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July 16, 2012 Covey advocated for a moral transformation in business. To do good, he said, you have to be good.
July 16, 2012 For author Bruce DeSilva, Providence, R.I.'s storied history of mob violence and small-town sense of intimacy make it the perfect place to set his crime fiction. The only trouble, he says, is toning down the truth just enough to make it believable.
July 15, 2012 Before most Chinese readers learned of Romeo and Juliet, they fell for Dream of the Red Chamber. The 18th-century novel follows a love triangle between a boy and his two female cousins. It's been called China's greatest literary work, and now a new adaptation hopes to introduce it to an American audience.
July 13, 2012 American author Donna Leon uses the Italian city as the backdrop for her Commissario Brunetti detective stories. In Leon's Venice, the violence usually occurs at dawn. This piece, part of our Crime in the City series, originally aired August 8, 2007 on Morning Edition.
July 5, 2012 Rasta men, international literati and jerk chicken are just some of what you'll find at Jamaica's Calabash Literary Festival, an event that is reinventing the lit fest tradition by adding a distinctly Jamaican spirit. You may never look at those other wine-and-cheese shindigs in the same way.
June 26, 2012 When Colum McCann came to the U.S. from Ireland in the early 1980s, he set out on a cross-country bicycle trip to get to know his new country and its stories. He's spent the years since telling those tales through prose. With his Story Swap project, McCann is helping diverse communities better understand each other by sharing their own stories.
June 21, 2012 An old copy of The War of the Worlds, once belonging to rocket scientist Robert Goddard, prompts essayist Amanda Katz to muse on what we lose when we stop reading — and passing along — physical books.
June 11, 2012 Food truck culture is developing its own lingo, with words like "ventrification" and "nonstaurant." And, just like the lingo started by restaurant workers and truckers, these words may be coming to a slang dictionary near you soon.