Petra Mayer Petra Mayer is an editor at NPR Books, focusing on genre fiction.
Petra Mayer at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 21, 2019. (photo by Allison Shelley)
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Petra Mayer

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Petra Mayer at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 21, 2019. (photo by Allison Shelley)
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Petra Mayer

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Petra Mayer is an editor (and the resident nerd) at NPR Books, focusing on fiction, and particularly genre fiction. She brings to the job passion, speed-reading skills, and a truly impressive collection of Doctor Who doodads. You can also hear her on the air and on the occasional episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour.

Previously, she was an associate producer and director for All Things Considered on the weekends. She handled all of the show's books coverage, and she was also the person to ask if you wanted to know how much snow falls outside NPR's Washington headquarters on a Saturday, how to belly dance, or what pro wrestling looks like up close and personal.

Mayer originally came to NPR as an engineering assistant in 1994, while still attending Amherst College. After three years spending summers honing her soldering skills in the maintenance shop, she made the jump to Boston's WBUR as a newswriter in 1997. Mayer returned to NPR in 2000 after a roundabout journey that included a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and a two-year stint as an audio archivist and producer at the Prague headquarters of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. She still knows how to solder.

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In Queen of the Sea, 11-year-old Margaret befriends a mysterious visitor to her island home — and learns to play chess. Copyright 2019 by Dylan Meconis/Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press hide caption

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In 'Queen Of The Sea,' The Story Rides On Goatback

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The original San Diego Comic-Con committee, as drawn by Scott Shaw! and inspired by Jack Kirby. Courtesy of Scott Shaw! hide caption

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San Diego Comic-Con Is Turning 50: Here's Its Origin Story

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Godzilla — who's celebrating his own 65th birthday this year — watches over convention-goers on preview night at San Diego Comic Con. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images hide caption

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Judith Krantz, Queen Of The Sex And Shopping Novel, Dies At 91

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Clockwise from top left: Alexandra Petri, Guy Branum, Samantha Irby and Aparna Nancherla are judges for this 2019 NPR Summer Reader Poll. Gary Gershoff/Getty Images, Mindy Tucker, Eva Blue and Anna Webber/Getty Images hide caption

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LOL — This Year's Summer Reader Poll Is All About Funny Books

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In Head, the Monkees made a play for creative and cultural respect. Did it work? No. Was it a strangely great movie? Heck yeah. Photo by Moviestore/Shutterstock hide caption

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'The Ravenmaster' Is Definitely (There) For The Birds

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