Lynn Neary Lynn Neary is an NPR arts correspondent covering books and publishing.
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Lynn Neary

Correspondent, Arts Desk and Guest Host

Lynn Neary is an NPR arts correspondent covering books and publishing.

Not only does she report on the business of books and explore literary trends and ideas, Neary has also met and profiled many of her favorite authors. She has wandered the streets of Baltimore with Anne Tyler and the forests of the Great Smoky Mountains with Richard Powers. She has helped readers discover great new writers like Tommy Orange, author of There, There, and has introduced them to future bestsellers like A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.

Arriving at NPR in 1982, Neary spent two years working as a newscaster on Morning Edition. For the next eight years, Neary was the host of Weekend All Things Considered. Throughout her career at NPR, she has been a frequent guest host on all of NPR's news programs including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, and Talk of the Nation.

In 1992, Neary joined the cultural desk to develop NPR's first religion beat. As religion correspondent, Neary covered the country's diverse religious landscape and the politics of the religious right.

Neary has won numerous prestigious awards including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Gold Award, an Ohio State Award, an Association of Women in Radio and Television Award, and the Gabriel award. For her reporting on the role of religion in the debate over welfare reform, Neary shared in NPR's 1996 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton Award.

A graduate of Fordham University, Neary thinks she may be the envy of English majors everywhere.

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Amy has long been vilified for burning one of Jo's manuscripts. But Greta Gerwig's adaptation of Little Women takes a more nuanced look at the youngest March sister, played here by Florence Pugh. Wilson Webb/CTMG/Columbia Pictures hide caption

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Which March Sister Are You? The Latest 'Little Women' Makes It Hard To Decide

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'Little Women': Book Vs. Movie

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NPR's Book Concierge offers 350+ new books handpicked by NPR staff and critics — including Lynn Neary. Click here to find your next great read. NPR hide caption

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'Red At The Bone': 3 Generations, 2 Families, 1 Unforgettable Novel

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The Last Decade Has Been Tumultuous For The Publishing Industry

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Authors Celebrated At 70th Anniversary Of National Book Awards

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As of Friday, Macmillan Publishers Ltd. is drastically restricting the sales of eBooks to libraries. Andrius Aleksandravicius/EyeEm/Getty Images hide caption

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You May Have To Wait To Borrow A New E-Book From The Library

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New Barnes & Noble CEO Started His Career As An Independent Bookseller

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Peter Handke, Olga Tokarczuk Win Nobel Prizes In Literature

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Nobel Committee To Release 2018 And 2019 Literature Prizes On Thursday

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Swedish Academy To Name 2 Nobel Laureates in Literature In 2019, After Missing 2018

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Zadie Smith Has An Eclectic Mix Of Short Stories In 'Grand Union'

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Renia Spiegel (left) and her younger sister, now known as Elizabeth Bellak, wade in the Dniester River around 1935. The photo can be seen on the cover of the published edition of Renia's Diary. Courtesy of Elizabeth Bellak/St. Martin's Press hide caption

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Renia Spiegel's Diary Survived The Holocaust. People Are Finally Reading It

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'The Secrets We Kept' Imagines What CIA Secretaries Knew

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Amazon Critics Angry Over Accidental Early Release Of Margaret Atwood Novel

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