Heads tend to roll, figuratively and otherwise, in Mantel's writing. Critic Maureen Corrigan says this new short story collection — about grotesque characters in the modern world — is breathtaking.
HBO has announced that beginning in 2015, it will offer what many have long wanted: access to HBO without having cable.
The prominent literary prize narrowed its nominees to 20 writers — a mix of heavyweights and many new ones. And across the Atlantic, Richard Flanagan won Britain's biggest award, the Man Booker Prize.
The shortlists — for fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people's literature — were announced Wednesday on Morning Edition.
Gratuitous, gore-soaked and reveling in poor taste, Chase Novak's Brood is a true B-movie sequel — and just as fun. But despite its body count, the book still could have used a little more blood.
The head of the judge's committee says The Narrow Road to the Deep North, the story of POWs in World War II forced to build the Thailand Burma Railway, is a "magnificent novel of love and war."
For a week-long series on letter writing, Audie Cornish speaks to Shaun Usher, author of Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience.
NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with actor J.K. Simmons about his much buzzed about performance as a brutal music teacher in the new film Whiplash.
James Risen could face prison for refusing to reveal his source for a story about a botched CIA operation intended to sabotage Iran's nuclear weapons program. His new book is Pay Any Price.
The long-awaited new novel in Garth Nix's Old Kingdom series goes back in time to follow a powerful young woman on a difficult path. Fans will get a chill when Clariel's final destiny is revealed.
NBC's new romantic comedy Marry Me may wind up joining a frustrating group of shows that struggle to survive on broadcast, where appealing to everyone is key.
Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb, Kill The Messenger spins a yarn of Washington intrigue, spy drama, and investigative journalism.
Thanks to the magic of radio, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! listeners aren't usually privy to what goes on behind the scenes at the NPR News Quiz. Watch at your own risk. It's not pretty.
News reports say books by several writers have been banned by Chinese authorities, in apparent censorship orders now circulating online.
"Men are allowed to talk about sports relentlessly, and yet we still take them seriously," says Cosmo's Joanna Coles, so women should be able to talk about fashion and politics.
From a cup who dreams of a window seat to a problem-solving owl, Oliver Jeffers' new picture book, Once Upon an Alphabet, gives each letter its own story.
Study after study reveals that women remain underrepresented in film, both on screen and off. But film festivals can play a role in closing the gap.
The actor says he's been able to do a lot of different things in his life, including his role as Doogie Howser. So when he sat down to write a memoir, he made it a "Choose Your Own Adventure."
Many sandwiches lack structural integrity due to "the sliced cucumber conundrum," says Dan Pashman, author of Eat More Better. He has fixes for it and other kitchen woes — like sad-looking leftovers.
Actor Cary Elwes, best known for his dashing performance as the heroic farm boy Westley in The Princess Bride, has a new book out, full of memories from the cast of the cult classic.