NPR stories about Author Interviews
November 15, 2012 Service members are known for their discipline and their ability to stay cool under fire. Veteran and financial planner Steve Repak says those skills are crucial to managing everyday finances. He speaks with host Michel Martin about his book, Dollars and Uncommon Sense: Basic Training for Your Money.
November 14, 2012 In her memoir, Susannah Cahalan writes about the month she descended into madness, experiencing seizures, paranoia, psychosis and catatonia. At first, her family was frightened, and her doctors, baffled. The eventual prognosis? A rare autoimmune disease that was attacking her brain.
November 13, 2012 In his new book, Oliver Burkeman shuns motivational seminars and the power of positive thinking in favor of uncertainty, insecurity and even pessimism. "Trying to let [negative] feelings be and not always struggling to stamp them out is a more fruitful alternative," he says.
November 13, 2012 Irish writer Colm Toibin's novella recounts familiar stories of the New Testament, as seen through the eyes of Jesus' mother. But this isn't the iconic blushing virgin you're used to seeing. Toibin's Mary is modeled after the fierce heroines of Greek tragedies — and she is filled with anger.
November 12, 2012 Andrew Solomon's new book is about families with children who are profoundly different or likely to be stigmatized. "We all love flawed children," says Solomon, "and the general assumption that these more extreme flaws make ... children somehow unlovable — it wasn't true of most of my experience."
November 11, 2012 Jon Ronson, the bestselling author of The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare at Goats, has spent his life exploring mysterious events and meeting extraordinary people. His newest book, Lost at Sea, is a collection of true mini-adventures he has written along the way.
November 11, 2012 Host Rachel Martin talks with Gregory Johnsen about his new book detailing the U.S. campaign against al-Qaida in Yemen. The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America's War in Arabia covers the drone strikes and the moral dilemma posed by the U.S. war against al-Qaida.
November 11, 2012 Two hundred years after the Brothers Grimm published their first collection of fairy tales, Philip Pullman, author of The Golden Compass, revisits "Hansel and Gretel," "The Frog Prince" and other original Grimm stories in his latest book, Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm.
November 10, 2012 Serena Frome is more bookworm than spy, but her bosses at MI5 have the perfect mission for her: to cultivate and fund British writers whose politics align with those of the government. Literature and Cold War espionage collide in Ian McEwan's new novel.
November 10, 2012 For 10 years, journalist Yang Jinsheng secretly collected official evidence about the terrible famine in China a half-century ago. In his chilling book Tombstone — which is banned in his homeland — Yang estimates that 36 million people died of starvation and other causes during the famine, even as grain exports continued.
November 10, 2012 In The Entertainer, Margaret Talbot chronicles her family history and the rise of popular American entertainment. Her father, actor Lyle Talbot, "loved to work," the author says. "He was somebody who felt very lucky that he was able to make a living doing what he loved in a creative field."