ended.
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