NPR stories about Author Interviews
November 8, 2012 Sometimes a son isn't a chip off the old block, and a mother isn't anything like her daughter. Straight parents have gay kids; hearing parents have deaf kids; and autistic kids are born to parents who don't have autism. In a new book, Andrew Solomon looks at how families cope with their differences.
November 8, 2012 Since the end of the Cold War, many Americans have largely dismissed the threat of nuclear war. But Paul Bracken warns that Americans feel a misguided sense of calm. In The Second Nuclear Age, he argues that the second age of nuclear politics has arrived and the U.S. must face a new nuclear reality.
November 7, 2012 President Obama has been re-elected. Democrats and Republicans have maintained their respective majorities in the Senate and in the House. So does this mean there will be more partisan gridlock? Fresh Air talks with political analyst Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute.
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 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."
November 5, 2012 From the time their son Joe was 3, John Schwartz and his wife, Jeanne Mixon, suspected he was gay. They supported him through troubles in school and when he decided to come out — but as a teen, Joe attempted suicide. Their memoir, Oddly Normal, chronicles their experiences.
November 5, 2012 Women make up nearly half of the college-educated workforce, but hold less than a quarter of STEM jobs — as in jobs that involve science, technology, engineering and math. Actress turned mathematician Danica McKellar wants to turn those numbers around. She speaks to host Michel Martin about her latest math book for young girls, Girls Get Curves.
November 4, 2012 Actor Richard Burton was one of the most acclaimed actors of his time, but his tumultuous relationship with Elizabeth Taylor captured the public's curiosity. A new book of his diaries reveals his dramatic personal life. Host Rachel Martin talks to Burton's daughter, Kate, and Chris Williams, who edited the diaries.
November 3, 2012 Dashiell Hammett's The Thin Man invented a new kind of crime fiction. It was hard-boiled, but also light-hearted; funny, with a hint of homicide. Now, for the first time, the stories of After the Thin Man and Another Thin Man have been published as novellas.
November 2, 2012 In 1877, Anna Sewell wrote a novel about human kindness and cruelty — all from the point of view of a horse. In the decades since, Black Beauty has been embraced by generations of children, and has helped change the way we treat and think about horses.
November 2, 2012 Most Americans think of the bow and arrow as a tool for hunting or sports. But writer and craftsman Joseph Marshall III has always seen the bow and arrow as a source of spiritual guidance. For Native American Heritage Month, host Michel Martin speaks with Marshall about his book The Lakota Way of Strength and Courage.
November 1, 2012 Author Eric Deggans dissects coverage of events such as Hurricane Katrina, the Trayvon Martin case and the 2012 presidential election to build an argument that Americans lack the right vocabulary for talking about race. And the echo chambers of our fractured media landscape, he adds, don't help.