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August 28, 2014 Comment

Wally Lamb Finds Real Life Inspiration For Novel ‘We Are Water’

A devastating flood and the mysterious death of an African-American artist in Lamb’s hometown of Norwich, Conn., provided inspiration.

August 26, 2014 95 Comments

A Fan Says No To Football

Steve Almond writes, “our allegiance to football legitimizes and ever fosters within us a tolerance for violence, greed, racism, and even homophobia.”

August 13, 2014 8 Comments

Lois Lowry Says ‘The Giver’ Stays True To Spirit Of Her Book

More than 20 years after the award-winning book was published, the first movie adaptation comes out Friday.

August 13, 2014 4 Comments

Couple Embraces Nomadic Retirement

Four years ago, Lynne and Tim Martin decided to sell everything they own and start a global journey together.

August 5, 2014 Comment

Paul Reiser Tells Stories About Some Of Comedy’s Greats

The actor is tapping into his memories from the hit 1990s TV show “Mad About You,” and the lessons he’s learned from comedy greats.

August 5, 2014 Comment

WWI Poet’s Diaries Now Online

The notebooks of British war poet Siegfried Sassoon are being published for the first time.

August 4, 2014 Comment

Book Gives Fly-On-The-Wall Access To Nixon Presidency

The voice-activated recordings that Nixon had made between February 1971 and January 1973 are transcribed in “The Nixon Tapes.”

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.

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August 28 Comment

Catching Up With The Polyphonic Spree

The choral rock band out of Dallas, Texas, has been thrilling audiences with its live performances for over a decade.

August 28 5 Comments

‘Enormous’ Growth Of Ocean Garbage Patch

The oceanographer who discovered the floating island of trash in 1997 says he's shocked by how much it's grown.

August 27 Comment

Veteran Honored, But Struggles To Keep Business Open

Former Marine Matt Victoriano is being recognized as a "Champion of Change" at the White House.

August 27 40 Comments

In Defense Of Schlock Music: Why We Love/Hate It

Music critic Jody Rosen defends the kind of over-the-top, sentimental songs that Journey, Lionel Richie, Billy Joel and Prince made famous.