Feb 22, 2012 — This week brings the final installment in Stieg Larsson's Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series, a send-up of Nabokov and Shakespeare by Arthur Phillips, and a spiritual fantasy by Kevin Brockmeier. In nonfiction, physicist Michio Kaku peers into the future, and Stephen Hawking regards the universe's grand design.
Jan 20, 2012 — Smart, scintillating reads are hard to find — especially when you like your protagonists nerdy. Author Lev Grossman offers three great reads for the geeks in all of us.
Jan 7, 2012 — In A Discovery Of Witches, a scholar unleashes an underworld of creatures. It debuts at No. 13.
Dec 28, 2011 — Just in time for New Year's reading, Stewart O'Nan returns with a captivating look at the life of a widow, while Deborah Harkness offers a tale of magical mayhem unleashed by a manuscript at Oxford. In nonfiction, Karen Armstrong invites readers to deepen their compassion and Amy Chua offers a call to arms for "Tiger Mothers."
Aug 17, 2011 — For those readers looking to exercise their brains while lounging by the pool, this summer has some great reading options. These five engaging books are witty, smart and, best of all, a lot of fun.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Apr 23, 2011 — The Tragedy of Arthur, the new novel by Arthur Phillips, tells the story of a con man, his son and an undiscovered work by William Shakespeare. Phillips speaks to Scott Simon about fraud and family drama.
Apr 19, 2011 — Taking a page from Nabokov's Pale Fire, Arthur Phillips' new novel The Tragedy of Arthur presents a "long-lost" Shakespearean play, along with a foreword by a less-than-convinced narrator, also named Arthur Phillips. The playful conceit leads to a ribald, wily debate about authenticity and delusion.
Jul 31, 2010 — Adam Langer's enigmatic new novel, The Thieves Of Manhattan, twists and turns like a Mobius strip. The author speaks with Liane Hansen about his myriad influences, his love of puzzles, and how his novel simultaneously skews and celebrates the industry of literature.