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July 31, 2014 2 Comments

New Novel Tells The Story Of The First Mass School Shooting

On August 1, 1966, a young man started shooting from the clock tower on the University of Texas campus in Austin.

July 30, 2014 Comment

Another Look At The Summer Of 1927 With Bill Bryson

The book “One Summer: America, 1927″ looks at the events of the summer of 1927 and how they reflected and shaped America.

July 21, 2014 Comment

Boxing Attracts More Than Would-Be Fighters

At the Ring Boxing Club, boxers range in age, are both men and women, and include an award-winning author.

July 16, 2014 Comment

Deborah Harkness Brings Her ‘All Souls’ Trilogy To A Close

Readers have been eagerly awaiting the conclusion of the series that began with “A Discovery of Witches.”

July 15, 2014 2 Comments

‘Rocks Off’: The Stones Keep Rolling

Author Bill Janovitz shares a listening guide to the songs that sum up the Rolling Stone’s tumultuous and far-reaching career.

July 14, 2014 Comment

Nobel Prize-Winning Author Nadine Gordimer Dies

We remember the South African author with her friend Albie Sachs, who was a judge on the Constitutional Court.

July 10, 2014 11 Comments

Authors Come Down On Different Sides In Amazon-Hachette Dispute

Best-selling author Scott Turow and indie author Valerie Douglas weigh in on the fight.

July 9, 2014 Comment

YA Novel ‘Say What You Will’ Draws Inspiration From Teens With Disabilities

When author Cammie McGovern’s oldest son was diagnosed with autism, she formed a program for children with disabilities.

July 8, 2014 3 Comments

Time Travel For The Everyday Adventurer

Petra Mayer, NPR Book Editor, shares a group of time traveling tales that will inject a sense of adventure into anyone’s summer.

July 4, 2014 Comment

Ben Franklin’s Not-So-Famous Sister

Jane Franklin is mostly lost to history, but a Harvard historian found her in the letters she and her brother exchanged over their long lives.

July 4, 2014 4 Comments

The Man Behind ‘The Star Spangled Banner’

Francis Scott Key, who is most famous for penning “The Star Spangled Banner,” was a prominent lawyer and confidant to Andrew Jackson.

July 3, 2014 Comment

Remembering Children’s Book Author Walter Dean Myers

The award-winning author and former ambassador for young people’s literature died this week at the age of 76.

July 2, 2014 Comment

Smith Henderson Taps Montana Roots For Critically Acclaimed Debut Novel

“Fourth of July Creek” is set in the author’s home state and centers on a social worker who becomes entangled with a survivalist.

July 1, 2014 3 Comments

Books To Check Out This Summer

Here & Now producer Emiko Tamagawa has compiled this list of good reads we’ve featured in the past year.

July 1, 2014 Comment

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Return To Fiction Now In Paperback

We revisit our conversation with the bestselling author of “Eat, Pray, Love” about her new novel, “The Signature of All Things.”

June 30, 2014 5 Comments

Archie To Meet Untimely Death

In the spinoff series “Life With Archie,” the comic hero who has been captivating fans since 1941 will be killed while saving a friend.

June 27, 2014 Comment

Tom Perrotta Brings ‘The Leftovers’ To HBO

Critics loved Tom Perrotta’s “The Leftovers” in 2011. Now, the author is the co-creator and executive producer for HBO’s adaptation of the novel.

June 27, 2014 6 Comments

Millennials Prefer City Life To Suburban Life

According to Leigh Gallagher’s “The End of Suburbs,” the next generation of home buyers are abandoning their suburban roots.

June 26, 2014 Comment

Lisa See Illuminates Chinese Nightclub Scene Of Pre-WWII San Francisco

The novel “China Dolls” takes the reader to the late 1930s, when Chinese nightclubs became extremely popular.

June 25, 2014 2 Comments

Neil Gaiman Brings A Multimedia Extravaganza To Carnegie Hall

The acclaimed English author will be performing his latest work with a live musical score and projected illustrations.

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July 30 Comment

As War And Conflicts Proliferate, Children Become Unwary Victims And Targets

Kids have always suffered during war and crisis, but there's a sense the burden of instability is being increasingly borne by children.

July 30 3 Comments

California Drought: A Central Valley Farmer’s Experience

Last month was the hottest June on Earth since records began in 1880, making the West Coast drought even harder for farmers.

July 29 13 Comments

U.S. ‘Border Crisis’ In A Global Context

Bill Frelick of Human Rights Watch says what the U.S. is seeing is dwarfed by the massive flow of refugees into other countries, such as Italy.

July 29 4 Comments

Iraq War Vet Returns To A Broken Country

Roy Scranton says what he found in Baghdad "shows the evidence of the truth of what we'd actually done."