June 25, 2013 Nearly a quarter of all public school kids are Latino, but only 3 percent of kids' books are by or about Latinos. There's a similar dearth of Native American, black and Asian characters. Why? One editor says librarians, with their high demand for multicultural books, don't drive best-seller lists.
June 24, 2013 Science fiction author Richard Matheson's work included The Shrinking Man, I Am Legend, and numerous TV and movie scripts. For five decades, his work injected a sense of humanity into science fiction.
June 24, 2013 Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, the co-founder of and drummer for the hip-hop band The Roots, has been a musician since he was a teen. In Mo' Meta Blues, he explains how his musician father groomed him for a life in show business from an early age.
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June 24, 2013 In softcover nonfiction, Rosecrans Baldwin opines about France, Carissa Phelps goes from juvy to J.D., and Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy chart the history of rabies. In fiction, Shani Boianjiu draws from her time as an Israeli soldier, and Sheila Heti crafts a novel from her own life experiences.
June 24, 2013 Six years ago, the mystery writer sent Easy Rawlins off a cliff, seemingly killing him. Now, Easy's back on the streets his creator once called home. Mosley says other than Los Angeles, he and his detective hero don't have much in common, but NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates begs to differ.
June 23, 2013 Oakland Raiders punter Chris Kluwe is known for his colorful opinions and his vocal support of gay marriage. His musings are now collected in a new book, Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football and Assorted Absurdities.
June 23, 2013 Sometimes our eyes are bigger than our baking skills. Reviewer T. Susan Chang recommends three cookbooks with pictures that indulge our senses while sparing our waistlines. Do you have a favorite cookbook? Let us know in the comments.
June 22, 2013 Patterson is best-known for his thrillers, but he also takes readers into the gritty, perilous underbelly of summer camp. His new book for young readers, Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill, features childhood bullying, "loser" campers and fart jokes.
June 22, 2013 British author Robert Aickman was considered the father of the "strange stories" genre: not exactly ghost stories, but haunted tales of inner fears and unspoken desires. Now, his work is being republished, and inspiring a new generation of writers.
June 21, 2013 It's the summer of 1964 in Hanging Moss, Miss., and 11-year-old Gloriana Hemphill is about to learn a lot about bigotry, loyalty and bravery. Join NPR's Backseat Book Club as we read Glory Be, by Augusta Scattergood.