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Apr 20, 2013 — More and more writers are setting their novels and short stories in worlds, not unlike our own, where the Earth's systems are noticeably off-kilter. The genre has come to be called climate fiction — "cli-fi," for short.
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.
Oct 19, 2011 — Elmore Leonard takes on Somali pirates in his latest thriller, while former President George W. Bush defends his decision points, biographer Edmund Morris looks at Theodore Roosevelt's last decade, and writer Dan Buettner reports on what the world's happiest people have in common.
Sep 21, 2011 — Novelists Tatiana de Rosnay and Martha Southgate measure the impact of family secrets, while former British Prime Minister Tony Blair delivers his memoirs, Richard Cohen takes a close look at the sun, and Guy Deutscher argues that language shapes the mind.
Sep 14, 2011 — In fiction, Brad Meltzer imagines a presidential spy ring, and the latest installment in the popular Naruto manga series arrives. In nonfiction, Stacy Schiff reconstructs Cleopatra, Justice Stephen Breyer contemplates democracy, and Joseph Ellis finds an abiding love story in the letters of John and Abigail Adams.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Ground Beneath Her Feet: A Novel by Salman Rushdie. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Dec 9, 2008 — In her new book, Patti Webster explores humorous stories from the Bible, as well as jokes in the Christian tradition. Besides being an author, Webster is the CEO of a public relations firm that represents artists like Ludacris, OutKast and Patti LaBelle. She talks about her book, It Happened in Church.
Mar 11, 2007 — Lionel Shriver's novel The Post-Birthday World has been described as "the next step after chick lit." As a married woman is tempted to cheat on her husband, the story divides into two "what if" tracks. Shriver discusses her book with Liane Hansen.