Jul 29, 2011 — NPR coverage of Bel Canto: A Novel by Ann Patchett. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Blood Kin by Ceridwen Dovey. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Nov 29, 2010 — Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times correspondent David Rohde was captured by the Taliban in 2008. Seven months later, he mounted a daring escape. Now Rohde and his wife, Kristen Mulvihill, have written about their separate experiences dealing with his capture in the new book A Rope and a Prayer.
Sep 25, 2010 — The Colombian politician was on her way to a remote village when she was abducted by members of the FARC in 2002. At first she thought she'd be held for only a few weeks — but then six years passed. She says she didn't want to make it easy on her captors despite being tortured, underfed and forced to march through the rain forest.
May 19, 2010 — After journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee were detained in North Korea in 2009, Laura's sister, fellow journalist Lisa Ling, worked tirelessly to bring them home. In a conversation with contributor Dave Davies, the sisters detail the incident that ended with former President Bill Clinton bringing them home.
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.
Mar 13, 2008 — Ceridwen Dovey says it might be too early to call herself an author, but her first novel, Blood Kin, is being published in 11 countries. At 27, she has made a documentary film about farm labor relations in post-apartheid South Africa, studied anthropology at Harvard, and is now a doctoral student at New York University.
May 26, 2006 — Here's a way to travel, without suffering the high prices of fuel these days: Read one of Alan Cheuse's summer reading book picks. One of them is bound to move you someplace beyond your beach chair.
May 31, 2006 — Commentator Mark Bowden says he is surprised that so many people tell him the U.S. was to blame for the hostage crisis in 1979. He says the Iranians were wrong then, and they're wrong now in their brinksmanship over nuclear weapons. Later this week, we will hear another point of view from Barry Rosen, who was one of the hostages in Iran.
May 26, 2006 — Alan Cheuse selects Mark Bowden's account of the Iranian hostage crisis in his annual roundup of summer reading choices for All Things Considered: "This is Pulitzer-Prize material. Turn your keen eye to it."