Two Towering Figures Collide On The World Stage In '1917'

NPR Books - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 04:00

Arthur Herman's new book zooms in on Vladimir Lenin, Woodrow Wilson, and the vast, conflicting historical forces they embodied — and which came to a head in the fateful year of 1917.

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Two Towering Figures Collide On The World Stage In '1917'

NPR Arts - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 04:00

Arthur Herman's new book zooms in on Vladimir Lenin, Woodrow Wilson, and the vast, conflicting historical forces they embodied — and which came to a head in the fateful year of 1917.

(Image credit: Harper)

Categories: Literary & Art News

For Jesmyn Ward, Writing Means Telling The 'Truth About The Place That I Live In'

NPR Books - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 10:36

Ward's National Book Award-winning novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing, is set in a small town modeled after her own rural hometown. It centers on a biracial young boy confronting the South's racial legacy.

Categories: Literary & Art News

For Jesmyn Ward, Writing Means Telling The 'Truth About The Place That I Live In'

NPR Arts - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 10:36

Ward's National Book Award-winning novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing, is set in a small town modeled after her own rural hometown. It centers on a biracial young boy confronting the South's racial legacy.

Categories: Literary & Art News

'The World Goes On,' With Tiny Moments Of Joy Amid The Uncertainty

NPR Books - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 04:00

Susan Sontag once called author László Krasznahorkai the "contemporary Hungarian master of apocalypse," but his new book — while disturbing — isn't as hopeless as that might lead you to think.

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Categories: Literary & Art News

'The World Goes On,' With Tiny Moments Of Joy Amid The Uncertainty

NPR Arts - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 04:00

Susan Sontag once called author László Krasznahorkai the "contemporary Hungarian master of apocalypse," but his new book — while disturbing — isn't as hopeless as that might lead you to think.

(Image credit: Claire Harbage/NPR)

Categories: Literary & Art News

Bookseller's Foray Into Hollywood Is A Dickens Of A Tale

NPR Books - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 13:38

Mitch Kaplan runs Books & Books in Miami, and helped start the popular Miami Book Fair. Now, he's making movies based on books, like the new Charles Dickens biopic The Man Who Invented Christmas.

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Categories: Literary & Art News

Bookseller's Foray Into Hollywood Is A Dickens Of A Tale

NPR Arts - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 13:38

Mitch Kaplan runs Books & Books in Miami, and helped start the popular Miami Book Fair. Now, he's making movies based on books, like the new Charles Dickens biopic The Man Who Invented Christmas.

(Image credit: Kerry Brown/Bleecker Street Media)

Categories: Literary & Art News

Patton Oswalt: Falling In Love Again Was Like 'Getting Hit By Lightning Twice'

NPR Arts - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 10:57

After the sudden death of his first wife in April 2016, Oswalt felt his life slipping away. But over the past year, things took a turn: He fell in love again, and now he has a new Netflix special.

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From Madison Park To Washington, D.C. With Eric Motley

NPR Books - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 08:06

Raised by adoptive grandparents, Motley found his way to the Oval Office as a special assistant to President George W. Bush. Now, he's telling a story about what a good community can do, even when things are bad.

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'The Star' Brings Christianity To Hollywood In Animated, Nativity-Themed Film

NPR Arts - Sun, 11/26/2017 - 14:46

A new children's film The Star tells the Christmas nativity story through the eyes of the animals involved. NPR's Michel Martin talks to producer DeVon Franklin.

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New Biography Features Recipes Of Famed Chef And Cookbook Author Paula Wolfert

NPR Books - Sun, 11/26/2017 - 04:57

When Paula Wolfert was diagnosed with dementia, author Emily Kaiser Thelin set out to capture the chef's legacy, as well as her elaborate Mediterranean specialties, now featured in Unforgettable.

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The Call-In: Tension At The Holiday Dinner Table

NPR Arts - Sun, 11/26/2017 - 04:57

This week on The Call-In, NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks with father and son Nicholas Creel senior and junior before and after their Thanksgiving feast about navigating tense political differences.

Categories: Literary & Art News

New Biography Features Recipes Of Famed Chef And Cookbook Author Paula Wolfert

NPR Arts - Sun, 11/26/2017 - 04:57

When Paula Wolfert was diagnosed with dementia, author Emily Kaiser Thelin set out to capture the chef's legacy, as well as her elaborate Mediterranean specialties, now featured in Unforgettable.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Grand Central Life & Style)

Categories: Literary & Art News

'The Green Hand' Captures The Colorful Essence Of The Uncanny

NPR Books - Sun, 11/26/2017 - 04:00

Previously, American comics fans would've been lucky to discover French artist Nicole Claveloux in old issues of Heavy Metal magazine. Now, her delightfully weird work has been compiled in a new book.

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Categories: Literary & Art News

'The Green Hand' Captures The Colorful Essence Of The Uncanny

NPR Arts - Sun, 11/26/2017 - 04:00

Previously, American comics fans would've been lucky to discover French artist Nicole Claveloux in old issues of Heavy Metal magazine. Now, her delightfully weird work has been compiled in a new book.

(Image credit: New York Review Comics)

Categories: Literary & Art News

George Orwell's Life In 'The Last Man In Europe'

NPR Books - Sat, 11/25/2017 - 05:00

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Dennis Glover about his new book, The Last Man in Europe. Glover's novel is a fictionalized account of George Orwell's life as he wrote 1984.

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Brush Up Your Shelley With 'Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years'

NPR Books - Sat, 11/25/2017 - 04:00

Christopher Frayling's new celebration of Frankenstein is half art book, half scholarly study, tracing the famous monster's path from page to stage to screen, just in time for his 200th birthday.

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Categories: Literary & Art News

Brush Up Your Shelley With 'Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years'

NPR Arts - Sat, 11/25/2017 - 04:00

Christopher Frayling's new celebration of Frankenstein is half art book, half scholarly study, tracing the famous monster's path from page to stage to screen, just in time for his 200th birthday.

(Image credit: Reel Art Press)

Categories: Literary & Art News

Even After 100 Years, People Are Still Reaching For The Moon(Pie)

NPR Arts - Sat, 11/25/2017 - 03:58

Though the marshmallow-chocolate-graham cracker treat began a century ago as a coal-miner's snack, it is still made by the same Chattanooga bakery and has since become a cultural icon of the South.

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