NPR stories about Author Interviews
September 17, 2012 Jeffrey Toobin's new book, The Oath, explores how President Obama and Chief Justice John Roberts are at odds over constitutional law. Toobin tells Fresh Air that while Obama likes precedent when it comes to the Supreme Court, Roberts "wants to move the court in a dramatically new direction."
September 17, 2012 Following last week's deadly assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya over an anti-Islam movie, parallels have been drawn to a novel published in 1988. Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses angered Muslims around the world, and prompted Iran's leader to call for the author's death. Rushdie talks to Steve Inskeep about some of the reasons behind the recent violence.
September 16, 2012 Author Maggie Stiefvater's latest young-adult series kicks off with the tale of a young girl from a poor but psychic family, and her star-crossed romance with a rich private-school boy. Stiefvater based the tale on magic and Welsh mythology, but set it in small-town Virginia.
September 16, 2012 Political campaigning is increasingly driven by data. Journalist Sasha Issenberg says voter outreach has shifted from a precinct-centered game to one focused on individuals' behavior. In his new book, The Victory Lab, he says the smallest changes in tactic have had the biggest impact on politics.
September 15, 2012 Did you know the Count of Monte Cristo was based on a real man? General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas was a hero of the French Revolution. But he's now forgotten by almost everyone except the son who shared his name and used his father's life as inspiration for some of the greatest novels of all time.
September 15, 2012 It's been almost 20 years since Irvine Welsh first introduced Rent, Spud and Sick Boy — a group of gritty characters struggling to survive a grim, heroin-fueled existence in late-1980s Edinburgh. Welsh brings the boys back in his new prequel, Skagboys.
September 14, 2012 A lot of Jewish people identify somewhere between orthodox and atheist. As Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur approach many might come face-to-face with questions about faith and identity. Host Michel Martin talks with Theodore Ross about his book and his journey to answer the question, Am I A Jew?
September 13, 2012 To understand many of the triumphs, tragedies and conflicts in the world, geopolitical analyst Robert Kaplan says to look no further than a map. In his book The Revenge of Geography, Kaplan argues that geography is central to understanding the history and future of world affairs.
September 12, 2012 The Anisfield Wolf Book Awards recognize works that expand understanding of race and diversity. This year's Lifetime Achievement prize is going to Professor Arnold Rampersad for his biographies of prominent African-Americans like Langston Hughes, Jackie Robinson and W.E.B Du Bois. Host Michel Martin speaks to Professor Rampersad about his life's work.
September 11, 2012 More than 10 years since a new generation of Americans went into combat, the soldiers themselves are starting to write the story of war. Three recent releases show how their experiences give them the authority to describe the war, fictionalize it, and even satirize it.
September 11, 2012 Yunior is a gruff, masculine artist who finds it nearly impossible to stay faithful to the women in his life. And then the day comes when all of that betrayal finally catches up with him. In This Is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz delves into what it takes to get an adulterer to change his ways.
September 10, 2012 Several colleges and universities have adopted a common read program, where freshmen read the same book during the summer and discuss it once on campus. Author Max Brooks discusses what students can learn from his book World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.
September 10, 2012 Women have fought tirelessly to establish equal footing for themselves in relationships, politics and the workplace — and according to writer Hanna Rosin, they've finally arrived. "We have to redefine what we mean by 'head of the household,'" she says.