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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 13, 2013 Also: Donald Hall's life in beards, Kenn Nesbitt to be the next Children's Poet Laureate.
June 12, 2013 Also: A comic book for the blind; Salvador Dali's great, trippy Alice in Wonderland illustrations.
June 11, 2013 Also: Charlotte Bronte's French homework fetches a staggering sum; McArthur & Company is closing its doors.
June 11, 2013 NPR Books is replete with readers of grown-up books, but editor Petra Mayer prefers a good YA novel any day. She picks five (well, really six) of her favorite summer YA reads, from first love in 1980s Omaha to far-future Brazil and beyond.
June 10, 2013 NPR's Barrie Hardymon has been scanning the catalogs all year, searching for the summer's best books. Her five favorites range from young-adult fiction to a memoir about cheese.
June 10, 2013 Also: U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey to be given second term; the best books coming out this week.
June 10, 2013 Both Elsa Schiaparelli and Audrey Morgen Volk loved clothing. They were also strict, impatient and volatile. In her memoir, Patricia Volk describes how an iconoclastic, Italian fashion designer and a loving, perfectionist mother helped her move into adulthood.
June 9, 2013 Writer Jody Arlington picks three hot summer graphic-novel reads. The twist? They all star anthropomorphic animals: Doughty badger detective LeBrock, hard-boiled cat detective John Blacksad and resistance rabbit Hardin dodge assassins, steal secrets and track down the missing just like their human counterparts.
September 20, 2013 Chip Kidd doesn't judge a book by its cover — he creates covers that embody the books. Kidd's book covers are visual haikus that instantly convey the heart of the story inside. In his TEDTalk, he shows the art and deep thought of his cover designs.
June 7, 2013 Also: The editor of the Science Fiction Writers of America Bulletin is stepping down amid a controversy over sexism; Kevin Barry's City of Bohane wins the IMPAC Dublin Award; an impromptu library for Turkish protesters.
June 6, 2013 Also: Orhan Pamuk on the protests in Turkey; Adam Johnson on Kim Jong Il's sushi chef.
June 5, 2013 Also: T.S. Eliot on cats; LGBT literary awards; and Jonah Lehrer gets back in the game.
June 4, 2013 Also: Leon Panetta is writing a book; Alexander McCall Smith buys some islands.
June 4, 2013 Lawyers for Apple will be back in court again Tuesday defending the company against government charges that it conspired with publishers to fix e-book prices. All the major publishing houses settled months ago with the Justice Department. In opening statements, Apple's lawyer said the company won't settle because it did nothing wrong.