Jul 29, 2011 — NPR coverage of Bel Canto: A Novel by Ann Patchett. 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 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.
Aug 11, 2008 — Set over a period of 24 hours, Run explores themes of family, race and identity. The book is Patchett's first novel since the acclaimed Bel Canto.
May 29, 2008 — Feeling left out when the conversation turns to Richard Wagner? Get to know the controversial composer's stunning music with help from William Berger, author of Wagner Without Fear.
Jul 1, 2007 — Lisa See's novel, Peony in Love, takes the reader to 17th century China and chronicles how a banned opera casts a spell on girls, causing many to die from lovesickness. See tells Liane Hansen that women in her family inspired elements of the book.
Dec 11, 2006 — Our book critic continues her list of the year's best in books. This time, she tells us about her favorites in mysteries and nonfiction.
Oct 21, 2006 — For centuries, an evening of dinner and the opera has been a popular combination. Food historian Francine Segan celebrates this combination with a new book of recipes inspired by beloved arias, overtures and composers.