The Week's 5 Best Stories From NPR Books
December 13, 2013 Mbali Vilakazi, the winner of our Poetry Games last year, honors Mandela's memory with a poem, "The Black Pimpernel." The title is a derogatory nickname given to Mandela in his revolutionary days. Vilakazi's poem looks toward the future: "And if we have stood on the shoulders of giants, / We are giants still / And giants, we will come again."
December 14, 2013 In a recent ruling, the Indian Supreme Court reinstated a colonial-era ban on gay sex. Two authors react to the news with two very different recommendations. Manil Suri suggests that readers check out a book of interviews, while Ruth Franklin turns to Victorian England for a look at a similar law's effects.
December 15, 2013 In A Curious Invitation: The Forty Greatest Parties in Fiction, London-based party promoter Suzette Field offers a guide to literature's most famous and fabulous hosts and their soirees — from Proust and Tom Wolfe to Jay Gatsby and Hollywood Wives.