Nov 9, 2011 — It's all about fiction this week with a stunning magical realist debut from the young Tea Obreht, a fantastical family fable from Walter Mosley, Matt Rees' conspiracy-laden historical drama about Mozart's sister, and a haunting novel of colonialism gone awry by Swedish author Henning Mankell.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Loser by Thomas Bernhard, Jack Dawson, and Mark M. Anderson. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Line by Olga Grushin. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Mar 30, 2010 — A new comedy from Ian McEwan; the true-life adventures of the Victorian Brit who stole the secrets of tea from China; a Kenyan contemporary of Obama's father remembers the Mau Mau rebellion; and a new Russian master spins surprising fictional gold from the Godot-like tale of Soviet citizens waiting in an endless line.
Sep 30, 2009 — Author and screenwriter Nick Hornby joins Fresh Air host Terry Gross to discuss his new novel, Juliet, Naked, and his screenplay for the new movie An Education.
Sep 29, 2009 — Nick Hornby's latest, Juliet, Naked, is another smart, soft-centered tale of hapless manchildren, precocious actual children and sensible women. This is what Hornby does, he does it well, and he's done it again.
Aug 21, 2007 — Thomas Bernhard's novel is willfully oppressive and agonizing to read, hilarious and awful by turns, says author Claire Messud. An unflinching, ranting monologue, it couldn't care less about the reader — but it contains bitter truths.
Apr 18, 2006 — Scott Joplin was once among America's most popular songwriters. The son of a former slave, his Ragtime music swept the nation more than 100 years ago.
Jan 17, 2006 — In the first of a two-part conversation, Farai Chideya talks with fiction writer Tananarive Due. Her latest novel, Joplin's Ghost, tells the story of a rising R&B singer and how her life changes after she encounters the ghost of ragtime king Scott Joplin.