- Author Explores Preacher Father’s Silence On Racial Injustice In 1960s Alabamaon March 6, 2021 at 10:17 pm
NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist John Archibald about his book, Shaking the Gates of Hell: A Search for Family and Truth in the Wake of the Civil Rights Revolution.
- Jo Owens Gives Voice To Stroke Survivor In Debut Novel ‘A Funny Side Of Paradise’on March 6, 2021 at 12:58 pm
The book A Funny Kind of Paradise is told from the point of view of a stroke survivor living in a long-term care facility. NPR’s Scott Simon speaks with debut novelist Jo Owens.
- Imbolo Mbue Tells A Tale Of Corporate Greed And Environmental Destruction In New Bookon March 6, 2021 at 12:58 pm
NPR’s Scott Simon asks author Imbolo Mbue about her new novel, How Beautiful We Were.
- Reclaiming Family And Memory In ‘Sparks Like Stars’by Marcela Davison Avilés on March 6, 2021 at 12:00 pm
Nadia Hashmi’s new novel follows an Afghan woman who escaped the murder of her family during a coup; her comfortable life in New York City is turned upside down when a figure from the past reappears.
- Author Kazuo Ishiguro Explores Love, Loneliness And Connection In ‘Klara And The Sun’on March 5, 2021 at 9:31 pm
NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks with Kazuo Ishiguro about his new novel, Klara and the Sun, a story about a small AI girl robot created to keep teens from becoming lonely.
- James McBride’s Advice For New Writers: ‘A Simple Story Is The Best Story’by Terry Gross on March 5, 2021 at 6:43 pm
McBride’s most recent novel, Deacon King Kong, is set in a Brooklyn housing project in 1969. “Time and place is really crucial to good storytelling,” he says. Originally broadcast Feb. 29, 2020.
- ‘The Committed’ Remains Uncommitted — And That’s Its Strengthby Thúy Đinh on March 4, 2021 at 3:00 pm
Viet Thanh Nguyen’s sequel to his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Sympathizer finds our hero a refugee again, this time in Paris, and disillusioned with communism but not ready to embrace capitalism.
- ‘Home Is Not A Country’ Imagines The Lives We Could Have Ledby Nayantara Dutta on March 4, 2021 at 12:00 pm
Safia Elhillo’s novel follows a first-generation Muslim American girl who, bullied at school, longs for the homeland she’s never really known and the alter ego who represents a more confident self.
- ‘Klara And The Sun’ Is A Masterpiece About Life, Love And Mortalityby Maureen Corrigan on March 3, 2021 at 2:41 pm
Narrated by a robotic “artificial friend,” Kazuo Ishiguro’s latest novel offers readers a deeper understanding of what it means to be human.
- There Are So Many Flavors Of Potato Chips; ‘Hooked’ Looks At Whyby Barbara J. King on March 3, 2021 at 9:30 am
Investigative reporter Michael Moss explores how some food companies tweak their products to take advantage of evolved biology, creating room for novelty that triggers the brain to make us want more.
- Looking Again At A Doctor’s Old Rhymes, Seuss Works Haven’t Kept Up With The Timesby Neda Ulaby on March 2, 2021 at 9:27 pm
Dr. Seuss Enterprises has announced it will end publication of six titles deemed to contain racist imagery. The books include And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street and If I Ran the Zoo.
- How Bellingcat’s Online Sleuths Solve Global Crimes Using Open Source Infoby Terry Gross on March 2, 2021 at 6:31 pm
Eliot Higgins is the founder of an online collective that picks apart conspiracy theories and investigates war crimes and hate crimes using clues from the Internet. His new book is We Are Bellingcat.
- ‘Machinehood’ Upgrades Asimov’s 3 Laws Of Roboticsby Fran Wilde on March 2, 2021 at 3:00 pm
S.B. Divya’s debut novel does what the best science fiction does — establishes a future that’s relatable, plausible, and infinitely strange, where implants and wearable tech help humans survive.
- Dr. Seuss Enterprises Will Shelve 6 Books, Citing ‘Hurtful’ Portrayalsby Bill Chappell on March 2, 2021 at 1:41 pm
The decision includes books such as And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street and If I Ran the Zoo. They have been criticized for how they depict Asian and Black people.
- ‘Klara And The Sun’ Asks What It Means To Be Humanby Annalisa Quinn on March 2, 2021 at 12:00 pm
Kazuo Ishiguro’s lovely, mournful new novel is set in a world where children can have android companions, known as Artificial Friends — but can those artificial friends ever replace the children?