Mar 9, 2013 — Dameron was a composer and pianist who fused the sophisticated arrangements of the Big Band era with bebop's complex harmonies. A new biography shines a light on the too-brief life of the man known as "The Architect of Bop."
Dec 28, 2012 — Our list of this year's best biographies focuses on books about individuals who lived their lives off the beaten path. From the story of a spy turned chef to the story of the real Count of Monte Cristo, these books chronicle subjects who refused to conform to the expectations of others.
Apr 19, 2012 — In A Natural Woman, Carole King chronicles her life as a legendary songwriter. It debuts at No. 10.
Apr 11, 2012 — Carole King wrote songs for others before becoming a performer and writing for herself. In her new memoir, A Natural Woman, she details the stories behind some of her most famous songs and her relationships with songwriters like James Taylor, Gerry Goffin and Paul Simon.
Apr 10, 2012 — Singer-songwriter Carole King started young: She was just 15 when she founded a doo-wop group with her classmates. The act never took off, but King eventually became one of the biggest-selling artists of all time. She tells the story of her career so far in a new memoir, A Natural Woman.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Line by Olga Grushin. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Ground Beneath Her Feet: A Novel by Salman Rushdie. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of Charles Jessold, Considered As a Murderer by Wesley Stace. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Mar 15, 2011 — Songwriter Hugh Martin, who co-wrote the classic song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" for Judy Garland's 1944 movie, Meet Me in St. Louis died on Friday. He was 96. Fresh Air remembers Martin with highlights from a 1989 interview.
Mar 10, 2011 — In Wesley Stace's Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer, a World War I-era composer is accused of murder/suicide — and two biographies within the novel attempt to get to the heart of the story. The novel raises questions of truth, blame and how to prove a dead man's innocence.