Apr 15, 2013 — Famed Kenyan author and professor Ngugi wa Thiong'o was arrested and eventually exiled after criticizing his nation's post-colonial government. But he says he can't be knocked down. Host Michel Martin talks with Ngugi about his memoir, In the House of the Interpreter.
Feb 13, 2013 — One of Kenya's most famous citizens is author and professor Ngugi wa Thiong'o. His criticism of that nation's post-colonial government led to his arrest and eventual exile. But he says he can't be knocked down. Host Michel Martin talks with Ngugi about his new memoir, In the House of the Interpreter.
Aug 7, 2012 — More than 75,000 of you voted for your favorite young-adult fiction. Now, after all the nominating, sorting and counting, the final results are in. Here are the 100 best teen novels, chosen by the NPR audience.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Magic Seeds by V. S. Naipaul. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Dead Republic by Roddy Doyle. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
May 20, 2010 — The Dead Republic is the final installment in Roddy Doyle's trilogy about the life of Henry Smart, a former IRA assassin making his way through the first half of the 20th century. Lynn Neary talks with Doyle about the novel, which finds Henry turning his life story into a movie with film director John Ford.
May 15, 2010 — George Washington was a military veteran with a checkered past. John Adams was a farmer turned lawyer. And according to historian Jack Rakove, the men we know as America's Founding Fathers were, in general, disinclined to revolt. Rakove's new book is Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America.
Jul 23, 2009 — Whether at the beach, poolside, or on a city rooftop, summer is a great chance to grab a cool drink and relax with a good book. That's why throughout the hottest months Tell Me More has been recommending great reads. This week we speak to Cuban American author Achy Obejas. Obejas' latest book, Ruins, is an insightful look at Cuba in the mid-90's.
Apr 17, 2009 — Havana-born writer Achy Obejas returns to her native city with a novel called Ruins. It's a bittersweet portrait of Cuban life in the mid-1990s.
Aug 19, 2007 — William Morgan was not your typical Cuban Revolutionary. Not only was he an American, but he was also anti-communist. Aran Shetterly, author of The Americano, discusses how and why Morgan's life became entwined with Castro's.