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"Critics are by no means the end of the law. Do not think all is over with you because you articles are rejected. It may be that the editor has his drawer full, or that he does not know enough to appreciate you, or you have not gained a reputation, or he is not in a mood to be pleased. A critic's judgment is like that of any intelligent person. If he has experience, he is capable of judging whether a book will sell. That is all."

—Lavina Goodell Junior editor, Harper's Bazaar


NPR On Authors

Disappearing Religions Charted In 'Heirs To Forgotten Kingdoms'  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:31:00 -0400
When Gerard Russell was a diplomat in the Middle East, he met followers of ancient religions facing extinction. His new book includes the origins of the Yazidis, who are fleeing the Islamic State. 
Among The Young And Privileged In North Korea  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:33:00 -0400
American journalist Suki Kim spent six months teaching English at a North Korean University that serves the sons of the elite. She chronicles her experience in a new book, Without You, There Is No Us
You Definitely Need This Condo Pony, And Other Products From 'SkyMaul'  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:27:00 -0400
"The Hot Dog Clock" and "The Forever Diaper" are also must-haves. A San Francisco comedy group is once again poking fun at the in-flight catalog SkyMall. 
Making The Most Of Your Twenties: Meg Jay Answers Your Questions  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:10:27 -0400
Psychologist Meg Jay answers your questions on making the most of your twenties — the developmental sweet spot — that defines the rest of your life. 
From Sizzling Fajitas To The Super Bowl, How Sounds Help Sell  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:44:00 -0400
Joel Beckerman is a composer who specializes in sonic branding. His new book is called The Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy. 
One Lawyer's Fight For Young Blacks And 'Just Mercy'  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:00:00 -0400
When police pulled a gun on Bryan Stevenson as he was sitting quietly in his car in Atlanta, he knew he had to effect change. His memoir describes his attempts, including freeing men on death row. 
There's Never A Dull Moment On This Trans-Siberian Adventure  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 04:23:00 -0400
Morning Edition's David Greene has taken this 6,000-mile ride twice. He shares his experience in the cramped third-class cars — borscht and all — in his new book, Midnight in Siberia. 
Many Views Of Muhammad, As A Man And As A Prophet  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:01:00 -0400
In her new book, The Lives of Muhammad, Boston University professor Kecia Ali discusses the different ways that Muslim and non-Muslim biographers have depicted the prophet over the centuries. 
Understanding Society Through 3 American Classics  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:43:00 -0400
NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Azar Nafisi about her new book, The Republic of Imagination, a reflection on America through three of its most memorable books. 
Chef Ottolenghi Makes The Case For 'Plenty More' Vegetables  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:43:00 -0400
Israeli chef Yotam Ottolenghi talks with Rachel Martin about the difference between supermarket hummus and Middle Eastern hummus and why he doesn't like to call his cookbooks "vegetarian." 
A Funny Philosopher Tackles A Tough Query: 'Does Santa Exist?'  Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:07:00 -0400
Eric Kaplan's son had a zoo trip canceled because one mom worried about reindeer-induced questions. So Kaplan, a comedy writer and philosophy grad student, started pondering the puzzle of St. Nick. 
424 Steps To Happiness: A Father's Journey Beyond 'The Fall'  Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:33:00 -0400
A son with cerebral palsy inspires a new way to think about imperfection, exaltation and love in a new memoir by Brazilian novelist and screenwriter Diogo Mainardi. 
Back Across The Wall: Questions For Garth Nix  Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:03:00 -0400
Author Garth Nix returns to the world of the Old Kingdom with Clariel, the story of a young woman of great magical power who, denied the freedom to live as she wants, chooses a dangerous path. 
Astronaut Chris Hadfield Brings Lessons From Space Down To Earth  Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:48:56 -0400
The former International Space Station commander achieved Internet stardom with his in-space rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." His new book is An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
The Jacket Designer's Challenge: To Capture A Book By Its Cover  Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:25:00 -0400
Peter Mendelsund has designed hundreds of book covers, including two new ones of his own: Cover and What We See When We Read. He talks about his process and why "dead authors get the best" covers.