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April 12, 2013 Although Venezuela has a rich literary culture, its writers remain largely unknown outside of the country. Marcela Valdes traces the intersection of literature and politics in the large Caribbean nation, showing the forces that have kept Venezuelan writers from getting the praise they deserve.
April 12, 2013 In softcover nonfiction, Fawzia Koofi reflects on her hard-won empowerment in Afghanistan, Gustavo Arellano surveys America's obsession with Mexican cuisine and Craig Havighurst documents the rich history of Nashville country radio.
April 12, 2013 Also: Ireland bungles James Joyce coins; a literary hoax; and a new D.H Lawrence manuscript.
April 14, 2013 Tomás Rivera's ... And the Earth Did Not Devour Him is the account of a boy bearing witness to the injustices faced by migrant workers in the mid-20th century. Author Alex Espinoza says this book showed him that storytelling doesn't have to be private, it can be revolutionary.
April 15, 2013 Questlove, drummer and co-founder of The Roots, is coming out with a memoir in June called Mo' Meta Blues, co-written with Ben Greenman. The musician spoke with NPR intern Lidia Jean Kott about why the movie Spring Breakers made him feel like less of a rock star, and whether you can ever outgrow being a dweeb.
April 15, 2013 Also: David Foster Wallace on taxes; Marvel Comics accused of sexism; the best books coming out this week.
April 15, 2013 The winners of the 2013 Pulitzer Prizes, with awards for journalism, fiction, poetry, drama and music were announced Monday. Among the winners are Adam Johnson for his novel The Orphan Master's Son and The Denver Post for its breaking news coverage of the mass shooting at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater in July 2012. Co-host Robert Siegel speaks with NPR's David Folkenflik about the winners.
April 15, 2013 Literary magazine Granta's "Best of Young British Novelists" issue reflects the changing face of U.K. literature.
April 16, 2013 Granta has published its once-a-decade list of the best young British novelists. It's a hefty volume that's showcased names like Salman Rushdie and David Mitchell in the past. This year's list is impressively diverse — though Granta editor John Freeman says that wasn't intentional.
April 16, 2013 Also, Captain Underpants is under attack; Granta's new "Best Of Young British Novelists"; the Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist announced.
April 16, 2013 Adam Johnson took the fiction prize for The Orphan Master's Son, his sharp take on life in the authoritarian regime under Kim Jong Il.
April 17, 2013 Also: Shakespeare's favorite month; Edith Wharton's birthplace is now a Starbucks; book cover designers on jacket art.
April 18, 2013 Also: an animated interview with David Foster Wallace; the self-publishing trend; and a spirited defense of Justin Bieber.
April 20, 2013 D.A. Mishani is the author of one of the few detective novels written in Hebrew. He talked to intern Lidia Jean Kott about why the genre has historically been unpopular in Israel and about the dangers of reading too much crime fiction.