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June 13, 2013 Also: Donald Hall's life in beards, Kenn Nesbitt to be the next Children's Poet Laureate.
June 13, 2013 NPR correspondent Joseph Shapiro and his 15-year-old daughter, Eva, were blown away by the quality of teen writing at last week's Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in New York. While schools might debate the best way to teach writing, teen writers will seek a creative outlet no matter what.
June 14, 2013 Also: Nobody bought Faulkner's Nobel prize at auction; details of a new Salinger documentary.
June 16, 2013 The fictional tale about war correspondents will make you laugh till the person next to you on the subway thinks you have problems. It is also, according to writer Alexander Nazaryan, an all-too-real parody of the glory days of print journalism.
June 17, 2013 Also: Judy Blume gets her own holiday; Michael Chabon considers the superhero costume; the best books coming out this week.
June 18, 2013 The anonymous book sculptor of Edinburgh strikes again; the childhood drawings of E.E. Cummings; Jonathan Franzen on literary sexism.
June 19, 2013 Also: The folly of marathon readings; Tom Wolfe has a new book; VICE apologizes for tasteless photo spread.
June 20, 2013 James Salter has been acclaimed by critics as one of the greatest writers of his generation. He's been compared to Updike and Roth — but NPR's Lidia Jean Kott says Salter has trouble writing fully realized female characters, depicting them instead as meals to be devoured by the men.
June 20, 2013 Also: The Apple ebook trial wraps up; the unique horror of Kafka's stories; James Salter's woman troubles.
June 21, 2013 Also: An Oklahoma salesman is accused of stealing $2.8 million in textbooks; Joseph Epstein on why Kafka is overrated.
June 22, 2013 British author Robert Aickman was considered the father of the "strange stories" genre: not exactly ghost stories, but haunted tales of inner fears and unspoken desires. Now, his work is being republished, and inspiring a new generation of writers.
June 23, 2013 Sometimes our eyes are bigger than our baking skills. Reviewer T. Susan Chang recommends three cookbooks with pictures that indulge our senses while sparing our waistlines. Do you have a favorite cookbook? Let us know in the comments.
June 24, 2013 Also: Lemony Snicket on storytelling; the best books coming out this week.
June 24, 2013 Science fiction author Richard Matheson's work included The Shrinking Man, I Am Legend, and numerous TV and movie scripts. For five decades, his work injected a sense of humanity into science fiction.