NPR stories about Author Interviews
October 8, 2012 Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk's 1983 novel Silent House is being released in English for the first time this week. All Things Considered host Robert Siegel talks with the Nobel Laureate about what took so long to get the book translated and how he's changed as a writer since it was first published in Turkish nearly 30 years ago.
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.
October 8, 2012 The author and poet is known for his perspective on being a Native American in contemporary culture. Alexie shares his recommendations for YouTube videos, movies and TV shows, including iconic Olympic moments, raunchy British teens and an Eastwood Western.
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 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 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 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 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.