Books Otto Penzler Books by Otto Penzler Otto Penzler has written books about: Nonfiction Mysteries, Thrillers & Crime Fiction Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Otto Penzler Callie Neylan/NPR What We're Reading What We're Reading: Nov. 10 - 16, 2009 November 10, 2009 More staff picks of standout books. This week, new nonfiction: Newspaperman Harold Evans traces his rise, while poet Mary Karr details her fall — and redemption. Nina Totenberg reads the Scalia biography. And great detective writers reveal the origins of their famous sleuths. Books Excerpt: 'Black Noir' May 26, 2009 Black Noir, edited by Otto Penzler, collects mystery and crime stories by early and mid-20th century writers like Rudolph Fisher, Ann Petry and Pauline E. Hopkins. Critics' Lists: Summer '09 For Summer Sleuths: Best Mystery, Crime Novels May 26, 2009 Book critic Maureen Corrigan recommends five gripping works of fiction to keep you on the edge of your seat this summer. From serial killers to stashed jewels to snakes on the loose, these mysteries have it all. Books Pulp Fiction Murdered Long Sentences January 15, 2008 Although the genre has acquired a trashy reputation, pulp fiction is full of language worth relishing, says Otto Penzler editor of The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps. Magazines that sold for just a few cents in the '20s killed excessive prose and gave us the hard-boiled detective that continues to fill pop culture today. Pulp Fiction Murdered Long Sentences Listen Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/17912796/18106364" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Holiday Books Big-Bang Gift Books: Visual Dazzle, Thoughtful Thrills November 28, 2007 From vibrantly colored creatures lurking in the depths of the oceans, to Christian Dior dresses, to ruins in America, this year's holiday gift books span a wide variety of subjects, sizes and budgets.