May 17, 2013 — Sookie Stackhouse has one last adventure in Charlaine Harris' Dead Ever After. It debuts at No. 4.
Sep 18, 2012 — Attica Locke was inspired to write her new novel after attending an interracial couple's wedding on a plantation. The Cutting Season tells the story of two murders set a century apart. The past, Locke says, "walks with us still."
Aug 19, 2012 — Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the devastating losses and the inept government response, dominated the news cycle for a few months. But New Orleans residents' struggle to return home never stopped. Writer Daniel Wolff's new book follows several Crescent City characters as they rebuild after the disaster.
Jun 2, 2012 — The Fish That Ate the Whale tells the story of Sam Zemurray, a Jewish immigrant who came to the U.S. as a teenager and became one of the biggest players in the banana business. "He's like the American dream in the shape of a single life," says author Rich Cohen.
Nov 14, 2011 — Society has a fascination with crime — we can't seem to look away from the yellow police tape. Author Duane Swierczynski recommends three thrilling crime stories told in graphic-novel form.
Aug 21, 2011 — The arc of American culture can be found in the nation's music. Author Tom Piazza shares that story in his new collection of essays, called Devil Sent the Rain: Music and Writing in Desperate America.
Aug 20, 2011 — NPR coverage of Devil Sent the Rain: Music and Writing in Desperate America by Tom Piazza. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 28, 2011 — NPR coverage of Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of A Million Nightingales by Susan Straight. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jan 16, 2011 — In January 1811, 500 armed slaves rose up from the plantations and set out to conquer the city of New Orleans. Host Guy Raz speaks with Daniel Rasmussen, author of the new book American Rising: The Untold Story of America's Largest Slave Revolt.