NPR stories about Author Interviews
October 4, 2012 Dominican-American novelist Junot Diaz was awarded a MacArthur "genius grant" and the no-strings-attached $500,000 prize that comes with it. The Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Brief And Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao talks about the grant, his writing process and how the award may affect his work.
October 4, 2012 For The Latin Road Home, chef Jose Garces traced the food traditions that have influenced his cooking. From Spain to Mexico, to Ecuador, Peru and Cuba, he investigated the techniques and ingredients that shaped the foods of his childhood. Garces talks about his journey, and shares favorite recipes.
October 5, 2012 In The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity, mathematician Steven Strogatz provides an entertaining refresher course in math, starting with the most elementary ideas, such as counting, and finishing with mind-bending theories of infinity—including the idea that some infinities can be bigger than others.
October 6, 2012 Mark Helprin's sweeping midcentury novel, In Sunlight and In Shadow, describes a postwar New York in limbo. Helprin borrowed from his own experiences to write this tale of love and familial obligations. "It's all based on what I know and what I knew," he says.
October 6, 2012 When Bashar Assad inherited the presidency of Syria in 2000, some in the West saw him as a potential reformer. Professor David Lesch of Trinity University met Assad several times. Host Scott Simon speaks with Lesch about his new book, Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad, a clear contrast to his earlier book, which touted Assad as "the new lion of Damascus."
October 7, 2012 When an aspiring writer agrees to look after his old friend's flat, enduring an absent homeowner's passive-aggressive notes isn't the worst that will happen. In his first novel, Care of Wooden Floors, Will Wiles follows a housesitting job gone terribly, terribly wrong.
October 7, 2012 Colin Meloy, best known as the Decemberists' front man, is also a novelist. His newest book is the second in a series for young readers, called Wildwood Chronicles. The book catches up with its precocious protagonist, Prue, who leaves the seventh grade to return to the magical world of Wildwood.
October 8, 2012 Wyclef Jean has been in the limelight for nearly two decades. He's a multi-platinum musician, producer, and politician in his native Haiti. Now, he's out with a new memoir, Purpose: An Immigrant's Story. He sits down with host Michel Martin to talk his book, his childhood in Haiti, and how music helped him adjust to life in the U.S.
October 8, 2012 Columbus Day always carries some controversy. In these politically correct times, people who want to learn more about Native Americans, and their side of the story, might be afraid to ask. Host Michel Martin sorts through some of those tough questions with Anton Treuer, who wrote Everything You Wanted To Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask.