Harlem (New York, N.Y.)
Jan 21, 2013 — In softcover fiction and nonfiction, Richard Ford tracks the fallout of two unlikely criminals robbing a bank, while Chris Pavone tells the story of a woman's transition from assassin to stay-at-home mom and Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts explores Harlem's mythic and modern sides.
Jun 27, 2012 — Amor Towles debuts with a crisp, 1930s Manhattan love story, while George Pelecanos and Sapphire return with novels that probe the dark sides of urban life. In nonfiction, Penn Jillette argues for atheism, and journalist Jane Gross reflects on caring for an aging parent.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Kid by Sapphire. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 6, 2011 — More than a decade after the novel Push was published, audiences can learn about the son of Push's heroine, Precious. The Kid shows how Abdul Jamal Jones fights for his future through love and art. Host Michel Martin speaks with author Sapphire about her books and why her literature has become a cultural phenomenon. (Language Advisory: This conversation contains language that may be considered too graphic for young listeners.)
May 31, 2011 — The season of pleasure reading is upon us, and the publishing world has readied a handful of thrilling titles to be released just in time for the summer heat. After surveying the crop, here are our picks for fun reading in the sun.
Feb 22, 2011 — Scandinavian lit is getting a bad reputation. The days of fairy tales are over and a new wave of crime fiction has painted a grim picture of the Nordic countries. Author Heidi Durrow offers three books to take you inside the real Nordic world, where ordinary characters live and love in extraordinary ways.
Feb 16, 2011 — In Harlem Is Nowhere, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts brings a dynamic new lens to the much-written-about New York neighborhood. Commentator Ralph Eubanks says the book's particular charm is in the urge it gives the reader to revisit the old Harlem classics.
Jan 31, 2011 — Harlem has served as an incubator both for African-American optimism, and for ongoing racial conflict. In her first book, Harlem Is Nowhere, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts writes of a Harlem where legacies of triumph and misfortune in America still duel. The reality, she finds, is somewhere in between.
Jan 25, 2011 — Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts' memoir of essays explores Harlem's current gentrifying transformation in relation to the Harlem Renaissance as chronicled by James Baldwin, Jean Toomer and other literary greats.
Nov 6, 2009 — The gritty realism of the film Precious is even more intense in the novel Push, upon which the film is based. Author Sapphire discusses the inspiration for her work — and her initial reluctance to allow her work to become a film.