Lee Child is the author of 19 Jack Reacher novels — and is currently working on the 20th. Sigrid Estrada/AP/Random House hide caption

toggle caption Sigrid Estrada/AP/Random House

This Time It's 'Personal': Lee Child Writes His 19th Jack Reacher Novel

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/344264425/344732619" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Soldiers fill a hole left by an explosion on a road outside Beiji, Iraq, in 2005. In his debut novel, Michael Pitre follows a group of Marines doing similar work on Iraq's highways. Ryan Lenz/AP hide caption

toggle caption Ryan Lenz/AP

Marine Turned Novelist Brings Brutal, Everyday Work Of War Into Focus

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/343414069/343484373" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The Hagia Sophia is one of the city's most well-known Byzantine monuments, but it's also home to a lesser-known memorial: a plaque for the man who encouraged the Fourth Crusade's plundering of the city. Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Mystery Writer Finds Istanbul's Byzantine Past Hiding In Plain Sight

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/341927781/343073982" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

In A Foster Home, Two Boys Become 'Kinda Like Brothers'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/342162424/342965894" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

cover detail hide caption

toggle caption

As Summer Winds Down, Wistful Dreams Of A 'Lost Estate'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/342476932/342494255" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Author Junot Diaz says the publishing industry must have uncomfortable conversations about diversity. The alternative, he believes, is "utter, agonizing silence." Rick Reinhard/Flickr hide caption

toggle caption Rick Reinhard/Flickr

To Achieve Diversity In Publishing, A Difficult Dialogue Beats Silence

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/341443632/341958813" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Jeff Roberson/AP

'This Fight Begins In The Heart': Reading James Baldwin As Ferguson Seethes

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/340166953/341674637" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The Dey House, a 140-year-old mansion, is home to the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, one of the oldest MFA writing programs in the country. Director Lan Samantha Chang — who attended the workshop as a student — has made it a priority to attract students and faculty from diverse backgrounds to the program. Linda Kahlbaugh/AP hide caption

toggle caption Linda Kahlbaugh/AP

In Elite MFA Programs, The Challenge Of Writing While 'Other'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/341363580/341674667" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Mary Lou Longworth has set most of her mysteries in Aix-en-Provence, a small city in Southern France. "I liked the idea of this beautiful, beautiful place having a dark side," she says. Ben Bowes via Flickr hide caption

toggle caption Ben Bowes via Flickr

Mystery Writer Weaves Intricate Puzzles In Sleepy French Town

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/340411514/340562960" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

For Would-Be Screenwriter, Enough False Starts To Fill A Book

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/339861656/340289333" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript