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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Terry Jones performs the famous "Spam" sketch during 2014's Monty Python Live (Mostly) stage show. Jones died at the age of 77 after suffering from dementia. Dave J Hogan/Getty Images hide caption

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A Very Naughty Boy: Remembering Monty Python's Terry Jones

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Next National Ambassador For Young People's Literature Is Named

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Cursed Child's duel scene between Harry and Draco relies on human-powered special effects. Courtesy of Scholastic hide caption

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'Harry Potter And The Cursed Child' Makes Its Magic The Old-Fashioned Way

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NPR's Book Concierge returns with 350+ new books handpicked by NPR staff and critics. Click here to find your next great read. NPR hide caption

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It's Back! NPR Unveils 2019 Book Concierge

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London's 'Mudlark' Pulls Treasure From The Thames

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Tracy Chevalier says she learned the needlepoint stitches used by the women in A Single Thread while researching the book. Nina Subin hide caption

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Tracy Chevalier Says 'A Single Thread' Can Make All The Difference

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Margaret Atwood says reader questions about the world of The Handmaid's Tale — and the world we live in now — inspired The Testaments. Liam Sharp hide caption

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Hear Margaret Atwood's Exclusive Reading Of 'The Testaments'

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

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