October 31, 2010 We're one step closer to choosing a winner for this round of our Three-Minute Fiction contest. The students at the Iowa Writer's Workshop have read more than 5,000 stories. Now it's up to our judge Michael Cunningham to make the final decision. Until then, host Guy Raz continues to present a few of the standout stories.
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October 31, 2010 Some people swore that the house was haunted... It's not that I didn't agree with them; I wasn't concerned. I stood in the middle of the walkway, staring up at the Victorian beauty, and fell in love. The front door opened. Matt McKinney poked his head out. "Are you coming inside?"
October 31, 2010 In some cultures, Fido's the beloved family pet. Elsewhere, he's lunch. Psychologist Hal Herzog explores our complicated relationship with animals in his new book, "Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat."
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Writer-director Judd Apatow talks about the funny stories -- and the not-so-funny stories -- he picked for a new collection.
October 31, 2010 Known for a groundbreaking TV comedy and a string of hilarious films, Judd Apatow has edited a new collection of humor writing, Things I Found Funny. He joins NPR's Liane Hansen to talk about what makes for good comedy — and just plain good writing.
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Gal Beckerman is the author of When They Come for Us, We'll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry.
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October 30, 2010 A rally that drew a quarter-million people to the National Mall 23 years ago was a crucial turning point for Jews yearning to escape the Soviet Union. Author Gal Beckerman explores that moment, and that movement, in his new book When They Come For Us, We'll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry.
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October 30, 2010 Excerpt:'When The Come for Us, We'll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry'
October 30, 2010 Sir Michael Caine is the only actor, along with Jack Nicholson, to have been nominated for an Oscar every decade since the 1960s. His second autobiography tells tales of working with Steve Martin, how his marriage has survived 40 years, and what it's like to make people laugh. Host Scott Simon speaks with Caine about his new book The Elephant to Hollywood.
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October 30, 2010 The very title of P.J. O'Rourke's new book will anger some people. Just wait until they actually read it. Host Scott Simon speaks with the author and humorist about Don't Vote, which looks at what O'Rourke considers to be the excesses of government.
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November 7 will bring the 21st incarnation of "Treehouse Of Horror," the Halloween tradition The Simpsons have made famous.
October 29, 2010 The Simpsons creator Matt Groening talks to Liane Hansen this weekend about an enormous new episode guide covering the show's first 20 years, and about the "Treehouse Of Horror" tradition.
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October 29, 2010 This week, Maya Angelou turned over a large trove of personal papers to the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The collection includes many handwritten notes, drafts and letters. Nowadays, though, so much writing is done on computers rather than on paper; correspondence is done over email rather than through the postal service. To talk about how archivists deal with this shift toward digital documents, Michele Norris talks with Richard Oram, associate director of the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
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October 29, 2010 When Jeanette Walls was a child, she and her free-spirited parents travelled through the Southwest, temporarily settling in desert towns and mountain campsites. The Glass Castle is Walls' account of the difficult aftermath of her transient youth. The book enjoys it 185th week on the list.
October 29, 2010 Winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize, Howard Jacobson's The Finkler Question explores Jewish identity through the eyes of a non-Jew's fascination with Jewishness. It debuts at No. 9.
October 29, 2010 In the early 20th century, Mark Twain wrote an unabashed autobiography under the strict directive that the work not be published until 100 years after his death. This year marks the end of Twain's embargo, which means his uncensored autobiography can finally hit bookshelves. It debuts at No. 3.
October 29, 2010 Jan Karon's In the Company of Others, has a retired Episcopal priest traveling to the Irish countryside to discover his family secrets. In the process, Father Tim meets -- and helps -- a number of people harboring family secrets and sorrows of their own. It debuts at No. 7.
Patti Smith's new memoir, Just Kids, tells the story of her creative bond and friendship with famed photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
October 29, 2010 Patti Smith's memoir Just Kids, just nominated for a National Book Award, describes her path of artistic self discovery and her relationship with the provocative photographer, Robert Mapplethorpe.
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