NPR stories about Author Interviews
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.
September 9, 2012 Michael Chabon's eighth novel, Telegraph Avenue, delves deeply into issues of art, race and sexuality. The book started with a "very tiny world," Chabon says, a vinyl record shop not unlike a Berkeley store that inspired him in the late '90s.
September 9, 2012 In the 1960s, Lynn Povich was part of a revolution at Newsweek that changed women's roles in news organizations. Her new book, The Good Girls Revolt, describes how she recruited women in bathrooms to sue management. She tells NPR that even today, "vigilance is necessary."
September 8, 2012 In the book Yankee Miracles, Ray Negron tells his story of rising up through the ranks of Yankee baseball from bat boy to head of community outreach for one of the most storied teams in major league baseball. He talks with host Scott Simon.
September 6, 2012 Zadie Smith returns to old haunts in her latest novel, but it is a sobering homecoming. Where her first novel, White Teeth, was a wild ride into the diverse, vibrant rhythms of a city in transition, NW is a complex exploration of where the inhabitants of that world have landed.
September 4, 2012 In his new book, The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture, scholar Yoram Hazony makes the case that the ancient texts are a work of philosophy in narrative form. The scriptures are a cautionary tale — an epic that advocates wariness of great imperial powers and individualism in the face of authority.