- ‘Light Perpetual’ Imagines Adulthood For 5 Fictional Kids Killed In WWII Attackby Maureen Corrigan on June 22, 2021 at 4:32 pm
In 1944 an attack on a London Woolworths killed 168 people. In his new novel, Francis Spufford explores what “might have been” for five young casualties of war.
- From Poverty To Stanford, Memoir Tells A Physicist’s Remarkable Taleby Adam Frank on June 22, 2021 at 9:00 am
A Quantum Life is an important book to help understand the institutional hurdles that have kept science mostly white and male — and how the fire of inquiry can take root in a heart and lift it up.
- The Summer Reader Poll Returns: Tell Us Your Favorite New Sci-Fi And Fantasy Booksby Petra Mayer on June 22, 2021 at 9:00 am
Our famous Summer Reader Poll is back! It’s been 10 years since our original sci-fi and fantasy poll, and the field has changed so much since then — so tell us about your favorite new reads!
- Summer Reader Poll 2021: Meet Our Expert Judgesby Petra Mayer on June 22, 2021 at 9:00 am
As always, we’ve assembled a crack team of judges to help curate this year’s final summer poll list — Amal El-Mohtar, Ann Leckie, Tochi Onyebuchi and Fonda Lee.
- In ‘She Memes Well,’ Quinta Brunson Describes The Difficult Path To Her Comedy Careerby Ari Shapiro on June 21, 2021 at 8:30 pm
NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks with actor and stand up comedian Quinta Brunson about her first book, an essay collection called She Memes Well.
- Ibram X. Kendi Recommends 6 Books To Help Your Kids Understand Raceby Steve Inskeep on June 21, 2021 at 9:09 am
Ibram X. Kendi has been reading a lot of books about “the human rainbow” to his daughter — so we asked him to recommend some books kids can read to gain a better understanding of race in America.
- Kevin Hart Talks About His New Children’s Bookon June 20, 2021 at 9:11 pm
NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with comedian Kevin Hart about his new children’s book, Marcus Makes a Movie.
- Former Biden Advisor Analyzes U.S. Pandemic Response In New Bookon June 20, 2021 at 11:52 am
Andy Slavitt, former senior adviser to President Biden’s White House pandemic response team, discusses his new book, Preventable, about the U.S. government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- A Father’s Day Gift From Meghan To Harry Is Now A Kids’ Bookby Samantha Balaban on June 20, 2021 at 10:40 am
For Prince Harry’s first Father’s Day, the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan, got him a bench — and wrote a poem about the moments she hoped her husband and their son would share together there.
- ‘Widespread Panic’ Might Be The Most Ellroy Book James Ellroy Has Ever Writtenby Gabino Iglesias on June 20, 2021 at 9:00 am
The Demon Dog of Crime Fiction is back, with more boocoo bad business, pervs, prowlers, and putzo politicians than ever in this story of a real-life cop who knew it all (and had the pictures, too).
- Brandon Taylor On His New Story Collection, ‘Filthy Animals’on June 19, 2021 at 11:58 am
NPR’s Scott Simon talks with Brandon Taylor about his new collection of stories, Filthy Animals.
- For June, 3 Romances That Prove Love Is Love Is Loveby Maya Rodale on June 19, 2021 at 9:00 am
For Pride Month, we’re bringing you some of the best queer romances around, starring daring English highwaymen, mysterious secret operatives and a long-lost (and extremely reluctant) princess.
- 5 Books To Read On Social Justice That Go Beyond The Instructiveby Audie Cornish on June 18, 2021 at 9:18 am
Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy and Long Division, recommends five “incisive and innovative” books on social justice for Juneteenth.
- Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Rise Continues To Fascinate In ‘Dissent’by Michael Schaub on June 17, 2021 at 11:34 am
Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing for the top court still sticks in the minds of those all along the political spectrum; it’s the subject of several books, including a new one by Jackie Calmes.
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Directs Fiery Essay At Former Student — And Cancel Cultureby Anastasia Tsioulcas on June 17, 2021 at 9:00 am
Two literary stars from Nigeria are engaging in a very public feud — a fight that is both personal and also enfolds bigger questions about feminism, gender identity and social media.