Lynn Neary http://hppr.org en Writer Nadine Gordimer Captured Apartheid's Contradictions http://hppr.org/post/writer-nadine-gordimer-captured-apartheids-contradictions South African writer Nadine Gordimer, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1991, died Sunday at the age of 90. Gordimer merged the personal and political to create a compelling portrait of the injustice of life under apartheid.<p>She was born in 1923 to a mother whose family came to South Africa from Britain and a Jewish father who had lived under oppression in his native Lithuania. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:24:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 34550 at http://hppr.org Writer Nadine Gordimer Captured Apartheid's Contradictions Authors Take Opposite Sides On Hachette, Amazon Spat http://hppr.org/post/authors-take-opposite-sides-hachette-amazon-spat You might think that all writers would be of the same mind about the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/05/23/315279264/why-some-books-youre-looking-to-buy-on-amazon-arent-there">dispute between Amazon and Hachette Publishing Company</a> over the price of ebooks. Think again. This week two different sets of authors sent open letters to their "readers" urging them to take one side or the other in the ongoing controversy.<p>It all began when the publisher and Amazon were unable to reach an agreement on ebook prices. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 22:34:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 34083 at http://hppr.org Authors Take Opposite Sides On Hachette, Amazon Spat Court OKs Universities' Quest To Turn To More Digital Copies Of Books http://hppr.org/post/court-oks-universities-quest-turn-more-digital-copies-books A U.S. appeals court has ruled against a group of authors, deciding in favor of a consortium of universities in a case that hinged on copyright law and provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The universities had allowed Google to make digital copies of more than 10 million books so that they could be searchable by specific terms. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 33017 at http://hppr.org Amazon's Pricing Dispute Sets Book Expo Buzzing http://hppr.org/post/amazons-pricing-dispute-sets-book-expo-buzzing The dispute between retail giant Amazon and publisher Hachette was big news at Book Expo America. Writers, publishers and agents are wondering what the rift could mean for the future of books. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 32674 at http://hppr.org Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86 http://hppr.org/post/maya-angelou-poet-activist-and-singular-storyteller-dies-86 Poet, performer and political activist Maya Angelou has died after a long illness at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86. Born in St. Louis in 1928, Angelou grew up in a segregated society that she worked to change during the civil rights era. Angelou, who refused to speak for much of her childhood, revealed the scars of her past in <em>I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings</em>, the first of a series of memoirs.<p>Growing up in St. Louis, Mo., and Stamps, Ark., she was Marguerite Johnson. It was her brother who first called her Maya, and the name stuck. Wed, 28 May 2014 13:53:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 32437 at http://hppr.org Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86 'Sous Chef' Reveals The High-Adrenaline Dance Behind Your Dinner http://hppr.org/post/sous-chef-reveals-high-adrenaline-dance-behind-your-dinner A restaurant kitchen at the peak of the dinner rush can be a crazy place — hot, crowded and filled with a kind of intense energy that some people, like Michael Gibney, thrive on. Gibney's been working in restaurants since he was young. In his new book, <em>Sous Chef,</em> Gibney tries to capture the rhythm of the kitchen by taking his readers through one day in the life of a fast-paced New York restaurant.<p>Writing is a new affair for Gibney, but cooking is his first love. He got his start in the restaurant business as a kid, washing dishes. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:55:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 29593 at http://hppr.org 'Sous Chef' Reveals The High-Adrenaline Dance Behind Your Dinner Pew Study: Many Technophiles Also Love Libraries http://hppr.org/post/pew-study-many-technophiles-also-love-libraries You might think that in a world of Google and Wikipedia, people who love technology wouldn't care much about the musty old local public library. But, according to <a href="http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/03/13/library-engagement-typology/">a new report by the Pew Research Internet Project</a>, you'd be wrong.<p>Pew has been studying the changing role of libraries in America in the digital age. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 29074 at http://hppr.org Pew Study: Many Technophiles Also Love Libraries What Wakes B.J. Novak Up In The Middle Of The Night? http://hppr.org/post/what-wakes-bj-novak-middle-night Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>When we talk about a triple threat we're often talking about a versatile athlete. Think about a basketball player who can score, defend, and rebound. In show biz, B. J. Novak may be that triple threat. He can do standup, act, and write successfully in all cases. He got his start doing standup comedy. That led to a job on the hit comedy series "The Office" where he had a regular part and was one of the writers.<p>And now he's put his writing talent to work on one more thing. Literally. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:22:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 27405 at http://hppr.org The Annual Awards For Children's Books Are Out http://hppr.org/post/annual-awards-childrens-books-are-out Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>OK, the Grammy Awards are behind us. The Oscars are around the corner. And now, we have another award that also gets a lot of attention this time of year, from people who love kids' books.<p>The American Library Association has announced this year's Caldecott and Newbery Award winners. NPR's Lynn Neary reports.<p>LYNN NEARY, BYLINE: Kate DiCamillo should be used to accolades by now. She was nominated last year for a National Book Award, and the Library of Congress named her the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:58:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 27260 at http://hppr.org In An Age Of Slavery, Two Women Fight For Their 'Wings' http://hppr.org/post/age-slavery-two-women-fight-their-wings Sue Monk Kidd's new novel is a story told by two women whose lives are wrapped together — beginning, against their wills, when they're young girls. One is a slave; the other, her reluctant owner. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 00:08:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 26540 at http://hppr.org In An Age Of Slavery, Two Women Fight For Their 'Wings' Don't Call It Fanfic: Writers Rework Their Favorite Stories http://hppr.org/post/dont-call-it-fanfic-writers-rework-their-favorite-stories When writers finish a book, they may think they've had the last word. But sometimes another writer will decide there's more to the story. The madwoman Bertha from <em>Jane Eyre</em> and the father in <em>Little Women</em> are just two examples of secondary characters who have been given a fuller life in a new work of fiction based on a classic novel.<p>Many writers are attracted to the world of Jane Austen. Jo Baker is a big fan of <em>Pride and Prejudice</em>, but there was something about the book that bothered her: the servants. Sat, 07 Dec 2013 13:05:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 25266 at http://hppr.org E-Readers Mark A New Chapter In The Developing World http://hppr.org/post/e-readers-mark-new-chapter-developing-world A former Amazon executive who helped Jeff Bezos turn shopping into a digital experience has set out to end illiteracy. David Risher is now the head of Worldreader, a nonprofit organization that brings e-books to kids in developing countries through Kindles and cellphones.<p>Risher was traveling around the world with his family when he got the idea for Worldreader. They were doing volunteer work at an orphanage in Ecuador when he saw a building with a big padlock on the door. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:32:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 25052 at http://hppr.org E-Readers Mark A New Chapter In The Developing World 50 Years After Assassination, Kennedy Books Offer New Analysis http://hppr.org/post/50-years-after-assassination-kennedy-books-offer-new-analysis In the 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the public has never tired of books about the charismatic young president and his tragic death.<p>This year, the market has been particularly flooded with Kennedy books — from glossy photograph collections to serious biographies and histories to a new round of books devoted to conspiracy theories.<p>There were already thousands of books about Kennedy before this 50th anniversary year, but Tony Lyons of Skyhorse Publishing believes there is always room for more. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:05:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 24498 at http://hppr.org 50 Years After Assassination, Kennedy Books Offer New Analysis A Panorama Of Devastation: Drawing Of WWI Battle Spans 24 Feet http://hppr.org/post/panorama-devastation-drawing-wwi-battle-spans-24-feet Joe Sacco is a cartoonist, graphic novelist and journalist; he's best-known for his dispatches from today's regions of conflict, like the Middle East and Bosnia, in cartoon form. But for his latest book, <em>The Great War</em>, Sacco turns his eye on history. He's recreated of one of the worst battles of World War I, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, from its hopeful beginning to its brutal end.<p>The book is unconventional in form — it folds out to form a 24-foot-long panorama. Sun, 10 Nov 2013 21:53:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 24126 at http://hppr.org A Panorama Of Devastation: Drawing Of WWI Battle Spans 24 Feet Brick-And-Mortar Bookstores Play The Print Card Against Amazon http://hppr.org/post/brick-and-mortar-bookstores-try-revenge-against-amazon When it comes to book publishing, all we ever seem to hear about is online sales, the growth of e-books and the latest version of a digital book reader. But the fact is, only 20 percent of the book market is e-books; it's still dominated by print. And a recent standoff in the book business shows how good old-fashioned, brick-and-mortar bookstores are still trying to wield their influence in the industry. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 09:48:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 23620 at http://hppr.org Brick-And-Mortar Bookstores Play The Print Card Against Amazon 'Quiet Dell' Revives A Depression-Era Murder Story http://hppr.org/post/quiet-dell-revives-depression-era-murder-story The Quiet Dell murders were among the first big, sensational crime stories of the Depression: A serial killer corresponded with vulnerable widows he met through lonely hearts clubs, then lured them to their deaths.<p>As a child, writer Jayne Anne Phillips learned about the murders from her mother, who was a child in 1931, when the murders took place. Phillips says she didn't talk a lot about the tragedy, but whenever they drove close to where the crime occurred — near Clarksburg, W.Va. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:02:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 22987 at http://hppr.org 'Quiet Dell' Revives A Depression-Era Murder Story New E-Book Lending Service Aims To Be Netflix For Books http://hppr.org/post/new-e-book-lending-service-aims-be-netflix-books Movie lovers have Netflix, music lovers have Spotify — and book lovers (whether they read literary fiction or best-selling potboilers) now have Scribd. The document sharing website has been around since 2007, but this week it launched a subscription service for e-book lending.<p>Though Scribd now has the backing of Big Five publisher HarperCollins, it began as a self-publishing site. CEO and co-founder Trip Adler says his father, a doctor, wanted to publish a medical paper. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 20:05:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 22526 at http://hppr.org New E-Book Lending Service Aims To Be Netflix For Books Tom Clancy Dies, Left 'Indelible Mark' On Thriller Genre http://hppr.org/post/tom-clancy-dies-left-indelible-mark-thriller-genre Best-selling author Tom Clancy has died. He was 66 years old. Beginning with the publication of his 1984 megahit <em>The Hunt for Red October,</em> Clancy wrote a string of blockbuster thrillers inspired by his fascination with military hardware and history.<p>Clancy didn't mince words when he talked to would-be writers. "If your objective is to write a book, get a computer and write the damn book," he told members of the military at a 2004 writing workshop. "Yes, you can do this if you try hard enough. It's a lot easier than you realize it is."<p>Clancy was speaking from experience. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 21:24:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 22429 at http://hppr.org Tom Clancy Dies, Left 'Indelible Mark' On Thriller Genre Political Violence, Uneasy Silence Echo In Lahiri's 'Lowland' http://hppr.org/post/political-violence-uneasy-silence-echo-lahiris-lowland Earlier this month, Jhumpa Lahiri rejected the idea of immigrant fiction. "I don't know what to make of the term," she <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/08/books/review/jhumpa-lahiri-by-the-book.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0">told</a> <em>The New York Times</em>. "All American fiction could be classified as immigrant fiction."<p>Nevertheless, among readers, Lahiri is best-known for her novels and short stories about the immigrant experience. She was born in England and raised in America by parents who emigrated from India. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 07:57:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 21976 at http://hppr.org Political Violence, Uneasy Silence Echo In Lahiri's 'Lowland' National Book Awards Look To Raise Profile ... And It's Not The First Time http://hppr.org/post/national-book-awards-look-raise-profile-and-its-not-first-time You may be hearing a lot about the National Book Awards this week — at least that's what the National Book Foundation hopes. That's because they've made some changes to the awards that they hope will get more people talking about them. Over four days starting Monday, they will roll out their nominees in four different categories — beginning with <a href="http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2013.html#.UjdoS9KYP5w">Young People's Literature</a> and ending Thursday with Fiction.<p>It isn't the first time the National Book Awards have tried to raise their profile. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:44:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 21705 at http://hppr.org National Book Awards Look To Raise Profile ... And It's Not The First Time 'Winter's Bone' Author Revisits A Tragedy In His Ozarks Hometown http://hppr.org/post/winters-bone-author-revisits-tragedy-his-ozarks-hometown The Ozarks mountain town of West Plains, Mo., is the kind of town where a person can stand in his front yard and have a comfortable view of his past.<p>"My mom was actually born about 150 or 200 feet that way, and my grandfather's house is I guess 200 yards that way," says Daniel Woodrell, author of <em>Winter's Bone,</em> and most recently, <em>The Maid's Version</em>.<p>Woodrell's family — on both sides — goes back a long way in West Plains. His father moved away, but Woodrell used to visit his grandparents here when he was a kid. Thu, 05 Sep 2013 07:25:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 21190 at http://hppr.org 'Winter's Bone' Author Revisits A Tragedy In His Ozarks Hometown Crime Novelist Elmore Leonard Dies At 87 http://hppr.org/post/crime-novelist-elmore-leonard-dies-87 Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Elmore Leonard, sometimes called the Dickens of Detroit, created some of the most memorable characters in modern crime fiction. The 87-year-old writer died after suffering a stroke several weeks ago. Until then, he had never stopped writing. His first book, published in 1953, was a Western. Later, he turned to crime novels and left an indelible imprint on that genre. NPR's Lynn Neary has this remembrance.<p>LYNN NEARY, BYLINE: Elmore Leonard lived in or near Detroit for most of his life. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 09:22:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 20501 at http://hppr.org E-Books Strain Relations Between Libraries, Publishing Houses http://hppr.org/post/e-books-strain-relations-beween-libraries-publishing-houses Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>E-books have strained the relations between libraries and the major publishing houses. Libraries say they're being cut out of the market because publishers are afraid they could lose money selling e-books to libraries. After much negotiation, the publishers are experimenting with new ways of doing business. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 10:59:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 19767 at http://hppr.org E-Books Strain Relations Between Libraries, Publishing Houses How Scholastic Sells Literacy To Generations Of New Readers http://hppr.org/post/scholastic-reaches-new-generation-young-readers-online Chances are you have had contact with Scholastic Publishing at some point in your life: You might have read their magazines in school, or bought a book at one of their book fairs, or perhaps you've read <em>Harry Potter</em> or <em>The Hunger Games</em>? From its humble beginning as publisher of a magazine for high schoolers, Scholastic has become a $2 billion business and one of the biggest children's book publishers in the world.<p>Scholastic is a leader in the school book fair business — which is in keeping with the company's origins. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:54:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 18850 at http://hppr.org How Scholastic Sells Literacy To Generations Of New Readers Best Of The Summer: 6 Books The Critics Adore http://hppr.org/post/best-summer-6-books-critics-adore There is no one definition of a summer book. It can be a 1,000-page biography, a critically acclaimed literary novel, a memoir everyone is talking about — or it might be your favorite guilty pleasure: romance, crime, science fiction. Whatever you choose, it should be able to sweep you away to another world, because there is nothing like getting totally lost in a book on summer day. Here are a few books that swept away some of our favorite critics. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 18510 at http://hppr.org Best Of The Summer: 6 Books The Critics Adore Preserving The Season's Fruits With A Canning Evangelist http://hppr.org/post/preserving-seasons-fruits-canning-evangelist Shopping at a farmers market on a weekend morning can turn bittersweet if your eye for just-picked summer fruit is bigger than your refrigerator and appetite.<p>That's a crisis first-time cookbook author <a href="http://www.savingtheseason.com/about-me/">Kevin West</a> found himself in a few years back. Sat, 29 Jun 2013 12:08:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 18079 at http://hppr.org Preserving The Season's Fruits With A Canning Evangelist What Kids Are Reading, In School And Out http://hppr.org/post/what-kids-are-reading-school-and-out Walk into any bookstore or library, and you'll find shelves and shelves of hugely popular novels and book series for kids. But research shows that as young readers get older, they are not moving to more complex books. High-schoolers are reading books written for younger kids, and teachers aren't assigning difficult classics as much as they once did.<p>At Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C., the 11th-grade honors English students are reading <em>The Kite Runner</em>. And students like Megan Bell are reading some heavy-duty books in their spare time. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 21:16:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 17272 at http://hppr.org What Kids Are Reading, In School And Out McCann's 'TransAtlantic' Crosses Fiction And Fact, Ireland And U.S. http://hppr.org/post/mccanns-transatlantic-crosses-fiction-and-fact-ireland-and-us About five years ago, Colum McCann stumbled upon a small piece of history he had never known: In 1845, Frederick Douglass, then an escaped slave who was already famous for his anti-slavery writings and speeches, visited Ireland to raise money and support for his cause. McCann says he knew almost immediately that he wanted to turn this historical fact into fiction: "This intersection between history and fiction, between what is real and what is not real, fascinates me," he says. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 21:23:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 16939 at http://hppr.org McCann's 'TransAtlantic' Crosses Fiction And Fact, Ireland And U.S. How Ellen DeGeneres Helped Change The Conversation About Gays http://hppr.org/post/how-ellen-degeneres-helped-change-conversation-about-gays In 2008, during the brief window when it was legal for same-sex couples to get married in California, perhaps no couple drew more attention than Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi.<p>After their wedding, photos of the couple were everywhere; DeGeneres, beaming, in a white suit and holding hands with de Rossi, the very picture of the princess bride so many young girls dream of being one day. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 20:25:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 13917 at http://hppr.org How Ellen DeGeneres Helped Change The Conversation About Gays 'Wave' Tells A True Story Of Survival And Loss In The 2004 Tsunami http://hppr.org/post/wave-tells-true-story-survival-and-loss-2004-tsunami On Dec. 26, 2004, Sonali Deraniyagala was vacationing with her husband, her two sons and her parents in Yala, Sri Lanka. The day was just beginning when she and a friend noticed that something strange was happening in the ocean. Within a matter of minutes, the sea had wiped out life as she had known it. In a new memoir, called simply <em>Wave</em>, she recalls her experience with the tsunami that killed more than 200,000 people, including her own family.<p>Today, Deraniyagala lives in New York. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 08:40:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 13076 at http://hppr.org 'Wave' Tells A True Story Of Survival And Loss In The 2004 Tsunami