Sep 5, 2013 — Shon Hopwood was in prison for more than a decade. There, the bank robber became a jailhouse lawyer who got a fellow prisoner's case heard before the Supreme Court. Now a law student, he'll be a clerk at one of the nation's most prestigious courts. The judge who put him in prison is stunned.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Outside Valentine by Liza Ward. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Echo Maker by Richard Powers. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Apr 11, 2011 — Willa Cather's pioneer tale is often considered a young adult novel — but don't be fooled by the deceptively simple prose. Writer Bradford Morrow says older readers who return to the subtly sophisticated narrative will find new perspectives on their own journeys.
Nov 20, 2006 — Richard Powers is the author of nine novels. His latest, The Echo Maker, won the 2006 National Book Award for Fiction. He teaches creative writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Nov 16, 2006 — Star writers gathered in New York City on Wednesday night for the National Book Awards ceremony. Books dealing with the events of Sept. 11, and war, were among the nominees. A graphic novel was also among the nominees, a first. Among the winners was Richard Powers' The Echo Maker, which took the prize for fiction.
Dec 31, 2005 — As we reach the end of the year, U.S. poet laureate Ted Kooser joins host Melissa Block to read a reflection — in prose — on welcoming in a new year, from his book Local Wonders.
Oct 19, 2005 — Ted Kooser is the nation's poet laureate and a Pulitzer Prize winner, but he's the first to agree that writing poems isn't easy. He only wants you to think it is when you read one of his poems.
Sep 26, 2004 — Liza Ward's first novel is a fictionalization of the infamous 1958 Nebraska killing spree by Charles Starkweather. Ward talks to NPR's Liane Hansen about her compelling connection to the events.