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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."


Rescuing Science From The Military ... With Comics? 
  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 07:03:16 -0400 
    A new box set collects Matt Hawkins' comic Think Tank, which follows a sexy, scruffy scientific genius attempting to break away from his job developing lethal weapons for the military.


'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.


Travelling Books: Vintage Van Carries Literature Around Lisbon 
  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:11:00 -0400 
    A mobile bookstore, loaded with translations of Portuguese classics, drives around selling books to tourists and locals alike. The van, called Tell a Story, plans to start traveling throughout Europe.


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.


Hopscotching To 100: An Appreciation Of Julio Cortázar 
  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:03:13 -0400 
    The great Argentinian writer Julio Cortázar was born 100 years ago this week; while Cortázar is known for the surreal masterpiece Hopscotch, critic Juan Vidal says it's his poetry that resonates.


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.


In An Earthquake, History Fuels One Writer's Anxiety 
  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:12:00 -0400 
    An earthquake in Napa Valley this week brought back old fears for author Gustavo Arellano. In his anxiety he's revisiting the book A Crack in the Edge of the World.


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.


Book News: Born to Write? Bruce Springsteen To Publish A Children's Book 
  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:18:00 -0400 
    Also: the case for a more inclusive literary culture; health care and the modern writer.
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