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'The Encounter' Brings The Sound Of The Amazon To Broadway

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 3:37pm

In 1969, an explorer and photographer named Loren McIntyre was dropped into the Amazon rainforest to try and make contact with a tribe called the Mayoruna. Now his story is headed to Broadway. The show uses binaural audio to play sounds of the rainforest in 3-D.

Bruce Springsteen: On Jersey, Masculinity And Wishing To Be His Stage Persona

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 12:06pm

"People see you on stage and, yeah, I'd want to be that guy," Springsteen says. "I want to be that guy myself very often."

'The Wangs' Is Sparkling Family Travelogue — With Teeth

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 6:00am

Jade Chang's debut novel follows former cosmetics magnate Charles Wang, whose business empire has collapsed, as he herds his fractious family on a cross-country roadtrip to their new home.

Gloria Naylor, 'The Women Of Brewster Place' Author, Dies At 66

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 3:30pm

Gloria Naylor's debut novel, The Women of Brewster Place, won a National Book Award and became a TV mini-series starring Oprah Winfrey. Naylor has died at age 66.

Italian Journalist Sets Out To Unmask True Identity Of Author Elena Ferrante

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 3:30pm

Over the weekend, an Italian financial journalist outed the identity of author Elena Ferrante, whose pseudonym lent intrigue to her bestselling novels. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Dayna Tortorici of n+1 magazine about the outing.

'The Angel Of History' Says 'I Will Not Forget'

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 3:30pm

Rabih Alameddine has much in common with the hero of his new novel: Both are gay, Arab writers in San Francisco. And both lost friends to the AIDS epidemic, and are angry that it's being forgotten.

From Fire Hydrants To Rescue Work, Dogs Perceive The World Through Smell

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 1:36pm

Dogs can sniff out people, drugs, bombs, cancer, time of day, oncoming storms and much more. In her new book Being A Dog, Alexandra Horowitz explores the mysteries and mechanics of canine noses.

Autumn Flush: The Best Darjeeling Tea You'll (Likely Never) Taste

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 10:57am

Darjeeling is the "Champagne of teas," sold by distinct harvest season, or flush. But while many of India's top tea experts point to the autumn flush as their favorite, those teas are largely unknown.

Moving, Memorable 'Today Will Be Different' Balances Humor And Tragedy

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 6:00am

Maria Semple's new novel centers on erratic, overworked mother Eleanor, who makes a promise before the book begins: Today will be different. And it is, but not the way she expected or hoped for.

Luke Cage, Marvel's Reluctant Hero In A Hoodie

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 3:28pm

Luke Cage was the first black superhero to get his own comic book. Now, he's a TV pioneer too, with Marvel's Luke Cage, which updates the blaxploitation-inspird character for modern viewers.

Why It Took 'Forrest Gump' Author Nearly 20 Years To Write A New Novel

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 3:28pm

After Forrest Gump became a best-seller, Winston Groom says he ran out of good ideas for novels — until now. His new book, El Paso, is set during the Mexican Revolution.

For Literary World, Unmasking Elena Ferrante's Not A Scoop. It's A Disgrace

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 3:24pm

An investigative journalist claims to have uncovered the true identity of a famously private novelist. Writers and readers alike have rejected the claims as an egregious, unnecessary intrusion.

A Tight, Intense Drama Unfurls Within The Confines Of A Sick Room In 'The Wonder'

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 12:39pm

Emma Donoghue's latest novel focuses on an 11-year-old girl who refuses to eat, and the nurse who is responsible for her care. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Wonder is aptly named.

Snap, Crackle, Kale: The Science Of Why Veggies Spark In The Microwave

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 11:15am

Online sources suggest cooking vegetables in the microwave for a quick and easy dinner. But microwaving veggies can get a little bit explosive. Who knew kale chips could offer a lesson in physics?

Overwhelmed Mom Seeks 'A Basic Amount Of Dignity' In 'Today Will Be Different'

Sun, 10/02/2016 - 7:34am

Today, Eleanor Flood will only wear yoga clothes for yoga — which today she will actually attend. Novelist Maria Semple says her frazzled heroine "has decided ... to set the bar very low for herself."

No, 'You Can't Touch My Hair' And Other Lessons From Comic Phoebe Robinson

Sun, 10/02/2016 - 7:34am

In her new book, the stand-up comic and podcast host writes about what it's like to be black and female in America. "Black hair seems to raise a lot of nonblack people's blood pressure," she writes.

Rose Tremain On Her New Novel, 'The Gustav Sonata'

Sun, 10/02/2016 - 7:34am

Gustav Perle is a young boy growing up in Switzerland after World War II. And the defining factor in his life is that his mother does not love him. The Gustav Sonata is Rose Tremain's 13th novel.

'Wall Of Storms' Sweeps Away Your Expectations, Brilliantly

Sun, 10/02/2016 - 6:00am

Ken Liu's even more epic followup to last year's epic fantasy The Grace of Kings picks up several years after the first book, with a completely new and fascinating set of characters and conflicts.

Not My Job: Author Randy Wayne White Gets Quizzed On Theme Restaurants

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 11:58am

In addition to being the author of the Doc Ford books and the Hannah Smith series, White has been an explorer, a deep sea diver, a full-time fishing guide, and he owns restaurants throughout Florida.

A Photographer Gets Old — Over And Over — In 'The Many Sad Fates'

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 7:26am

Photographer Phillip Toledano lost both his parents, an aunt and an uncle and began to wonder — what other dark turns did life have in store? He explores the possibilities in a new short film.




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