April 19, 2012 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the hidden world of immigrant smuggling, and ten modern classics that are most harmful to aspiring writers. In the second hour, former addict Bill Clegg talks about his struggles through recovery and his book, Ninety Days, and blues singer Guy Davis.
A general view of the Radcliffe Camera building, part of the Bodleian Library, in Oxford, England. Along with the Vatican, the library is launching a project to digitally scan rare texts and put them online.
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April 12, 2012 Biblical and antiquities scholars will soon have a new resource at their fingertips, as Oxford University's Bodleian Libraries and the Vatican Library launch a plan to digitize millions of pages of rare ancient texts. The scanned pages will be available online.
April 2, 2012 In our first hour of Talk of the Nation, how to best deal with the continued violence in Syria, author Donna Britt on coming to terms with her brother's death in a police shooting. In the second hour, The Story of English in 100 Words, and dealing with police when you're mentally ill.
March 28, 2012 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the Political Junkie recaps the week in politics and a pilot sheds light on life in the cockpit. In the second hour, background checks and social media, and the new short biography Hitler.
March 8, 2012 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, ethnic mapping to combat terrorism, and the facts behind the film Kony 2012. In the second hour, the challenges of divorce after fifty, and the author of Da Vinci's Ghost.
February 24, 2012 Science fiction's job is to give us a map of where we're headed. From Jules Verne to William Gibson, sci-fi authors describe their visions of the future, and how people might live in it. We ask Intel's futurist for his list of favorite sci-fi books.
One of the 400 engraved images in the Audubon set: a Common American Swan.
January 19, 2012 In 2010, a set fetched $11.5 million. At Friday's sale, it's expected that someone will bid even more. The four volumes were created between 1827 and 1838.
April 6, 2011 You know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover. But admit it, you totally do. And authors know it. Matthew Galloway at The Awl spoke with several authors about their experiences with cover designs and blurbs.
February 3, 2011 Sebastian Faulks sees Jane Eyre as a morally upright, mouse-y little thing, with her happiness dependent entirely upon marriage with Mr. Rochester. Boy, did he miss the point. Good thing Salon's Laura Miller can take him to task.
October 27, 2010 Mad Men's Roger Sterling's memoir will be a real book, published by Grove/Atlantic next month -- now we can all find out what actually happened with Mrs. Blankenship -- Queen of Perversions-- back in the day.
August 3, 2010 Barnes & Noble, the world's largest physical retailer of books, is putting itself up for sale.
December 7, 2009 Michael Wolff urges you to boycott... books.
June 2, 2009 There are some books that meet all these criteria and still don't make it on the air. These volumes inhabit what I call "the shelf of constant reproach." It is kind of an editorial purgatory inhabited by worthy titles awaiting just the right news ...
June 2, 2009 I think you are getting the idea that we can only review or talk about a tiny fraction of the books that come to us. For more on how we do decide, here's Luis ...
April 13, 2009 A book for those who can't get enough of adventure on the high seas...Frenchman's Creek.
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