books http://kuow.org en Gone Girl's Gillian Flynn On Becoming A Novelist (And Scaring The Heck Out Of People) http://kuow.org/post/gone-girls-gillian-flynn-becoming-novelist-and-scaring-heck-out-people <p>Welcome to the scary summer reading edition of <em>Speakers Forum</em>. This week you’ll be encouraged by our guest Gillian Flynn to read her best-selling novel, "Gone Girl," before the movie comes out in October.</p><p>You’ll hear her read the duly infamous “cool girl” passage, and learn the gritty details of her unusual writing technique. And as an added bonus, you’ll get Seattle writer Maria Semple’s take on the Flynn phenomenon. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:44:41 +0000 John O'Brien 40507 at http://kuow.org Gone Girl's Gillian Flynn On Becoming A Novelist (And Scaring The Heck Out Of People) The Origins Of American Hipsters http://kuow.org/post/origins-american-hipsters <p>Marcie Sillman talks with author Justin Martin about his book, "Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians." Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:26:24 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Hannah Burn 40391 at http://kuow.org The Origins Of American Hipsters A Book Pick To Get You As Obsessed With Ants As Sherman Alexie http://kuow.org/post/book-pick-get-you-obsessed-ants-sherman-alexie <p>Arwen Nicks gets book recommendations from authors Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter.</p><p>Alexie has recently become an unofficial ant expert after reading Mark W. Moffett's "Adventures Among Ants," saying that they are the only other species to go to war.</p><p>Walter's pick is a novel by Jenny Offil called "Dept. of Speculation." Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:38:56 +0000 Arwen Nicks 40341 at http://kuow.org A Book Pick To Get You As Obsessed With Ants As Sherman Alexie James Brown's Daughter Recalls A Painful Childhood in 'Cold Sweat' http://kuow.org/post/james-browns-daughter-recalls-painful-childhood-cold-sweat Celebrity child autobiographies fall into two categories. There's the scorched earth approach: One sordid story after another — call it the "Mommie Dearest" syndrome.<p>The second category is the warts-and-all approach, in which the performer's progeny relates parental faults in oft-painful detail, but with the ultimate goal of deeper understanding. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:51:01 +0000 Richard Torres 40259 at http://kuow.org James Brown's Daughter Recalls A Painful Childhood in 'Cold Sweat' How Libraries Fit Into E-Book Culture http://kuow.org/post/how-libraries-fit-e-book-culture <p>Marcie Sillman talks to Geoffrey Fowler, personal technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal, about the advantages and challenges libraries have&nbsp; in the e-book market. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:27:47 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Amina Al-Sadi 40105 at http://kuow.org How Libraries Fit Into E-Book Culture Amazon Vs. Hachette: Two Local Authors Weigh In http://kuow.org/post/amazon-vs-hachette-two-local-authors-weigh <p>Ross Reynolds speaks with Seattle area novelists Maria Semple ("Where'd You Go Bernadette") and Robert Dugoni ("The Jury Master"), who are on either side of a literary feud between Amazon and Hachette, a major publishing house.&nbsp;</p><p>Hachette authors say Amazon is retaliating by making it harder for people to buy their books. Amazon supporters say they want to keep prices low for consumers. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21:53:31 +0000 Ross Reynolds 40015 at http://kuow.org Amazon Vs. Hachette: Two Local Authors Weigh In Nancy Pearl On Historical Mysteries http://kuow.org/post/nancy-pearl-historical-mysteries <p>Ross Reynolds interviews Nancy Pearl about her latest book recommendation, "Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire," by Ruth Downie. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 23:22:53 +0000 Ross Reynolds 39985 at http://kuow.org Nancy Pearl On Historical Mysteries Novelist Amy Bloom On Finding The Way Through Chaos http://kuow.org/post/novelist-amy-bloom-finding-way-through-chaos <p>Ross Reynolds interviews novelist Amy Bloom about her new book "Lucky Us." It's about two half-sisters, one a starlet, the other a sidekick, finding their way in the chaos of the years around World War II.</p><p>Bloom says the inspiration for the book was the character of Gus, an German-American man who is unjustly accused of working for the Nazis. Gus finds himself sent to an internment camp in North Dakota and then deported to Germany, a country he never lived in. Yet he maintains an amazing equilibrium.</p><p>He's proof of Bloom's line, "Some people can survive getting hit by a bus, others can not survive a bee sting." Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:49:56 +0000 Ross Reynolds 39913 at http://kuow.org Novelist Amy Bloom On Finding The Way Through Chaos The History Behind One Of The Most Contentious Amendments http://kuow.org/post/history-behind-one-most-contentious-amendments <p>Most Americans don’t question an individual’s right to own a gun, with certain exceptions. But in an age when senseless public shootings make frequent headlines, many question the limits of gun ownership.&nbsp;</p><p>And though a large <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2014/05/gun-control-elections-2014-polling-106800.html">majority</a> of Americans say they support expanded background checks for gun ownership, Congress can’t come to any agreement on possible legislation. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:30:44 +0000 John O'Brien 39754 at http://kuow.org The History Behind One Of The Most Contentious Amendments Nancy Pearl Dishes On Delightful Tween Detective http://kuow.org/post/nancy-pearl-dishes-delightful-tween-detective <p>Ross Reynolds talks with book-lusting former librarian, Nancy Pearl, about Alan Bradley's mystery, "The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches," and its adorable, but brilliant, tween heroine, Flavia de Luce.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 22:03:06 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Shane Mehling 39551 at http://kuow.org Nancy Pearl Dishes On Delightful Tween Detective Book News: George R.R. Martin Will Republish Children's Book From 1980 http://kuow.org/post/book-news-george-rr-martin-will-republish-childrens-book-1980 <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>A 1980 children's story by George R.R. Martin, <em>Game of Thrones </em>author and wanton murderer of his own characters, will be re-released this October. Set in the world of his <em>Song of Ice and Fire </em>series, <em>The Ice Dragon </em>is a story about "a creature of legend and fear," <a href="http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/08/grrm-ice-dragon-final-cover">according to Tor,</a> the book's publisher. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 14:44:40 +0000 editor 39529 at http://kuow.org Book News: George R.R. Martin Will Republish Children's Book From 1980 The Amazing Human Stories That Made Modern Neuroscience Possible http://kuow.org/post/amazing-human-stories-made-modern-neuroscience-possible <p>Human beings have wondered how our brains work for millennia. And we haven’t been afraid to knock about in there to find out. There is evidence that trepanation, the surgical practice of drilling a hole into the skull in order to cure headaches or mental disorders, was performed in Neolithic times, just at the tail end of the Stone Age. Ouch!</p><p>According to author Sam Kean, the stories of people who survived terrible brain disease and injury are at the heart of how modern neuroscience advanced. Kean spoke at Town Hall Seattle on May 20. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:53:13 +0000 John O'Brien 39360 at http://kuow.org The Amazing Human Stories That Made Modern Neuroscience Possible Can You Remember When The Second Amendment Was A Non-Issue? http://kuow.org/post/can-you-remember-when-second-amendment-was-non-issue <p></p><p>Ross Reynolds talks to Michael Waldman about his new book "The Second A<span style="line-height: 1.5;">mendment: A Biography." Gun control has been a hot topic for years and the debate will play out in Washington</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> this November in the form of two rival initiatives on guns.&nbsp; </span></p><p>Waldman<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law, says for decades of American history the Second Amendment was a non-issue.&nbsp; </span> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:35:15 +0000 Ross Reynolds 37841 at http://kuow.org Can You Remember When The Second Amendment Was A Non-Issue? Is Your Entire Life Just a TV Show? http://kuow.org/post/your-entire-life-just-tv-show <p>Ross Reynolds talks with psychologist Joel Gold, who co-authored the book "Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness." The book deals in part with the "Truman Show" delusion: a belief that everyone around you is an actor, and you're the star of a TV show.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:31:56 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Andy Hurst 38960 at http://kuow.org Is Your Entire Life Just a TV Show? Nancy Pearl On Non-Fiction That Reads Like Fiction http://kuow.org/post/nancy-pearl-non-fiction-reads-fiction <p>Ross Reynolds talks with book lusting former librarian Nancy Pearl about why she says "Factory Man," Beth Macy's non-fiction book about a family furniture company, reads like a page-turning fiction tale. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:24:33 +0000 Arwen Nicks & Ross Reynolds 38736 at http://kuow.org Nancy Pearl On Non-Fiction That Reads Like Fiction