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On World Cafe, A Look At The Grateful Dead's Legacy 
  Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:19:37 -0400 
    As the Dead's Fare Thee Well Tour comes to a close, World Cafe talks with David Browne, the author of a new book on the legendary band.


For This Nostalgia Trip, 'We Don't Need Roads' 
  Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:32:16 -0400 
    This oral history of the Back to the Future movies offers a wealth of fascinating historical trivia — but critic Genevieve Valentine says it's carefully broad scope can mean a lack of sharp analysis.


Misty Copeland Seeks To Inspire Other African-American Dancers 
  Wed, 01 Jul 2015 05:07:00 -0400 
    Misty Copeland is the American Ballet Theater's first female African-American principal dancer. She discusses her book, Firebird. (This piece initially aired on Sept. 9, 2014 on Morning Edition).


How A Stolen Backpack In Casablanca Inspired A Novel About Shifting Identity 
  Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:33:00 -0400 
    The main character in Vendela Vida's new novel is alone in Morocco when her bag with her passport and credit cards is stolen. Vida says The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty was inspired by her own travels.


After 25 Years, A Comics Publisher Pauses To Collect And Reflect 
  Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:24:00 -0400 
    A massive new anthology collects the impressive and varied work of the Montreal-based publisher Drawn And Quarterly, whose comics and graphic novels represent a deeply human kind of storytelling.


A Lyrical Coming Of Age Tale In 'Bird Hill' 
  Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:03:17 -0400 
    Naomi Jackson's first novel follows a pair of Brooklyn sisters sent to live in their mother's small Barbados hometown. Critic Michael Schaub says "it's not a perfect book, but it's a lovely one."


'Philosopher Kings' Leaves Plato's Republic Far Behind 
  Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:03:00 -0400 
    The second volume of Jo Walton's trilogy about the creation of a real-world Republic picks up 30 years after events of the first book. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says it's an expectation-shattering read.


Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch Edition: Audiobooks 
  Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:37:09 -0400 
    We have a conversation with one of our favorite regular-book enthusiasts about the special matter of the audiobook.


Mat Johnson On 'Loving Day' And Life As A 'Black Boy' Who Looks White 
  Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:31:09 -0400 
    As a biracial child growing up in Philadelphia, writer Mat Johnson identified as black – but looked white. His new novel is about a man who returns to his hometown after inheriting a run-down mansion.


A Bar, Blackjack And Best-Sellers: One Author's Big Break 
  Sun, 28 Jun 2015 17:18:00 -0400 
    Ben Mezrich had been a struggling author, without a regular job and knee-deep in debt. But that all changed at a dive bar in Boston, when Mezrich saw a local college student whip out a $100 bill.


Like Seinfeld, 'Festival' Is About Nothing... And Everything 
  Sun, 28 Jun 2015 07:03:15 -0400 
    Milan Kundera's new novel is short on plot, but don't mistake that for dullness. Reviewer Jason Sheehan says the book is slim, funny and stunningly profound.


Raised By 5 Different Families, 7 Siblings Are Reunited In 'Bastards' 
  Sun, 28 Jun 2015 05:19:00 -0400 
    In her debut memoir Mary Anna King tells the story of her fractured upbringing and how — in the face of poverty — love and hard work were not sufficient to keep her family together.


Marvel's Half-Black, Half-Latino Spider-Man Is Going Mainstream 
  Sat, 27 Jun 2015 17:07:00 -0400 
    "It won't be [that] Miles is Spider-Man with an asterisk or some kind of adjective or adverb attached to it," says writer Brian Michael Bendis. "He is going to be Spider-Man — just Spider-Man."


How To Win The Money Game: A Former NBA Star Shares Financial Advice 
  Sat, 27 Jun 2015 17:06:00 -0400 
    Adonal Foyle has financial advice for professional athletes. "You really have to put money in its proper place," he says. "If we do that, we will respect it — but not give it too much power over us."


Daniel Silva On 'Double-Edged Sword' Of Writing An Israeli Spy Protagonist 
  Sat, 27 Jun 2015 08:09:48 -0400 
    "Israel is extremely unpopular in the world right now," Silva says, and he doesn't always share his characters' opinions. The English Spy is Silva's 15th novel starring operative Gabriel Allon.
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