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For Carl Phillips, Poetry Is Experience Transformed — Not Transcribed 
  Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:10:57 -0400 
    Phillips' new collection is both raw and refined, drawing on intimate experience while shunning autobiography. "I become uncomfortable when people make an equation between author and poem," he says.


Edward St. Aubyn's 'A Clue To The Exit' Is Released In The U.S. 
  Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:05:00 -0400 
    Charlie Fairburn has been told he has six months to live. He's the central character in Edward St. Aubyn's novel, A Clue to the Exit. He speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about the book.


Ursula K. Le Guin Steers Her Craft Into A New Century 
  Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:04:00 -0400 
    The famed novelist says that at 85 she no longer has the energy to write another book, but she's just released a revised and updated edition of her manual for aspiring writers, Steering the Craft.


'The Wake' Is An Unlikely Hit In An Imaginary Language 
  Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:38:00 -0400 
    Paul Kingsnorth self-published The Wake, his tale of the 11th-century Norman conquest of England, written in a pastiche of Old and modern English — and was startled when it became a smash hit.


Chris Offutt Reveals A Family Secret In 'My Father, The Pornographer' 
  Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:43:00 -0400 
    Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. Originally broadcast March 2, 2015.


'George' Wants You To Know: She's Really Melissa 
  Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:06:00 -0400 
    One of this fall's most anticipated books is about a transgender fourth-grader. Publisher Scholastic is employing some of the same marketing techniques it used for megahits like The Hunger Games.


The Girl Who Outlived Her Creator: Salander Returns In 'Spider's Web' 
  Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:04:00 -0400 
    The fourth book in Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millennium series comes out internationally today — but Larsson died in 2004, so his father and brother hired a new writer to continue the series.


'I Regret Everything': Toni Morrison Looks Back On Her Personal Life 
  Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:04:07 -0400 
    "It's not profound regret," Morrison tells Fresh Air. "It's just a wiping up of tiny little messes that you didn't recognize as mess when they were going on." Originally broadcast April 20, 2015.


In New Memoir, Maria Tells Us How She Got, How She Got To 'Sesame Street' 
  Mon, 24 Aug 2015 04:45:00 -0400 
    Sonia Manzano has spent 44 years as one of the lucky residents of Sesame Street. In her memoir she describes how she sought comfort in TV during her own difficult childhood in the South Bronx.


Do America's Military Bases Abroad Help Or Hinder Global Security? 
  Sun, 23 Aug 2015 18:25:00 -0400 
    David Vine's new book argues that the hundreds of U.S. bases in other countries come at a high cost, both at home and abroad. He suggests reducing such bases and increasing diplomatic engagement.


'Science Of Mom': Scientist Sorts Through Studies So Parents Don't Have To 
  Sun, 23 Aug 2015 07:58:00 -0400 
    Alice Callahan uses her background in nutritional biology and fetal physiology to help new parents tell fact from fiction in her new book The Science of Mom. She gives tips to NPR's Rachel Martin.


In WWII, Millions Of Indians Fought For A Britain They Abhored 
  Sat, 22 Aug 2015 09:30:00 -0400 
    As Indians struggled to break free of Britain, more than 2 million signed up to fight with the Allies, the largest volunteer force in the world. Raghu Karnad unearths the story in The Farthest Field.


Novelist Kamel Daoud, Finding Dignity In The Absurd 
  Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:14:00 -0400 
    His new novel, The Meursault Investigation, reworks Albert Camus' The Stranger from the point of view of the murdered Arab's brother. He says Camus' vision of the absurd gave him back his dignity


How Close Are We Really To A Robot-Run Society? 
  Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:42:00 -0400 
    From self-driving cars to automated warehouses, humans are being pushed out of the equation. Soon, robots will "do a million other things we can't even conceive of," author John Markoff says.


Guzzling 9,000 Years Of History With 'The Comic Book Story Of Beer' 
  Mon, 17 Aug 2015 16:51:00 -0400 
    A new illustrated history explores beer's journey from the cradle of agriculture, to the rise and fall of Ancient Rome, to the modern-day craft beer heyday.
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