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Gender Equality
8:53 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Not Enough Hours In The Day? We All Feel A Little 'Overwhelmed'

Milos Luzanin iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 7:50 am

Sometimes there just isn't enough time to get it all done. Washington Post journalist Brigid Schulte has certainly felt that way. "I was working all the time and yet never very good at what I was doing," she tells NPR's David Greene. " ... I felt all this pressure that I was a working mom and so I was always so guilty, and I didn't want to ruin their childhood. So I was up at 2 in the morning to bake cupcakes for the Valentine's party."

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Book Interview
4:06 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Newsgathering: What's The Best Way Of Being Aware

Alain de Botton's book "The News."

Marcie Sillman talks with Alain de Botton about his latest book on modern philosophy and life, "The News: A User's Manual."

Bargain From The Bazaar
2:26 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Why Haroon Ullah Is Optmistic About Pakistan's Future

Haroon Ullah visits the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Steve Scher talks with U.S. diplomat and Seattle native Haroon Ullah about his book “The Bargain from the Bazaar: A Family’s Day of Reckoning in Lahore."

Author Interviews
9:29 am
Mon March 10, 2014

'Boy, Snow, Bird' Takes A Closer Look Into The Fairy Tale Mirror

Helen Oyeyemi's previous books include Mr. Fox and The Icarus Girl.
Piotr Cieplak Penguin Group

Originally published on Sun March 9, 2014 4:00 pm

Boy, Snow, Bird reimagines the traditional Snow White fairy tale. Helen Oyeyemi's new novel explores beauty, envy and identity in New England in the 1950s — race and skin color shape the characters' experiences.

The wicked stepmother in this story is named Boy; the fair beauty is Snow. The birth of Snow's half-sister, Bird, reveals a long-buried family secret. Throughout the book, characters are haunted by a sense that things are not as they appear in their relationships and in the outside world.

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Author Interview
3:28 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Henry Winkler’s New Book Series Aims To Help Kids With Dyslexia

Actor Henry Winkler.
Credit Flickr Photo/Elvis Kennedy (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with actor and comedian Henry Winkler and author Lin Oliver about writing children books. The two have released the latest book in the “Here’s Hank” series.

This time, the words are printed using a font that makes it easier for children with dyslexia to read.

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Good Reads
3:26 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Nancy Pearl Introduces New Books On The Shelf

Flickr Photo/Horia Varlan (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher and librarian Nancy Pearl explore some of the recently published books at Seattle Public Library's Northeast Branch.

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Book News
8:50 am
Fri March 7, 2014

The Professionally Haunted Life Of Helen Oyeyemi

Svetlana Alyuk iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 4:03 am

Being haunted seems like it might be an occupational hazard for Helen Oyeyemi. Her books are re-worked fairy tales, the gruesome kind, with beheadings and wicked stepmothers and ghosts and death, death, and more death (though, once dead, her characters don't always stay that way).

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Climate Change
4:26 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

How Humans Are Contributing To The Sixth Extinction

Elizabeth Kolbert's book "The Sixth Extinction."

Steve Scher talks with New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert about her book "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History."

Nutty History
3:22 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Peanuts: From Hog Food To Gourmet Spread

Jon Krampner's book "Creamy and Crunchy."

Steve Scher talks with Jon Krampner, author of "Creamy and Crunchy: An Informal History of Peanut Butter, the All-American Food," about how peanuts went from hog food to the organic peanut butter that we spend $8 on today.

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Books News & Features
10:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Re-Released Recordings Reveal Literary Titans In Their Youth

James Baldwin, shown here in 1964, was the first in a series of authors Harry and Lynne Sharon Schwartz recorded.
Jenkins Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 10:19 am

You can listen to plenty of actors performing the works of William Shakespeare. But imagine if you could hear the voice of the young playwright himself — or the older one, for that matter — reading his own writing aloud.

Well, we can't take you back that far. But in the early 1960s, when recorded readings by authors were rare, a young couple in Boston decided to be literary audio pioneers.

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Book Reviews
9:38 am
Thu March 6, 2014

'Black Moon' Imagines A Sleepless American Nightmare

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 4:03 am

"It was a great time for storytellers," says Matthew Biggs, the central character in Kenneth Calhoun's haunting debut novel, Black Moon. The irony of his comment comes with a horrific aftertaste: The world is suffering from a sudden, unexplainable pandemic that's made everyone a perpetual insomniac. Biggs is one of the few who can still sleep. Humanity's state of chronic wakefulness has caused mass insanity — in the noonday sun, dreams overflow and chaos reigns.

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World War II
4:42 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Brian Payton Discusses 'The Wind Is Not A River'

Brian Payton's book "The Wind Is Not A River."

Steve Scher talks with author Brian Payton about his new book "The Wind Is Not A River." The story is about the Japanese occupation of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska during World War II.

Book Interview
12:20 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Vladimir Putin: Madman Or A Mastermind?

Masha Gessen's book "The Man Without a Face."

Steve Scher talks with Masha Gessen, author of The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, about the Russian president's erratic behavior during the Ukrainian conflict.

Author Interviews
9:44 am
Wed March 5, 2014

When War-Torn Rubble Met Royal Imagination, 'Paris Became Paris'

Le Pont Neuf, shown here in an 18th-century painting by Nicolas-Jean-Baptiste Raguenet, was completed in 1606 by Henry IV. The bridge's construction kicked off the reinvention of Paris in the 17th century. Today, it's the oldest standing bridge across the Seine.
Public Domain

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 5:04 am

Today, Paris is a city of light and romance, full of broad avenues, picturesque bridges and countless tourists visiting to soak in its charms.

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Author Interviews
3:09 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Neanderthal Man: How All Humans Are Africans

Svante Pääbo's book "Neanderthal Man."

David Hyde talks with author Svante Pääbo about his book "Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes" and what it means to be part-Neanderthal.

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