Aug 2, 2012 — The Scummers is the last installment in Maynard's Crum trilogy. Maynard based Crum, his 1988 semi-autobiographical novel, on his small, poor West Virginia hometown. The people of Crum who know the book tend to love it or hate it. Maynard spoke with Terry Gross in 2003.
Nov 16, 2011 — A literary agent once told Jaimy Gordon she was a "small-press" author at heart. But in 2010, she won the National Book Award for fiction for her book, 'Lord Of Misrule.' Gordon talks about what the award has meant for her career.
Aug 3, 2011 — Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter's debut novel Bright's Passage reads like a protracted folk song and features many of the form's perennial motifs: Biblical names, blazing fires, ghosts in white lace and a beatific baby.
Jul 27, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Union Dues by John Sayles. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of Bright's Passage by Josh Ritter. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jun 27, 2011 — In Josh Ritter's first novel, Bright's Passage, a World War I soldier goes home to West Virginia and must protect himself and his infant son. The book contains Ritter's trademark combination of humor, gothic themes and fantastical imagery (an angel who inhabits the body of a horse).
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.
Mar 3, 2011 — National Book Award Winner Jaimy Gordon visits the racetrack, while baseball legend Willie Mays returns in a new authorized biography. Julian Assange gets a close-up from a former colleague, Mitt Romney lays out his vision for U.S. economic and foreign policy, and Gretchen Rubin gets happy.
Nov 18, 2010 — Gordon's Lord of Misrule and Smith's Just Kids were the big winners at the National Book Awards in New York. We were there to capture the laughter, the tears and the free caviar.