NPR stories about Author Interviews
March 14, 2013 There's not much by way of new material in the PBS Masters documentary Phillip Roth: Unmasked. Still, the clever, controversial novelist proves to be a worthy subject for nearly 90 minutes of unfussy commentary. (Recommended)
March 17, 2013 In Ruth Ozeki's new novel, A Tale for the Time Being, a 16-year-old girl in Japan starts a diary, writing that it will be a record of her last days before she commits suicide, and gets an unexpected reader when that diary washes up in Canada.
March 14, 2013 The veteran reporter has recently moved from ABC News to CNN where he now hosts his own show and serves as Chief Washington Correspondent. In Part II of this interview, Tapper talks about fact-checking the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and blow back from the White House after asking tough questions.
March 16, 2013 In Joyce Carol Oates' latest novel, apparitions haunt the streets of sleepy 1905 Princeton, N.J. Oates says she wanted to explore the hypocrisy of wealthy white America in that era with her portrayal of a town where the denial of social and racial injustice produces monsters.
March 13, 2013 Mohsin Hamid's How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia explores life in the modern megalopolis and the growing scarcity of clean water. In search of his fortune, Hamid's protagonist lands on a scam to boil and sell tap water as bottled mineral water in a novel that takes inspiration from self-help books.
March 16, 2013 Celebrated novelist Aleksandar Hemon's first nonfiction book is a memoir of his early life in Sarajevo, his flight and acclimation to Chicago after the Bosnian War broke out, and the family tragedy that hit years after he made his new home in the U.S.
March 13, 2013 Katherine Paterson is the author of many young adult novels, including The Great Gilly Hopkins and Bridge to Terabithia. The American Library Association recently honored her with the Wilder Award for her work. Host Michel Martin talks to Paterson about how she's been able to tell so many authentic stories about young people.
March 17, 2013 "Memory is about the present as much as it is about the past," psychologist Charles Fernyhough writes in Pieces of Light. The book explores the science of memory to figure out what shapes it, how it works and why some things stick with us forever.
March 12, 2013 Steve Inskeep speaks with Akbar Ahmed about his book The Thistle and the Drone: How America's War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam. In the late 1970s, Ahmed was in charge of the tribal area of Pakistan known as South Waziristan — a region he says is the most dangerous place in the world.
March 11, 2013 Author Dana Becker says that Americans are obsessed with curing stress, rather than identifying and addressing the forces that cause it. Becker explains the origins of the concept of stress, how "stress inflation" is affecting society, and why just eating more kale isn't enough.
March 9, 2013 Journalist Susan Spencer-Wendel was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in 2011. In her new memoir, Until I Say Good-Bye, she describes a year spent living with the disease but devoted to joy: traveling, visiting friends and family, and accepting her fate with grace.
March 14, 2013 With Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites, companies have lost control of their brand and messaging. Now, the customers hold the power. In Can't Buy Me Like, Bob Garfield argues we have entered a time where brands must be driven by authentic relationships.