Dec 15, 2011 — Science fiction and fantasy books aren't just getting more popular, they're interbreeding with other genres to produce wild new hybrid forms — swapping DNA with literary novels, commenting on current events, morphing into historical science fiction romances, and evolving into hard-boiled detective fantasy.
Dec 13, 2011 — NPR's go-to librarian would like you to meet some friends of hers — from six novels and one work of history. As you read, these artfully developed characters will become more and more real. Pearl says that when the stories ended, she was left longing for the people she'd met between the pages.
Dec 30, 2011 — Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.
Dec 23, 2011 — Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.
Dec 22, 2011 — How well do you know your bells? Match the jingling music with the composer who wrote it.
Dec 22, 2011 — Susan Jane Gilman recommends behind-the-scenes reads about the rich and famous — by a rock star, a hotel concierge, a stuntman and a Brat Packer, all offering backstage passes to their glamorous lives. Entertaining and star-studded, they make for perfect holiday escapism — with a cocktail (or two) in hand.
Dec 19, 2011 — Every winter for more than a quarter-century, saxophonist Paul Winter has celebrated the longest night of the year with a Winter Solstice Celebration. NPR has presented the event for 22 years running, held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Upper Manhattan.
Dec 19, 2011 — From a postmodern take on caroling to a gloriously loopy 'Sleigh Ride,' videos that sing out with classical holiday cheer.
Dec 16, 2011 — Once a year, NPR Music celebrates the holidays with some of the most celebrated pianists in jazz. This year, the Kennedy Center welcomed Eddie Palmieri, Barry Harris, Alfredo Rodriguez and Jason Moran.
Dec 16, 2011 — The Head and the Heart is one of many new folk groups that bend tradition while keeping it alive.