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If These Shorts Could Talk ... New Book Tells 'Worn Stories'

13 hours 1 min ago

In her new collection Worn Stories, Emily Spivack compiles odes to beloved pieces of clothing, written by celebrities and fashionistas.

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Hopscotching To 100: An Appreciation Of Julio Cortázar

13 hours 27 min ago

The great Argentinian writer Julio Cortázar was born 100 years ago this week; while Cortázar is known for the surreal masterpiece Hopscotch, critic Juan Vidal says it's his poetry that resonates.

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Hip-Hop In Print: Brooklyn Publisher Looks To 'Reverse Gentrify' Literature

15 hours 8 min ago

Prodigy, one half of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, is the curator of Infamous Books, an imprint of Brooklyn-based independent publisher Akashic Books. His debut novel H.N.I.C. was published in 2013.

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In An Earthquake, History Fuels One Writer's Anxiety

August 29, 2014 - 12:12pm

An earthquake in Napa Valley this week brought back old fears for author Gustavo Arellano. In his anxiety he's revisiting the book A Crack in the Edge of the World.

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Florida-Grown Fiction: Hiaasen Satirizes The Sunshine State

August 29, 2014 - 9:14am

Novelist and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen writes with passion about the state he loves. His book, Bad Monkey, is an offbeat murder mystery set in Key West. Originally broadcast June 13, 2013.

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John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, And Lives To Write About It

August 29, 2014 - 9:14am

The 68-year-old film director hitchhiked from Baltimore to San Francisco for his book Carsick. He says hitchhiking is "the worst beauty regimen ever." Originally broadcast June 10.

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Book News: Born to Write? Bruce Springsteen To Publish A Children's Book

August 29, 2014 - 3:18am

Also: the case for a more inclusive literary culture; health care and the modern writer.

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Rep. Ryan Calls For 'Culture Of Inclusion' To Tackle Poverty

August 28, 2014 - 11:33pm

Congressman and former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan discusses his new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.

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What's A Writer Gotta Do To Get A Little Health Care Around Here?

August 28, 2014 - 1:22pm

When you're making plans to become a famous author, just remember that you're going to want health care — especially when 40 rolls around and your body is no longer made of rubber.

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Teen Drama? Occult Thriller? Gritty War Epic? 'Bone Clocks' Is All Three

August 28, 2014 - 12:26pm

David Mitchell's new novel might span five perspectives and six decades, but he brings this complex mix together with signature elegance. The combination makes for a thrilling read.

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Book News: Former Poet Laureate Robert Hass Wins $100,000 Poetry Prize

August 28, 2014 - 3:37am

Also: Leslie Jamison on a lonely whale; Ben Lerner on writing fiction.

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'Kill My Mother' Is A Darkly Drawn Confection

August 28, 2014 - 3:03am

Veteran cartoonist Jules Feiffer has just written his first graphic novel, the noirish Kill My Mother. Reviewer Alan Cheuse is discovering graphic novels equally late, but still finds it a good read.

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Telling Crimea's Story Through Children's Books

August 28, 2014 - 3:02am

Blending history, myth and geopolitics, Lily Hyde uses fairy tales to teach children and young adults about Eastern European history. To cover the current unrest, though, she has put fiction on hold.

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Raising A Birthday Glass To Comics King Jack Kirby

August 27, 2014 - 11:44pm

This Thursday is comics legend Jack Kirby's birthday; the creator of Captain America would have been 97. Comics stores and creators all over the country are hosting celebrations in his honor.

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