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Good Reads
3:24 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Nancy Pearl On Non-Fiction That Reads Like Fiction

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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.

Music
3:31 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

What About Bob? Explaining The Obsession Of Dylan Fans

Ross Reynolds talks with author David Kinney about this new book "The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob."

Smart Women
6:56 am
Mon July 21, 2014

To Meet A 'Mockingbird': Memoir Recalls Talks With Harper Lee

Harper Lee, pictured in 2007 before receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 5:34 am

In 1960, Harper Lee published To Kill a Mockingbird, won the Pulitzer Prize, and overnight became one of America's most beloved writers. But Lee was overwhelmed by the media blitz that followed. She retreated from the public eye, became wary of journalists, and never published another book.

Then, in 2001, a reporter for The Chicago Tribune showed up in Lee's hometown of Monroeville, Ala., to work on a story about the town, which is the model for the fictional setting of Lee's novel.

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Amazon Unlimited
2:23 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Bookstore Owner's 'Grudging Respect' For Online Subscription Service

Jeannie Yandel talks with business writer and Page 2 Books co-owner Bill Virgin about Amazon's new unlimited book subscription service, Kindle Unlimited.

Storytelling
10:46 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Rebecca Solnit On The Power Of A Story

Author Rebecca Solnit.
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Human beings have been drawn to stories for thousands of years. They captivate us. We yearn for them — “tell the one about … ” — ad infinitum. Sometimes we get the story right. Sometimes not. Stories break. Stories change. And sometimes it helps to turn a story upside down.

Our guest is writer and historian Rebecca Solnit. Her books explore ecology, landscape, community, art and politics.

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Gender Identity
11:48 am
Thu July 17, 2014

'Trans Bodies, Trans Selves': A Modern Manual By And For Trans People

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 12:18 pm

The growing number of people who identify as transgender is raising a lot of interesting and complicated questions about gender identity.

The new book Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is a collection of essays describing the varied experiences of transgender people — and the social, political and medical issues they face. It's written by and for transgender and gender-nonconforming people.

The idea was inspired by the groundbreaking 1970s feminist health manual Our Bodies, Ourselves.

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Book Reviews
10:19 am
Thu July 17, 2014

A Supernatural Family Reunion In 'The Book Of Life'

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 5:25 am

One upon a time, historian Deborah Harkness was doing research at Oxford's Bodleian Library when she accidentally discovered a lost book that had belonged to 16th-century astronomer John Dee. A few years later, her first novel, A Discovery of Witches, told the story of Diana Bishop, a historian who accidentally discovers a lost manuscript called Ashmole 782 in the Bodleian Library, and realizes it's a magical text of crucial importance to the daemons and vampires that crowd the streets of Oxford — not to mention the witches (a group to which Diana reluctantly belongs).

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Good Reads
3:29 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Nancy Pearl Gives Northwest Writer The Thumbs Up On Second Book

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Marcie Sillman sits down with librarian of the airwaves, Nancy Pearl, to discuss a Northwest writer she says merits a second read. Pearl recommends Chelsea Cain's new mystery novel "One Kick," as well as the author's first book, "Confessions of a Teen Sleuth," a re-imagination of the old Nancy Drew young adult books.

Author Interview
3:28 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

It's Time We All Embrace Contrarian History

Ross Reynolds talks with Ilan Stavans about his new book, “A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States."

Book Your Trip
9:17 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Travel Disasters Bring Out The Best, The Worst ... And The Cannibalism

"When there is danger, when there is destruction, we kind of feel like we're on the edge of life, fully alive, and that can really bring out some strong prose," says author Mitchell Zuckoff.
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Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 11:41 am

Author Sarah Lotz is terrified of flying, so naturally every time she gets on a plane she imagines the worst. "I imagine how it's going to smell if things start burning," she says. "I imagine the thunk of luggage falling out of the compartments at the top. ... I imagine it all in absolutely horrible detail."

All those horrible imaginings came in handy when Lotz was writing her new book The Three — the story of three children who are the only survivors of four separate plane crashes that occur in different parts of the world on the same day.

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Author Interview
2:52 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Susan Jacoby Says You Should Know Who Robert Ingersoll Is

David Hyde talks with author Susan Jacoby about her new book, "The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought," the story of a historic figure for the separation of church and state.

Leadership
10:24 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Author Simon Sinek On Why Leaders Eat Last

Simon Sinek speaks at a TED Conference in Vancouver, Canada, last March.
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"Well, that makes total sense!"

That’s what you might say after listening a while to our guest Simon Sinek this week on Speakers Forum.

It’s the little things he points out, like why checking your cell phone constantly during your kid’s baseball game (or your meeting with a colleague) is a bad idea. The little things add up, sometimes resulting in the makings of a leader.

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Europe
4:29 am
Fri July 11, 2014

'How To Survive The Bulls' Co-Author Gets Gored

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 5:01 am

On Wednesday, Bill Hillmann, one of the authors of Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona, was reportedly gored in the leg. His injuries were not life threatening.

Quick Shots
7:42 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Book News: Co-Author Of Book On How Not To Be Gored By A Bull Gets Gored

Revelers try to keep ahead of the horns during a running of the bulls Thursday at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain.
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Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 5:55 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Fish Industry
2:09 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

'American Catch': How Fish Go From Sea To Table

David Hyde talks to author Paul Greenberg about his book about fish production called "American Catch."

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