"A bad book about the love of God remains a bad book."
—Thomas Merton (1915-68) American religious writer The Seven Story Mountain, No Man Is an Island
- 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.
- Book News: Just Months In, A Publisher That Promised Innovation Ends Its Run Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:51:00 -0400
- Atavist Books launched with aims of upending the print-first publishing model. Now it's announcing its plans to close. Meanwhile, partnerships between public libraries and airports are taking off.
- Better Off Red: 'War Dogs' Puts Marines On Mars Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:03:00 -0400
- Greg Bear's latest space adventure goes from the Earth to Mars and back again with a grizzled group of "Skyrines" (Sky Marines, get it?) on the trail of a mysterious alien treasure.
- 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.
- Amazon Deal With Simon & Schuster Raises Questions For Other Publishers Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:27:00 -0400
- Amazon has received a fair amount of bad press lately over its long-running dispute with the Hachette publishing house. So Monday's announcement of a deal with Simon & Schuster took some industry watchers by surprise.
- 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.
- Book News: Amazon Inks A Deal With A Publisher Not Named Hachette Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:07:00 -0400
- The online retailer has reached a multiyear deal with Simon & Schuster, one of the "Big Five" U.S. publishers. Meanwhile, Amazon's pricing dispute with Hachette Book Group persists.
- Who Is 'Limonov'? Not Even His Biographer Really Knows Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:03:00 -0400
- A new biography of the Russian political prankster/author/revolutionary Edward Limonov asks what turns out to be an unanswerable question: What's Limonov thinking, and what does he really want?
- 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.
- Book News: Toni Morrison's Collection Finds A Permanent Home At Princeton Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:30:00 -0400
- The Nobel laureate taught at Princeton University for 17 years. Now, her papers — some 180 linear feet of them — are returning to be housed in the school's library. Also: a roundup of new releases.
- 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."