Jun 16, 2013 — The fictional tale about war correspondents will make you laugh till the person next to you on the subway thinks you have problems. It is also, according to writer Alexander Nazaryan, an all-too-real parody of the glory days of print journalism.
Oct 23, 2012 — Howard Jacobson's new novel, Zoo Time, is the comic tale of a frustrated writer, tormented by the women in his life and struggling to finish his novel in a disintegrating publishing industry. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says the book, sadly, is nowhere near as funny as it's trying to be.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Exit Ghost by Philip Roth. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of So Brave, Young, and Handsome by Leif Enger. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of How I Became a Famous Novelist by Steve Hely. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Nov 3, 2010 — When Raymond Khoury reads humor, he wants it to be about something. He recommends three seriously funny reads — about the war in Iraq, the decay of fiction and the questions of science — that address 21st century troubles with razor-sharp wit.
Sep 16, 2009 — Comedy writer Steve Hely details the journey of a young writer's effort to create the greatest best seller of all time in his new novel How I Became a Famous Novelist.
May 14, 2009 — When New Zealand writer Janet Frame died, she left behind works that were too personal to publish in her lifetime. In Towards Another Summer, Frame writes with such exquisite sensitivity that even this slim story about a weekend holiday is shattering.
Jun 17, 2008 — Set in the American West in 1915, Leif Enger's new novel, So Brave, Young and Handsome, is rife with train robbers, cowboys and Pinkerton detectives. The novel is a follow-up to the author's best-selling debut, Peace Like a River.
Apr 11, 2008 — On Friday, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Philip Roth is being honored at Columbia University in commemoration of his 75th birthday. The National Book Foundation is celebrating the event with an online exhibit of Roth's work. Roth, a frequent guest on Fresh Air, talks with Terry Gross about his celebrated career.