Sep 17, 2013 — Nicholson Baker's latest novel, Traveling Sprinkler, revolves around Paul Chowder, a lonely poet who's fascinated by drone warfare and Debussy. Chowder was the star of Baker's 2009 novel The Anthologist, and reviewer Heller McAlpin welcomes his reappearance — though not his political rants.
Aug 5, 2013 — Earlier this summer, NPR's Backseat Book Club — our book club for young readers — asked you to weigh in on your favorite books for kids age 9-14. We heard from more than 2,000 of you, and our expert panel has whittled your hundreds and hundreds of nominations down to a list of 100 great reads.
Jan 20, 2012 — Smart, scintillating reads are hard to find — especially when you like your protagonists nerdy. Author Lev Grossman offers three great reads for the geeks in all of us.
Nov 7, 2011 — Lerner captures the sense of everyday life with an unusual focus on thoughts rather than incident, betting on the premise that these thoughts are the events, rather than the stuff in between them.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of A Free Life by Ha Jin. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Invisible by Paul Auster. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Timbuktu: A Novel by Paul Auster. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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.
Apr 15, 2010 — Librarian Nancy Pearl shares the work of a few of her best-loved poets. They include a former nun who wrote about Marilyn Monroe, a man who was left paralyzed after a bicycle accident, and writers who — despite the sometimes rigid requirements of their chosen form — find surprising, inventive ways to use words.