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Good, Evil And Long Black Tentacles Make A 'Monstress'

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 6:00am

Gaudy beauty and extravagant horror twine around each other in Marjorie Liu's new graphic novel Monstress. It's the story of a girl caught up in a war of magic in which neither side comes off well.

MTV Looks To Capitalize On Nostalgia With New 'Classic' Channel

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 3:27pm

MTV turns 35 years old Monday, and they're marking the occasion with a channel called MTV Classic. The new channel will air MTV programming from the 1990s and 2000s.

Beyond 'Bright Lights': Jay McInerney Reveals The Trials Of A 'Perfect Couple'

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 12:24pm

McInerney became famous in the 1980s for his semi-autobiographical novel about a hard-partying young man in Manhattan. His new book, Bright, Precious Days, probes the challenges of a lasting marriage.

History, Horchata And Hope: How Classic Kiosks Are Boosting Lisbon's Public Life

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 4:04am

Ornate refreshment kiosks were once the heart of Lisbon's parks and plazas. They faded away under a dictatorship that discouraged public gatherings. Now they're back to help revitalize the city.

Midnight Release Party Summons Muggles For Eighth Harry Potter Installment

Sun, 07/31/2016 - 7:36am

The latest book in J.K. Rowling's series, really a script for a play, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," went on sale at midnight. We check in with fans who lined up, wands in hand, to get a copy.

Megan Abbott's Latest Novel: 'You Will Know Me'

Sun, 07/31/2016 - 7:36am

Do we really know those we're closest to? The riveting book "You Will Know Me," set in the world of competitive gymnastics, suggests not. NPR's Elise Hu speaks with author Megan Abbott.

'Dark Matter' Is A Jet-Propelled Science Thriller

Sun, 07/31/2016 - 6:00am

Blake Crouch's new book — about a mild-mannered professor who's conked on the head and wakes up in another universe — doesn't make much sense, but it's a fast, tasty read with a killer twist.

Not My Job: Sharon Jones Gets Quizzed On Handshakes

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 10:20am

We've invited the lead singer of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings to play a game called "Let's shake on it."

Kristen Bell On 'Bad Moms': 'It Was The Funniest Script I Had Ever Read'

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 7:44am

Bell's new film is about three suburban moms who find themselves ground down by the endless chores of motherhood. She says its creators (two men) wrote it as a love letter to their overworked wives.

Dentist Protagonists In Literature

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 7:44am

Last week on the show author Dave Eggers and Scott Simon agreed that they couldn't think of any protagonists in fiction who are dentists. This week we have a correction, and literary dentist readings.

Russian Hacking, Spies, Wikileaks: "Breaking Cover" Has A Lot In Common With The Week In Politics

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 7:44am

Former M15 boss Dame Stella Rimington talks with Scott Simon about her new book, and her previous career in espionage.

'I'm Supposed To Protect You From All This' Is Memoir Fraught With Mystery

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 7:44am

Nadja Spiegelman — daughter of graphic novelist Art Spiegelman and New Yorker art editor Françoise Mouly — has written a memoir about her mother, her grandmother, and their flawed family memories.

'Meat Cake Bible' Is Packed With Frills, Chills And ... Pez?

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 6:00am

Graphic artist, fortuneteller, musician and mischief maker Dame Darcy published the comic Meat Cake from 1993 to 2008. This new compilation is packed full of all the things that obsessed her.

What College Freshmen Are Reading

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 5:31am

Book programs for freshmen — or a whole campus or community — are meant to spark discussion and unity. This year's picks at nine U.S. schools range from memoirs to political advice from 64 B.C.

Comparing Both Conventions As TV: Did Either One Get An Edge?

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 2:59pm

Now that the national conventions have concluded, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans looks back on both, judging them purely as television programs. Policy aside, did either convention make for compelling TV?

For A Female Banker At The Top Of Her Game, What Does It Take To Stay There?

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 2:59pm

In the film Equity, investment banker Naomi Bishop navigates the male-dominated world of Wall Street. Screenwriter Amy Fox discusses the film and her research, which included many interviews with women who worked on Wall Street.

Indie Bookseller Recommends 3 Vacation Reads

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 2:59pm

Nina Barrett, owner of Bookends and Beginnings in Evanston, Ill., recommends The Royal We by Heather Cox and Jessica Morgan, Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld and The Violet Hour by Katie Roiphe.

Rachel Chavkin Loves Chaos, And With 3 Shows In The Works, It Shows

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 2:59pm

The avant garde director has two shows running off-Broadway and a musical opening in October. Though she's working on several different projects, she says there's always "a conversation" between them.

New 'Merchant Of Venice' Recasts Shylock As A Sympathetic Everyman

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 2:59pm

Actor Jonathan Pryce is playing the Jewish moneylender in a new touring production of The Merchant of Venice that reimagines Shakespeare's supposedly-comic villain as a tragic and universal figure.

Remembering Hollywood 'Ghost Singer' Marni Nixon

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 12:51pm

Nixon, who died on Sunday, was a classically trained actress who mostly worked behind the scenes. She dubbed vocals for many films, including My Fair Lady. Originally broadcast in 2001.




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