August 12, 2013 Also: the first English-language bookstore in Cuba; the role of public libraries during natural disasters; the best books coming out this week.
August 11, 2013 Science fiction has long offered us the image of "the final frontier," but some sci-fi authors have mapped frontiers of their own. Author Stephen Burt says James Tiptree Jr. (pen name of Alice Sheldon) was a pioneer in writing about gender and sexuality when most sci-fi authors were male.
August 11, 2013 KPLUImagine a library small enough to be towed by a bicycle; on that bike is a librarian who can check your books out, answer research questions and even issue a library card. The Seattle Public Library is experimenting with a program that does just that.
August 10, 2013 The Storied South is a new book by folklorist William Ferris, collecting 40 years worth of oral histories from Southern writers and artists. Ferris tells NPR's Celeste Headlee that the book was a way of getting everyone from Eudora Welty to Bobby Rush to a "common table of conversation."
August 9, 2013 David Gilbert's & Sons tests the bond of a reclusive writer with his sons. It debuts at No. 13.
August 9, 2013 The Telling Room, about Michael Paterniti's mission to taste the finest cheeses, debuts at No. 15.
August 9, 2013 Appearing at No. 11, Alice Munro collects the stories and moments that shape a life in Dear Life.
August 9, 2013 Richard Russo recounts growing up in 1950s upstate New York in Elsewhere, which appears at No. 10.
August 9, 2013 Also: Flannery O'Connor's pet peacocks; Pamela Erens on Middlemarch; a new book by George Saunders.
August 8, 2013 Rachel Renee Russell's very popular series stars a not-so-popular protagonist. The Dork Diaries are written by Nikki Maxwell, a misfit at a new school. Russell was inspired to write the books after seeing her own daughters struggle with the "dork" label during their teenage years.