Dec 17, 2012 — If the conspiracy theorists are right, we only have a few more days before the end of the world. Author Ben H. Winters describes his favorite pre-apocalyptic works of fiction. Do you have a favorite doomsday masterpiece? Tell us in the comments.
Nov 16, 2011 — Author and illustrator Peter Sis is known for his fantastical children's books, but his latest project is meant for more grown-up imaginations. Adapted from a 12th century Persian poem, The Conference of the Birds tells the story of thousands of birds who together fly off in search of their king.
Nov 2, 2011 — Czech-born artist Peter Sis makes a case for the printed page with a gorgeously illustrated retelling of a 12th century Sufi poem. In The Conference of the Birds, Sis crafts a richly inked parable of a flight of birds that speaks to the painful but beautiful human journey toward understanding.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Union Dues by John Sayles. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Sunlight Dialogues by John Gardner and Charles Johnson. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Return of the Player by Michael Tolkin. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jan 3, 2011 — In our daily barrage of information, real insight can be hard to come by — it's easy to become overwhelmed or uninspired by our endless consumption of facts. Author Gish Jen recommends three fable-like fictions that reveal the fanciful side of daily realities.
Jun 4, 2007 — Summer is the season we can finally tackle the books that have been piling up on our desks and forming small mountains on the floor. Book critic Alan Cheuse offers a selection of some of the best books of late spring and early summer, and some classics that are always present in his literary landscape.
Jun 4, 2007 — Book critic Alan Cheuse describes John Gardner's signature 1972 novel as a "dramatic encounter between modern life and ancient mythology." Largely known for his books about the art of writing, Gardner's own fiction is showcased in this upstate New York epic, Cheuse says.
Sep 20, 2006 — The new novel The Return of the Player is writer Michael Tolkin's sequel to his 1988 Hollywood satire The Player, which was made into a hit film. Book critic Veronique de Turenne says the sequel is worth the wait — an unlikely study of love, faith, existential angst — and of course, the ugly side of making movies.