Sep 13, 2012 — Novels from Mat Johnson, Hector Tobar and Ayad Akhtar bring fresh perspectives to racial and religious politics. In nonfiction, Mike Birbiglia chronicles his life as a comedian with a sleepwalking disorder and Steven Brill examines the standards-and-accountability school reform movement.
Jan 17, 2012 — Ayad Akhtar's debut novel, American Dervish, tells the story of a Pakistani-American boy in Milwaukee coming to terms with his religion and identity. Akhtar drew on his own experiences exploring the Muslim faith as a teenager growing up in Wisconsin.
Jan 5, 2012 — Playwright and author Ayad Akhtar draws from his own childhood in Wisconsin to tell the story of a 10-year-old Pakistani-American's romantic and religious awakening.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Dec 1, 2010 — This week in fiction, an unlikely English love story reveals class and racial tensions in an English village, while in nonfiction, two postwar pop-culture icons share their life stories, and two respected journalists tackle the financial crisis and the rise of Dubai.
Jul 28, 2010 — Hotels, pools, beaches, airplanes: all good places to ignite a summer fling — or read about one. Here are six recent titles that will let you explore, from the safety of your deck chair, our human capacity for ecstasy and pain.