In her third outing as crime novelist Robert Galbraith, J.K. Rowling hits her stride with a fluid, complex mystery. Reviewer Annalisa Quinn says she excels at depicting evil, ordinary or otherwise.
Michel Houellebecq's dark satire Submission caused a furore in his native France with its depiction of an Islamist takeover. But critic Heller McAlpin calls it "too distasteful to be amusing."
Oprah Winfrey acquired a stake in Weight Watchers and the company's stock soared. She hopes to do the same for her cable TV network with a new seven-part series on faith and religion around the world.
The Nobel Prize laureate has written about his city before, but from the perspective of his affluent childhood. His new book captures Istanbul's growth and change through the eyes of a street peddler.
In the classic movie Back to the Future Part II, Michael J. Fox's Marty McFly travels forward 30 years to Oct. 21, 2015. Is life like the movie predicted? Maybe. But was it ever supposed to be?
NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Geoff Edgers, national arts reporter for the Washington Post, who attended the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor ceremony Sunday night at the Kennedy Center.
It's safe to say that e-books disrupted the publishing industry. But sales have leveled off and not entirely for the reasons some have reported.
Beasts of No Nation is Netflix's first original film, and the company has chosen to distribute it in theaters and on its streaming service simultaneously. The strategy is one generally frowned upon by theater owners because it's a direct competition. Why go out when you can stay home? Is this Netflix's play for an Oscar?
The Kennedy Center presented the comedian with the Mark Twain Prize on Sunday. While honored, Murphy did jokingly point out one thing: "Usually when there's a prize, there's money."
The TV show, set in a New York City hospital in the early 1900s, depicts turn-of-the-century medicine in grisly detail. Stars Clive Owen and Andre Holland say there's no nostalgia involved.
After more than 20 years of frights, Stine's Goosebumps series is finally getting a big-screen adaptation, starring Jack Black. For Stine and Black, the key to the nightmare is in keeping things fun.
This weekend, the Kennedy Center will award the 18th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to actor and comedian Eddie Murphy. NPR's Michel Martin takes a look back at Murphy's long career.
NPR's Michel Martin speaks with R.L. Stine, author of the children's horror book series Goosebumps, about his long — and surprising — writing career, and the new film based on his books.
There is a race to create brain-robot interfaces that will make humans stronger. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to Malcolm Gay, the author of the new book "The Brain Electric."
The Assassin is a change in form for one of the world's most respected directors. Hou Hsiao-hsien is like the Woody Allen of Taiwan, but his latest is a martial arts movie.
Actress Brie Larson speaks to NPR's Rachel Martin about the new film Room. She plays a woman held captive for seven years, who finally escapes with her son — who's never seen the outside world
NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Black about playing R.L. Stine, the beloved children's horror author, in the new Goosebumps movie.
History has largely forgotten the lives and thoughts of the black chefs who helped define American cooking. But there's a tantalizing glimpse in food writer Toni Tipton-Martin's cookbook collection.
The author of classic thrillers like The Day of the Jackal has just written a memoir, The Outsider, that proves his life as a foreign correspondent-turned-writer is almost as exciting as his fiction.
Before City on Fire's release, Garth Risk Hallberg's debut novel was best known for the big advance it earned. But that paycheck is dwarfed by the book itself: a vast love letter to mid-'70s New York.