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June 20, 2013 Also: The Apple ebook trial wraps up; the unique horror of Kafka's stories; James Salter's woman troubles.
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 19, 2013 Also: The folly of marathon readings; Tom Wolfe has a new book; VICE apologizes for tasteless photo spread.
June 18, 2013 The anonymous book sculptor of Edinburgh strikes again; the childhood drawings of E.E. Cummings; Jonathan Franzen on literary sexism.
June 17, 2013 Also: Judy Blume gets her own holiday; Michael Chabon considers the superhero costume; the best books coming out this week.
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 14, 2013 Also: Nobody bought Faulkner's Nobel prize at auction; details of a new Salinger documentary.
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.