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Kirkus Prize Finalists Include Annie Proulx, Sherman Alexie, Jason Reynolds

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 8:01am

But they're not the only ones. Eighteen books got the nod when Kirkus Reviews released shortlists for its literary prize on Tuesday.

A Colorado Farm Helps Refugee Kids Put Down Roots In A New Home

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 6:00am

In exchange for working on a farm, the kids get fresh, healthy produce to take home. They also get a way to break through the isolation refugees often face in a new country.

A Breakthrough Showcase For Black Filmmaking At The Toronto Film Festival

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 7:07pm

The Toronto International Film Festival's lineup of new movies pushed back against the narrow definition of a "black film" and offered a feast of cinematic stories about black life.

'The Face Of Britain' Tells A Nation's History Through Portraits

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 4:10pm

Art historian Simon Schama shares the stories behind the artworks — from the portrait that made an 18th-century actor into a star, to the one Winston Churchill's secretary threw into a bonfire.

Encore: Courtney B. Vance Brings Intensity Of Johnnie Cochran Back To Life

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 3:34pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with actor Courtney B. Vance about his role as defense attorney Johnnie Cochran in the FX series, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.

Charmian Carr, Who Played Liesl In 'The Sound Of Music,' Dies At 73

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 3:34pm

Charmian Carr, who played Liesl von Trapp in The Sound of Music, has died at the age of 73. She sang the song "16 Going on 17" and was a longtime booster for the classic film.

Fall TV Channel Flip: 4 Shows To Watch, And Some To Avoid

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 6:00am

Does the fall TV season even matter anymore, in this age of #PeakTV? September is still the beginning of the season for broadcast networks — which still draw the most viewers and the big bucks.

Blogger Luvvie Ajayi Is Judging You With Her New Book

Sun, 09/18/2016 - 4:21pm

Blogger Luvvie Ajayi discusses her new book I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual, which has her takes on pop culture and more.

Life After Iconic Photo: Today's Parallels Of American Flag's Role In Racial Protest

Sun, 09/18/2016 - 9:21am

A Pulitzer Prize-winning photo taken during the busing desegregation protests captured a nation. The photographer and subject of "The Soiling of Old Glory," talk about it's significance 40 years on.

Win Your Emmy Pool With Our Uncannily, Nay, Disquietingly Accurate Predictions

Sun, 09/18/2016 - 7:00am

Arm yourself with NPR's ruthlessly rigorous Emmy predictions, which are based on acute cultural analysis and industry savvy, and thus are totally not wild guesses, at all, seriously.

In 'Jerusalem,' Nothing You've Ever Lost Is Truly Gone

Sun, 09/18/2016 - 6:49am

The house Alan Moore was born in was torn down in 1969 — along with most of the rest of his neighborhood. But in his new novel, Jerusalem, the legendary comics creator brings it all back to life.

Off The Campaign Trail, Onto The Gridiron: 5 Sports Books For Fall

Sun, 09/18/2016 - 6:00am

If you're tired of political competition, there's always athletic competition. And if your team stinks, we can offer sympathy and a selection of the year's best books about sports to ease the sting.

Mae Reeves' Hats Hang At National Museum Of African American History And Culture

Sun, 09/18/2016 - 5:20am

Mae Reeves was one of the first African-American business owners in Philadelphia, where she designed hats for Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne and Marian Anderson.

Donald Glover Explores A Surreal Feel In 'Atlanta'

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 4:12pm

Donald Glover is the creator and star of the new FX show Atlanta. He says he wanted to "give people a feeling that they can't really siphon or make into something else."

'Shoeless Joe' Author William Patrick Kinsella Dies At 81

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 9:58am

The award-winning book was adapted into the beloved film Field of Dreams. The Canadian author is best known for his works about magic — and baseball.

Not My Job: Nickel Creek Frontman Chris Thile Gets Quizzed On Nickelback

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 9:20am

The new host of A Prairie Home Companion has fronted the popular bands Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek — so naturally, we asked him about the much derided Canadian band Nickelback.

Emma Donoghue's New Novel Follows "The Wonder" Of Starvation

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 7:45am

The main character in Emma Donoghue's new novel "The Wonder" is a little Irish girl who refuses to eat. She says she's been kept alive by "manna from heaven." NPR's Scott Simon speaks to the author.

Missouri Theater Embraces Ferguson Echoes In 'Antigone' Production

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 7:45am

Some TV stars will perform Sophocles' Antigone on stage in Ferguson, Mo., tonight. The ancient Greek drama is expected to resonate with its theme of an individual's struggle against the state.

Laia Jufresa Weaves Together Richness Through Common Grief In Debut Novel 'Umami'

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 7:45am

Laia Jufresa's new novel Umami traces a group of neighbors, each getting over a private grief. Scott Simon asks Jufresa about the book and the woman who translated it from Spanish to English.

In India, A Rich Food Culture Vanishes From The Train Tracks

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 6:00am

Once upon a time, most of the millions of people who travel on India's vast train network brought their own food or bought it from vendors at stations. Sharing meals could turn strangers into friends.

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