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Apr 20, 2013 — More and more writers are setting their novels and short stories in worlds, not unlike our own, where the Earth's systems are noticeably off-kilter. The genre has come to be called climate fiction — "cli-fi," for short.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Solar by Ian McEwan. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Apr 22, 2011 — Shirin Ebadi is the Iranian human-rights lawyer who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003. In her new book, The Golden Cage, she tells the story of the Iranian Revolution through three brothers: a monarchist, an anarchist and a revolutionary Islamist. All three met tragic ends.
Mar 9, 2011 — In fiction, Christopher Moore's goth teen countess returns, Ian McEwan merges marriage woes with climate change, and Lionel Shriver takes on the ailing health care system. In nonfiction, Deborah Amos describes the forced migration of Sunnis in Iraq, and Rebecca Skloot tells a story of immortality — of sorts.
Jul 24, 2010 — Will Grozier, who drives a taxi in London, is no ordinary cabbie. NPR's Scott Simon calls him "the best-read man that I have ever encountered in my life" — which is why NPR occasionally calls Grozier up for reading recommendations. Here are Grozier's latest picks, five books that are equally suitable for diving into on the beach or sampling on a short taxi ride.
Apr 2, 2010 — The main character of Ian McEwan's Solar is a Nobel Prize-winning climate change scientist who takes a trip to the Arctic. McEwan says he was inspired by humanity's ability to corrode good intentions with acts of pettiness.
Apr 1, 2010 — In Ian McEwan's new novel, a morally corrupt physicist is convinced he has the answer to the world's energy problem. Critic McAlpin recommends sticking out the bumps for an overall "turbocharged" read.
Apr 1, 2010 — Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown shares with Renee Montagne the best things she's been reading lately: on the growing pains of ambitious companies, working in your PJs and how losing your job can mean finding your life.
Mar 30, 2010 — A new comedy from Ian McEwan; the true-life adventures of the Victorian Brit who stole the secrets of tea from China; a Kenyan contemporary of Obama's father remembers the Mau Mau rebellion; and a new Russian master spins surprising fictional gold from the Godot-like tale of Soviet citizens waiting in an endless line.
May 3, 2006 — Shirin Ebadi, author of Iran Awakening and winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, discusses the standoff over Iran's nuclear program and the rhetoric of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. She also explains why she decided not to leave her homeland.