Characters and characteristics in literature
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading by Lizzie Skurnick. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Lineup: The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives by Otto Penzler. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Nov 10, 2009 — More staff picks of standout books. This week, new nonfiction: Newspaperman Harold Evans traces his rise, while poet Mary Karr details her fall — and redemption. Nina Totenberg reads the Scalia biography. And great detective writers reveal the origins of their famous sleuths.
Jul 23, 2009 — There are some books — like those by authors Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume, for instance — that helped define childhood and teenage awkwardness, but still ring true well into adulthood. Lizzie Skurnick and Meg Cabot talk about the books from our childhoods we can't seem to put down.
Aug 8, 2004 — Author Jasper Fforde's latest mystery is Something Rotten. It's set in a parallel universe where fictional characters like Hamlet come to life and detective Thursday Next tries to police them. Hear NPR's Linda Wertheimer and Fforde.