NPR stories about Author Interviews
April 20, 2013 D.A. Mishani is the author of one of the few detective novels written in Hebrew. He talked to intern Lidia Jean Kott about why the genre has historically been unpopular in Israel and about the dangers of reading too much crime fiction.
April 19, 2013 Writer Barbara Kingsolver is one of a handful of novelists with a science background, and she puts it to use in her new novel Flight Behavior. Kingsolver discusses the book and why she chose to look at the the issue of climate change in a fictional work set in rural Tennessee. This interview was originally broadcast on November 9, 2012.
April 19, 2013 In his latest book Hallucinations, neurologist Oliver Sacks collects stories of individuals who can see, hear and smell things that aren't really there—such as strange voices, or collages of unrecognizable faces—and explores the disorders and drugs that can produce such illusions. This interview was originally broadcast on November 9, 2012.
April 18, 2013 The Lee bothers, Matt and Ted, have written two cookbooks about Southern cuisine, but now they've turned their attention to a more specific region: Charleston, the city they grew up in. Their new book contains recipes and stories from a seafood-centric community with a rich culinary history.
April 21, 2013 Nate Klug is a poet and candidate for ordination in the United Church of Christ. "Poetry is a form where the language is under so much pressure," he says, "and that can really bring about wonderful surprises and insights in our ways of talking about God or thinking about our faith."
April 17, 2013 Caitlin Freeman is an artist who uses sweet confections as her primary medium. Her desserts are clever culinary homages to the great works of art that hang at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Her new book details how to re-create some of her edible art at home.
April 17, 2013 Fred Hiatt's new young-adult novel, Nine Days, is based on the real-life story of a Chinese dissident's daughter trying to solve the mystery of her father's disappearance. Ti-Anna Wang, the real-life woman who inspired the tale, says her father had been kidnapped by Chinese agents during a trip to Vietnam.
April 17, 2013 Bullying has become a hot topic for schools and the media following several highly publicized incidents. But some worry that in our enthusiasm to tackle this social problem, we are creating new problems. David Greene talks to Slate writer Emily Bazelon about her new book on bullying called Sticks and Stones.
April 16, 2013 In his new book, The Dispensable Nation, former State Department adviser Vali Nasr explores the state of U.S. foreign policy in Afghanistan and beyond. Nasr says the U.S. "is happy ... to play a less important role, to no longer be the stabilizer."
April 15, 2013 Before the movies, Broadway musicals and Halloween costumes, L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was a smash hit of a children's book published in 1900. NPR's Backseat Book Club goes back to where the Yellow Brick Road began with children's book historian Michael Patrick Hearn.
April 16, 2013 In The Child Catchers, Kathryn Joyce explores the outsized influence of evangelical Christian groups on the overseas adoption industry. The adoption movement has orchestrated a boom-and-bust market that can exploit poor families in countries where regulations are weak and "orphans" may not actually be orphans.
April 15, 2013 In 2003, a hospital nurse named Charlie Cullen was arrested under suspicion of injecting patients with lethal doses of a variety of medications. He is now considered one of the nation's most prolific serial killers. Journalist Charles Graeber explains how the hospital system failed to stop Cullen.
April 15, 2013 Famed Kenyan author and professor Ngugi wa Thiong'o was arrested and eventually exiled after criticizing his nation's post-colonial government. But he says he can't be knocked down. Host Michel Martin talks with Ngugi about his memoir, In the House of the Interpreter.
April 15, 2013 Questlove, drummer and co-founder of The Roots, is coming out with a memoir in June called Mo' Meta Blues, co-written with Ben Greenman. The musician spoke with NPR intern Lidia Jean Kott about why the movie Spring Breakers made him feel like less of a rock star, and whether you can ever outgrow being a dweeb.