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Author Charles Cumming Ponders The Seductions — And The Sins — Of Spying  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:03:14 -0400
NPR's Madhulika Sikka profiles Cumming, the author of thoughtful spy sagas like A Colder War. Cumming's books provide plenty of action, but also grapple with the moral quandaries of espionage. 
Ghanaian Mystery Writer Says, 'It's Easy To Get Murdered In Accra'  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:16:00 -0400
And, author Kwei Quartey adds, "The police may not find you for a little while." That's why he chose to set his second Detective Inspector Dawson book in Ghana's capital. 
'A Thousand Mirrors' Shows Two Views Of One Long, Brutal War  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:01:00 -0400
In her new novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, Sri Lankan-American author Nayomi Munaweera shows the decades-long Sri Lankan civil war from the perspective of two girls who witness the horror. 
This Time It's 'Personal': Lee Child Writes His 19th Jack Reacher Novel  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 07:46:00 -0400
The retired U.S. military policeman is in pursuit of a sniper in the latest installment of the suspense series. Child says its both fun and challenging to make these novels "the same but different." 
'Why Not?' David Mitchell On Mixing Fantasy And Reality In 'Bone Clocks'  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 05:20:00 -0400
The plotting in Mitchell's new novel isn't quite as complex as in previous works, but it takes an abrupt turn into dystopian fantasy towards the end. "It's what the book wanted to be," he tells NPR. 
The Other Rock History  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:48:00 -0400
What makes an essential rock song? Music journalist Greil Marcus argues that it's not the stature of the performer, but the degree to which a song tells the story of rock 'n' roll itself. 
If These Shorts Could Talk ... New Book Tells 'Worn Stories'  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:30:00 -0400
In her new collection Worn Stories, Emily Spivack compiles odes to beloved pieces of clothing, written by celebrities and fashionistas. 
Hip-Hop In Print: Brooklyn Publisher Looks To 'Reverse Gentrify' Literature  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 05:23:00 -0400
Prodigy, one half of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, is the curator of Infamous Books, an imprint of Brooklyn-based independent publisher Akashic Books. His debut novel H.N.I.C. was published in 2013. 
Florida-Grown Fiction: Hiaasen Satirizes The Sunshine State  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:14:27 -0400
Novelist and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen writes with passion about the state he loves. His book, Bad Monkey, is an offbeat murder mystery set in Key West. Originally broadcast June 13, 2013. 
John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, And Lives To Write About It  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:14:27 -0400
The 68-year-old film director hitchhiked from Baltimore to San Francisco for his book Carsick. He says hitchhiking is "the worst beauty regimen ever." Originally broadcast June 10. 
Rep. Ryan Calls For 'Culture Of Inclusion' To Tackle Poverty  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:33:00 -0400
Congressman and former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan discusses his new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea. 
Telling Crimea's Story Through Children's Books  Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:02:00 -0400
Blending history, myth and geopolitics, Lily Hyde uses fairy tales to teach children and young adults about Eastern European history. To cover the current unrest, though, she has put fiction on hold. 
Marine Turned Novelist Brings Brutal, Everyday Work Of War Into Focus  Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:05:00 -0400
Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, served two tours in Iraq. He says, "It was not glamorous and it's not SEAL Team 6; it's just work, and I wanted to tell a story about that." 
Mystery Writer Finds Istanbul's Byzantine Past Hiding In Plain Sight  Mon, 25 Aug 2014 03:26:00 -0400
In The Sultan of Byzantium, Turkish author Selcuk Altun takes his hero into forgotten corners of the city, where once-majestic monuments go unnoticed amid the bustle of daily life. 
In A Foster Home, Two Boys Become 'Kinda Like Brothers'  Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:59:00 -0400
Before Coe Booth was a writer, she was a caseworker, often tasked with placing kids with foster families. Her latest novel for middle-grade readers looks at two young members of a foster family.