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Book News: Harper Lee Says New Biography Is Unauthorized

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 5:53am

Also: Marvel's Thor is now a woman; the origins of cool.

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'Pirates In The Heartland': At Least This Review Is Safe For Work

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 5:03am

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.

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Jamil Ahmad, Who Published Debut Novel At 79, Dies At 83

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 3:02am

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).

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An Army Wife Charts Her Struggles In 'No Man's War'

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 1:01pm

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.

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Odin's Beard! Marvel Announces A New Thor — And She's A Woman

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:02pm

The comic book publisher said the new character will be the Thor of the Marvel Universe.

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Book News: Pakistani Civil Servant Who Published Debut Novel At 79 Dies

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 5:47am

Also: Kenyan author Okwiri Oduor has won the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing.

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En Garde! 'Traitor's Blade' Delivers Adventure At Swordpoint

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 5:03am

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.

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Travel Disasters Bring Out The Best, The Worst ... And The Cannibalism

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 1:29am

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.

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Was The Green Turtle The First Asian-American Superhero?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 1:28am

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.

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Writer Nadine Gordimer Captured Apartheid's Contradictions

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 3:15pm

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.

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'Mockingbird Next Door': A Genteel Peek Into Harper Lee's Quiet Life

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 1:32pm

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.

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How A Factory Man Fought To Save His Furniture Company

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 1:16pm

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.

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With Bright Benches, London Shows Off Its Love Of Books

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:12pm

The National Literacy Trust commissioned 50 artists to paint benches with scenes from famous books and placed them around London for the summer.

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Nadine Gordimer: Wise Words About Bettering A Troubled World

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:20am

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.

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Nadine Gordimer, Nobel-Winning Chronicler Of Apartheid, Dies

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 8:10am

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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Book News: Co-Author Of Book On How Not To Be Gored By A Bull Gets Gored

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 6:54am

Also: Police arrest a man in connection with an attack on author Colum McCann; Ted Scheinman asks his favorite writers what they do about writer's block.

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An 'Unexpected' Treat For Octavia E. Butler Fans

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 5:03am

When sci-fi legend Octavia E. Butler died in 2006, fans mourned the loss of works she could have written. Now, two unpublished stories are being released after a scholar found them among her papers.

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