Jul 27, 2011 — NPR coverage of Herzog by Saul Bellow. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Music Teacher by Barbara Hall. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim by Jonathan Coe. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
May 4, 2011 — If you want to learn about success, talk to a successful person. If you want to learn about failure, talk to a very successful person. In his new book Fail Up, TV and radio host Tavis Smiley offers 20 lessons in turning setbacks into success.
Mar 15, 2011 — Tea Obreht makes her sparkling debut with the folkloric Tiger's Wife, and another new author, Cara Hoffman, holds her own with the creepy but elegant So Much Pretty. A Jay-Z biography falls short, but Jonathan Coe's humorous novel about Internet loneliness is an acerbic glimpse of modern times.
May 18, 2009 — There's a little thing author Jeffrey Eugenides does when he can't write. When he's feeling sleepy, when his head is in a fog, he reaches across his desk, digs under the piles of unanswered mail, and unearths his copy of Herzog by Saul Bellow.
Feb 21, 2009 — Television writer and musician Barbara Hall got the idea for her latest novel after taking violin lessons from a music teacher who seemed angry that she wanted to learn. Hall discusses her book, The Music Teacher and the idea that not everyone is called to be a professional musician; some are called to teach.