Apr 18, 2012 — Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbo is back, along with filmmaker Albert Brooks, whose first novel is about America in the year 2030. There's also Jo Ann Beard's debut novel about a 14-year-old in the 1970s; James Tate's selected poems; and technology writer Stephen Baker's look at the computer that competed against humans on Jeopardy!
Dec 13, 2011 — NPR's go-to librarian would like you to meet some friends of hers — from six novels and one work of history. As you read, these artfully developed characters will become more and more real. Pearl says that when the stories ended, she was left longing for the people she'd met between the pages.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Channeling Mark Twain by Carol Muske-Dukes. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of I Hotel by Karen Tei Yamashita. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Apr 30, 2011 — In her new novel, In Zanesville, writer Jo Anne Beard tells the story of two 9th grade girls, struggling to deal with life in a small town and pressure from the 'popular kids.'
Mar 7, 2011 — It can feel like a chore to read an overly hyped book, but Colum McCann's celebrated novel Let the Great World Spin is an engrossing exception. Playwright Wendy MacLeod says that the prismatic tale about a day in the intersecting lives of New Yorkers has earned its rave reviews — and then some.
Nov 17, 2010 — On Tuesday evening in New York City, the finalists for the National Book Award gathered on the eve of the ceremony to read from their work. NPR was there to capture the celebration.
Jun 7, 2010 — 2010's best century-hopping novels will transport you from Europe of a millennium ago to '60s-era San Francisco, with stops in Spain and Berlin, and raucous encounters with Moors and Romantic poets, along the way. What more do you need except a sturdy sand chair?