Jun 30, 2013 — For decades, no one could crack the code to a mysterious ancient script called Linear B. In her new book, Margalit Fox tells the story of the forgotten woman who almost figured it out.
Jun 21, 2013 — NPR's go-to librarian recommends five "under the radar" books she thinks you should read this summer. They range from a Jane Austenesque love story to a real life, intellectual detective tale.
Jun 11, 2013 — Canadian writer Annabel Lyon has a special gift when it comes to time travel. Her new novel The Sweet Girl carries us back to ancient Greece, where a teenage girl learns from her philosopher father and fights for her safety in a dangerous world. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says the novel is a triumph.
May 20, 2013 — In softcover nonfiction, Jenny Rosenstrach examines dinnertime, Kate Summerscale recounts a scandalous Victorian trial, and John Dramani Mahama looks back on his childhood in Ghana. In fiction, Victor Davis Hanson reimagines an ancient battle, and Marie NDiaye follows three women from Senegal to Europe.
Aug 30, 2012 — Novelist Bernard Cornwell returns to Saxon England while Libyan writer Hisham Matar delivers a tale of loss and Madeline Miller's debut reimagines The Iliad. In nonfiction, Sally Jacobs examines Obama's father, and Jim Steinmeyer recalls a magician who rivaled Houdini.
Oct 17, 2011 — While films have popularized some of the most important battles of ancient Greece, one of the most stunning military victories of all time, the Battle of Leuktra, has remained shrouded in mystery. In his first work of historical fiction, historian Victor Davis Hanson re-imagines the epic defeat.
Oct 10, 2011 — Homage to the Iliad lingers in literature even today, but most retellings do not live up to the grandeur of their ancient ancestor. Author Dawn Tripp recommends a rare find that does measure up — the haunting Homeric novel Ransom, by David Malouf.
Sep 1, 2011 — To crime writer Petros Markaris, the Athens of today is both a peaceful Balkan haven and a symbol of the ugliness of modern, corrupt societies. In his detective novels, Markaris takes on the financial and social crises sweeping Greece.
Aug 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Che Committed Suicide by Petros Markaris. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Histories by Herodotus. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.