October 17, 2012 Long lines snaked around New York City Tuesday as J.K. Rowling made her only U.S. appearance promoting her new book for adults, The Casual Vacancy. NPR's Margot Adler reports that while the crowds were large, they were overjoyed to meet the woman who created Harry Potter.
July 10, 2012 Author Deborah Harkness hit it big in 2011 with A Discovery of Witches. The sequel, Shadow of Night, picks up where Witches left off, with historian Diana and her vampire lover Matthew on an adventure across 16th-century Europe amid a massive cast of historical characters.
June 12, 2012 A renovation plan for the New York Public Library building on Manhattan's 42nd Street is being hotly contested. The plan calls for demolishing seven floors of stacks and moving many of the books to New Jersey. Supporters say the plan will salvage a strapped library system; critics say it will imperil the work of researchers.
June 7, 2012 Claude Monet is famous for his impressionist paintings, but a new exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden looks at the horticultural skill that informed his art. One horticulturalist says, "Monet would never have been the painter he became if he wasn't the gardener he was."
May 7, 2012 Technology is finally catching up to the ancient pastime of bird watching. Cell phones are already helping bird watchers get the word out on rare sightings and, soon, watchers will also have apps that forecast bird migration and identify birds by their songs.
April 30, 2012 In the 2008 Olympics, Rebecca Soni swam to a gold medal in the 200 breaststroke. She also won two silvers. Now 25, Soni hopes to add to her medal collection in London. One thing that's helped the world record holder? Not training quite so hard.
April 28, 2012 In the '70s, the environmentalist cult-classic Ecotopia helped inspire a movement. Margot Adler remembers those days and the novel's author, Ernest Callenbach, who died recently.