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Language Is Home In 'When In French'

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 9:00am

When New Yorker writer and native North Carolinian Lauren Collins married a French man, she set herself to the task of learning French. Her new memoir is a meditation on language and identity.

Colson Whitehead, John Lewis, Rita Dove Among National Book Award Nominees

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 8:33am

And then there were 40: This week, the National Book Foundation revealed the writers who are still in contention for its literary prize. It capped the rollout Thursday with the fiction nominees.

'Jerusalem' Is Alan Moore's Really Big Book — In Every Way

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 6:00am

The legendary comics creator spent ten years on his latest work, a 1200-page-plus epic about everything, nothing and Northampton, his home town and sacred ground — which serves as the main character.

Tim Gunn: The Fashion Industry Is Not Making It Work For Plus-Size Women

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 5:43pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Tim Gunn, a fixture in the fashion world, about his article in The Washington Post in which he blasted the industry for ignoring plus-size women.

First Woman And African-American Sworn In As Librarian Of Congress

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 3:28pm

On Wednesday in Washington D.C., Carla Hayden became the first woman and the first African-American to be sworn in as the Librarian of Congress. She's facing a huge change in how we interact with information.

A First Year College Student Finds Himself Outclassed In 'Loner'

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 1:43pm

Teddy Wayne's new novel begins as a sharply observed novel of manners, but quickly mutates into a classic tale of obsession. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Loner a powerful suspense story.

Why Abby Wambach Doesn't Want Be Known 'Just As A Soccer Player'

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 1:43pm

Wambach scored 184 goals, more than any other man or woman in the history of international soccer. Still, she knew that someday that identity would end — and "what then?" Her new memoir is Forward.

Ready, Set, Flake: Is 'Bake Off' About To Crumble?

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 11:34am

The future of the smash-hit baking competition is in question after a move from the BBC to independent broadcaster Channel 4 prompted beloved hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins to step down.

TIFF Diary, Day 6: 'Strange Weather,' 'Manchester By The Sea' And 'Abacus'

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 9:13am

On her penultimate day at the Toronto International Film Festival, Linda Holmes reviews three films about family and various forms of loss.

100 Years In The Making, Black History And Culture Museum Ready For Reveal

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 8:15am

The complicated history of how the National Museum of African American History and Culture finally moved from conversation to construction may be as compelling as the artifacts in its exhibits.

A Bookish Mind At Play In 'Nutshell'

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 6:00am

Ian McEwan's fetal Hamlet is an extravagant spirit confined to the womb while his mother and uncle plot. But he's no sweet prince; the book stumbles over the unborn Dane's grumpy cultural commentary.

'The Gefilte Manifesto:' A Loved, And Loathed, Jewish Staple Gets Updated

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 4:28pm

Gefilte fish was a staple of old world Jewish cuisine. But many Americans can barely look at the stuff. Now two chefs in Brooklyn want to reboot gefilte fish and other classic Jewish foods.

'Great British Bake Off' Hosts Quit As Reality Competition Show Leaves BBC

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 3:30pm

Controversy is rising over distribution and host changes at the U.K. television show, The Great British Bake Off, which is known in the U.S. as The Great British Baking Show. The competition show is moving from the BBC to Channel 4, and hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc have said they will be leaving the show.

Protesters Rush Stage After Ryan Lochte's 'Dancing With The Stars' Routine

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 3:30pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Slate senior editor Laura Bennett about Dancing with the Stars, which is now in its 23rd season. On Monday night's show, two protesters rushed the stage following a dance performance by athlete Ryan Lochte.

Having Thick Skin Is A 'Survival Technique,' Says Comic Jeff Ross

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 2:45pm

Ross says he learned to "dish it out and take it" as a kid in Newark, N.J. He says that ideally a celebrity roast is "like a party where everybody goes and has a good time."

'Son Of Zorn,' 'The Last Man On Earth' And Ditching Sitcom Normalcy

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 11:54am

Both the new Fox comedy Son of Zorn and the returning The Last Man on Earth buck conventional sitcom tropes to build worlds where the humor is broader and the concepts higher.

TIFF Diary, Day 5: 'The Promise,' 'La La Land' And 'Jackie'

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 9:25am

On Day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival, Linda Holmes reviews a romance set amid the Armenian genocide, a musical about Hollywood, and a Jackie Kennedy biopic.

Don't Call It 'The New Ramen': Why Pho Is Central To Vietnamese Identity

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 6:00am

Pho has a rich role in Vietnamese, Vietnamese-American, and now, American culture. Which is why a video featuring a white chef explaining how to eat pho as the next trendy food angered so many.

'Children Of The New World' Aims A Cautious Eye At Our Technological Future

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 6:00am

Alexander Weinstein's debut story collection is a harrowing vision of the near future as a place of both technological wonder and dysfunction — and a nuanced look at where humanity might be headed.

Most Of This Year's Emmys Have Already Been Handed Out: Some Highlights

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 4:25pm

Last Saturday and Sunday, the 2016 Creative Arts Emmys — 91 of them — were handed out in Los Angeles. We review some notable winners.

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