May 23, 2012 — This week, there's fresh fiction from Pulitzer finalist Denis Johnson, novelist Tom Perrotta and newspaperman Pete Hamill; plus, travel editor Mark Adams explores Machu Picchu; Melissa Coleman reminisces about growing up off the grid; and Howard Means looks at the life of Johnny Appleseed.
Dec 14, 2011 — 2011 was a terrific year for fiction — both from first-time novelists and much-decorated veterans. Maureen Corrigan's recommendations range from Karen Russell's dazzling debut, to David Foster Wallace's posthumously published novel, to what may be the Sept. 11 novel.
Aug 25, 2011 — Denis Johnson writes with controlled and beautiful prose about the "steadying loneliness" of life in the northwestern mountains in his striking new short novel.
Apr 27, 2009 — The criminals in Denis Johnson's hard-edged Nobody Move aren't cool. But with a Mamet-like ear, Johnson — who won the National Book Award for Tree Of Smoke — wrings poetry from his hapless heroes' deadly exploits.
Nov 20, 2007 — Tree of Smoke, Denis Johnson's Vietnam epic, and Legacy of Ashes, Tim Weiner's critical history of the CIA, were among the winners at the 58th annual National Book Awards, held earlier this month in New York.
Sep 4, 2007 — Denis Johnson's new novel, Tree of Smoke, is one of the late summer's big books in a number of ways. It covers the Vietnam War and the U.S. intervention in Southeast Asia — and the life of a CIA agent whose career grows with the war. Also, it's more than 600 pages long.
Jul 5, 2007 — If you're only going to read one book this year about getting stabbed in the eye and crushing tiny, helpless bunnies, then run right out and get Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son.
Jul 4, 2007 — If you're only going to read one book this year about getting stabbed in the eye and crushing tiny, helpless bunnies, then run right out and get Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son.
Aug 19, 2011 — NPR coverage of Train Dreams by Denis Johnson. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Jesus' Son: Stories by Denis Johnson. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.