Author Interviews NPR interviews with top authors and the NPR Book Tour, a weekly feature and podcast where leading authors read and discuss their writing. Subscribe to the RSS feed.

Author Interviews

Illustrations © 2024 Jess Hannigan

Hold on to your wishes — there's a 'Spider in the Well'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1252085641/1252350878" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Macmillian

Writer Carvell Wallace on past pain and forgiveness: Letting go is 'always available'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1251569311/1251842742" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Author Miranda July poses next to her novel, "All Fours" Elizabeth Weinberg/Amazon hide caption

toggle caption
Elizabeth Weinberg/Amazon

Serj Tankian, singer for System of a Down Travis Shinn/Hachette Books hide caption

toggle caption
Travis Shinn/Hachette Books

System of a Down's Serj Tankian on his memoir, why a new album hasn't come since 2005

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1250973443/1251200158" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

"When I first started being in Bikini Kill, I thought of myself as a feminist performance artist who was in a punk band," Kathleen Hanna says. Rachel Bright/Ecco hide caption

toggle caption
Rachel Bright/Ecco

Kathleen Hanna on life as a 'Rebel Girl,' and the joy of expressing anger in public

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1250507900/1250983400" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Author Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses 'The Sympathizer' and his escape from Vietnam

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1250438750/1250524641" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Author Daniel A. Olivas poses next to the cover of his recent book, Chicano Frankenstein Author headshot via publisher hide caption

toggle caption
Author headshot via publisher

In 'Chicano Frankenstein,' the undead are the new underpaid labor force

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1197956379/1249676629" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Brittney Griner warms up before a game against the New York Liberty at Barclays Center on July 05, 2023. Dustin Satloff/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Dustin Satloff/Getty Images

Brittney Griner shares her experience behind bars in Russia

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1198911425/1249811221" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Griner competes for Team USA on Aug. 8, 2021, during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Griner won gold medals in both Tokyo and in Rio de Janeiro. Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images

Brittney Griner reflects on 'Coming Home' after nearly 300 days in a Russian prison

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1249594071/1249710689" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

"The primary way plants communicate with each other is through a language, so to speak, of chemical gasses," journalist Zoë Schlanger says. Mohd Rasfan/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Mohd Rasfan/AFP via Getty Images

Plants can communicate and respond to touch. Does that mean they're intelligent?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1249310672/1249370521" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Brittney Griner on the court in September 2023. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Ethan Miller/Getty Images

'I did not feel like a human': Brittney Griner tells NPR about detention in Russia

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1248750802/1249248035" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Mary Long/Getty Images

In 'The Unexpected,' Emily Oster tackles the emotional toll of difficult pregnancies

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1248422484/1248648098" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Author Ava Chin poses next to the cover of her recent book, Mott Street: A Chinese American Family's Story of Exclusion and Homecoming Author headshot via Tommy Kha hide caption

toggle caption
Author headshot via Tommy Kha

English actress Judi Dench at a dress rehearsal of 'Hamlet', making her London debut as Ophelia in 1957. Bob Haswell/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Bob Haswell/Getty Images

Judi Dench reflects on a career built around Shakespeare

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1198911369/1248254992" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Left: An Ebony Fashion Fair Model. Right: A hand holds up a copy of Ebony magazine in front of a Chicago skyline. (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images)/ (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images) hide caption

toggle caption
(Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images)/ (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Novelist John Green says OCD is like an 'invasive weed' inside his mind

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1247170311/1247513687" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Simon Schuster

Barbara Walters forged a path for women in journalism, but not without paying a price

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1246719526/1246887451" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Keary Hines, Prairie View, Texas. Ivan McClellan hide caption

toggle caption
Ivan McClellan

A photographer documented Black cowboys across the U.S. for a new book

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1246716227/1246780950" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A sample of pages from chapter 9 of the book, which profiles poet and essayist Louise Glück. Penguin Press hide caption

toggle caption
Penguin Press

In a collection of 40+ interviews, author Adam Moss tries to find the key to creation

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1246239543/1246431836" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

After decades creating and publishing recipes, cookbook author Joan Nathan has released what she said is likely her final book, a cookbook and memoir called "My Life in Recipes." Michael Zamora/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Michael Zamora/NPR

After years of documenting Jewish food traditions, Joan Nathan focuses on her family's

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1246389268/1246427164" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">