Dec 7, 2011 — These character-driven novels featuring fracturing families, intrepid scientists and one very plucky early American heroine will spark lively debate on everything from the unreliability of memory to scientific ethics.
Nov 17, 2011 — In a celebratory National Book Awards on Wall Street last night, Stephen Greenblatt took the nonfiction award for Swerve, while, in a surprise turn in fiction, Jesmyn Ward won for Salvage the Bones.
Nov 16, 2011 — On Tuesday evening in New York City, the finalists for the National Book Award gathered on the eve of the ceremony to share their work. Listen to the nominated authors read from five sober and splendid works of fiction.
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 Frost by Thomas Bernhard and Michael Hofmann. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Dec 7, 2006 — If standing in line at the mall isn't your bag, we've dipped into our bag to offer some weekend diversions, from the very first season of SNL, finally out on DVD, to a Web site that will answer your burning questions.
Dec 2, 2005 — With her gift book selections, NPR's Ketzel Levine will take you wandering through old maps and contemporary art galleries, courtside at the NBA, inside the minds of raucous high school kids, and into the embrace of poems.
Dec 1, 2005 — "Beethoven is likely to entice the converted to do more substantive, musicological reading about the composer, and invite the newly-initiated to do more thoughtful listening," writes senior correspondent Ketzel Levine in her roundup of the best gift books of the season.
Oct 26, 2005 — Edmund Morris' new biography details Beethoven's life, from the cities of Bonn and Vienna where he lived into his professional friendships and rivalries with Haydn, Mozart, Goethe and Napoleon Bonaparte. The book also examines his often difficult relationships with his family and explores his ability to transcend his gathering deafness.