Book News & Features

  • 3:43pm Feb 26, 2014
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    'The Natural' Of 1952 Holds Lessons For Today's MLB

    A new edition of Bernard Malamud's classic baseball story, The Natural, was just released. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN about how the 1952 novel is more relevant than ever.
  • 9:02pm Feb 21, 2014
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    Remembering Activist Poet Amiri Baraka

    Baraka was one of the key black literary voices of the 1960s. The political and social views that inspired his writing changed over the years, from his bohemian days as a young man in Greenwich Village to his later years as a Marxist. He spoke to Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 1986.
  • Romance novels
    1:26pm Feb 10, 2014
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    Romance Novels Sweep Readers Off Their Feet With Predictability

    At $1.4 billion, romance is by far the biggest sector of the publishing industry. Harper's editor Jesse Barron looked into the business of romance and its peculiarities for this month's issue. He says the key is copying the elements that made other authors successful — down to the cover model's pose.
  • 12:43pm Dec 27, 2013
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    Don't Call It Fanfic: Writers Rework Their Favorite Stories

    When writers finish a book, they may think they've had the last word — but sometimes another writer will decide there's more to the story, or more to a background character. NPR's Lynn Neary explores the fine old literary tradition of writing new stories based on existing books.
  • 7:31am Nov 30, 2013

    A London Cabbie's Guide To Lit Gifts

    Will Grozier, the incredibly well-read London cabbie, joins host Scott Simon to help tick through shopping lists with book recommendations for all sorts of family members and friends.
  • 3:36pm Nov 27, 2013
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    It Still Isn't Easy, But Independent Bookstores Are Doing Better

    Despite intense competition from Amazon and big-box retailers, there are more independent bookstores now than there were four years ago. Borders' bankruptcy, the "buy local" movement and cooperative publishers have all contributed to the renaissance.
  • 10:49am Nov 15, 2013
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    Judge: Google's Book Copying Doesn't Violate Copyright Law

    Google has prevailed in a long-running lawsuit over the millions of books the company has digitally scanned without permission from authors and publishers. A U.S. Circuit Court judge has ruled that it's "fair use" when Google scans portions of books for public to use.