June 4, 2007
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Emily Lenzner, NPR
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CALLING ALL BOOKWORMS:
NPR.ORG LAUNCHES 'BOOK TOUR' PODCAST
AND ANNOUNCES SUMMER BOOKS SERIES FOR 2007

WEEKLY PODCAST FEATURES CONTEMPORARY AUTHORS
READING AND DISCUSSING NEW WORK

First ‘Book Tour’ Podcast Recorded
at Washington, DC’s Politics & Prose Bookstore

NPR Book Series Available at www.NPR.org/summerbooks


June 4, 2007; Washington, DC – Jump start your summer reading with two web features from NPR.org. Book Tour is a new web feature and podcast featuring contemporary authors of fiction and non-fiction reading from and discussing their current work. The readings are recorded at book events before a live audience and can be downloaded from NPR.org at www.NPR.org/booktour.

Hosted by NPR arts reporter Neda Ulaby, Book Tour presents a different author’s reading and discussion with the audience each Tuesday. Starting today, listeners can download Kiran Desai reading from her second novel, The Inheritance of Loss, winner of last year’s Man Booker Prize, from Washington, DC’s popular independent bookstore Politics & Prose. Next week, practicing surgeon and New Yorker writer, Atul Gawande discusses Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance.

NPR.org also this week unveils its annual Summer Reading 2007 package, which features round-ups of recommended books from NPR regular contributors including Alan Cheuse and Nancy Pearl, as well as recommendations from new writers. Also included are author readings and interviews and a reprise of last year's popular “You Must Read This” series, which is frequently featured on NPR’s flagship program All Things Considered throughout the summer and will appear on NPR.org (www.NPR.org/summerbooks). In it, well known authors discuss the books they passionately recommend to friends, colleagues and passers-by. This week's installment comes from writer, critic and frequent New Yorker contributor Adam Gopnik.

Additionally, a popular summer feature from Weekend Edition Sunday, “What Are Your Summer Reads,” becomes part of NPR.org’s summer reading offerings, which showcase interviews with actors, academics, musicians, among others about what they are reading.

NPR.org’s Summer Reading features for the week of June 4 can be found at http://www.npr.org/summerbooks and include a round-up of book reviews from All Things Considered commentator Alan Cheuse; cookbook reviews from Boston Globe reviewer and NPR commentator Susan Chang; “You Must Read This” from the New Yorker magazine’s Adam Gopnik; and Book Tour online.

Since beginning its podcasting activities in collaboration with NPR Member stations nearly two years ago, NPR has become the leading podcaster among media organizations with more than 450 titles and over 100 million downloads. In addition, the public radio system’s titles consistently rank among the “most downloaded” on iTunes and other services. Last month NPR’s podcasts won the top honor from the Webby’s International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences membership. NPR’s podcast directory is available at www.NPR.org/podcast. www.NPR.org offers hourly newscasts, audio streaming of current and archived NPR programs and extensive original online content.