Lynn Neary http://kvpr.org en Writer Nadine Gordimer Captured Apartheid's Contradictions http://kvpr.org/post/writer-nadine-gordimer-captured-apartheids-contradictions South African writer Nadine Gordimer, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1991, died Sunday at the age of 90. Gordimer merged the personal and political to create a compelling portrait of the injustice of life under apartheid.<p>She was born in 1923 to a mother whose family came to South Africa from Britain and a Jewish father who had lived under oppression in his native Lithuania. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:01:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 35690 at http://kvpr.org Writer Nadine Gordimer Captured Apartheid's Contradictions Authors Take Opposite Sides On Hachette, Amazon Spat http://kvpr.org/post/authors-take-opposite-sides-hachette-amazon-spat You might think that all writers would be of the same mind about the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/05/23/315279264/why-some-books-youre-looking-to-buy-on-amazon-arent-there">dispute between Amazon and Hachette Publishing Company</a> over the price of ebooks. Think again. This week two different sets of authors sent open letters to their "readers" urging them to take one side or the other in the ongoing controversy.<p>It all began when the publisher and Amazon were unable to reach an agreement on ebook prices. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 22:34:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 35174 at http://kvpr.org Authors Take Opposite Sides On Hachette, Amazon Spat Court OKs Universities' Quest To Turn To More Digital Copies Of Books http://kvpr.org/post/court-oks-universities-quest-turn-more-digital-copies-books A U.S. appeals court has ruled against a group of authors, deciding in favor of a consortium of universities in a case that hinged on copyright law and provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The universities had allowed Google to make digital copies of more than 10 million books so that they could be searchable by specific terms. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 33996 at http://kvpr.org Amazon's Pricing Dispute Sets Book Expo Buzzing http://kvpr.org/post/amazons-pricing-dispute-sets-book-expo-buzzing The dispute between retail giant Amazon and publisher Hachette was big news at Book Expo America. Writers, publishers and agents are wondering what the rift could mean for the future of books. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:26:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 33614 at http://kvpr.org Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86 http://kvpr.org/post/maya-angelou-poet-activist-and-singular-storyteller-dies-86 Poet, performer and political activist Maya Angelou has died after a long illness at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86. Born in St. Louis in 1928, Angelou grew up in a segregated society that she worked to change during the civil rights era. Angelou, who refused to speak for much of her childhood, revealed the scars of her past in <em>I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings</em>, the first of a series of memoirs.<p>Growing up in St. Louis, Mo., and Stamps, Ark., she was Marguerite Johnson. It was her brother who first called her Maya, and the name stuck. Wed, 28 May 2014 13:59:17 +0000 Lynn Neary 33367 at http://kvpr.org Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86 'Grapes Of Wrath' Is 75, But Its Depictions Of Poverty Are Timeless http://kvpr.org/post/grapes-wrath-75-its-depictions-poverty-are-timeless Much has been said and written about the Dust Bowl, but if you want to get a visceral feel for how it all began and the way it affected the people who experienced it, you need go no further than the opening pages of John Steinbeck's <em>The Grapes of Wrath</em>:<p><blockquote><p>Men stood by their fences and looked at the ruined corn, drying fast now, only a little green showing through the film of dust. The men were silent and they did not move often. And the women came out of the houses to stand beside their men — to feel whether this time the men would break. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:15:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 31166 at http://kvpr.org 'Grapes Of Wrath' Is 75, But Its Depictions Of Poverty Are Timeless 'Sous Chef' Reveals The High-Adrenaline Dance Behind Your Dinner http://kvpr.org/post/sous-chef-reveals-high-adrenaline-dance-behind-your-dinner A restaurant kitchen at the peak of the dinner rush can be a crazy place — hot, crowded and filled with a kind of intense energy that some people, like Michael Gibney, thrive on. Gibney's been working in restaurants since he was young. In his new book, <em>Sous Chef,</em> Gibney tries to capture the rhythm of the kitchen by taking his readers through one day in the life of a fast-paced New York restaurant.<p>Writing is a new affair for Gibney, but cooking is his first love. He got his start in the restaurant business as a kid, washing dishes. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 30234 at http://kvpr.org 'Sous Chef' Reveals The High-Adrenaline Dance Behind Your Dinner Pew Study: Many Technophiles Also Love Libraries http://kvpr.org/post/pew-study-many-technophiles-also-love-libraries You might think that in a world of Google and Wikipedia, people who love technology wouldn't care much about the musty old local public library. But, according to <a href="http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/03/13/library-engagement-typology/">a new report by the Pew Research Internet Project</a>, you'd be wrong.<p>Pew has been studying the changing role of libraries in America in the digital age. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 29681 at http://kvpr.org Pew Study: Many Technophiles Also Love Libraries What Wakes B.J. Novak Up In The Middle Of The Night? http://kvpr.org/post/what-wakes-bj-novak-middle-night Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>When we talk about a triple threat we're often talking about a versatile athlete. Think about a basketball player who can score, defend, and rebound. In show biz, B. J. Novak may be that triple threat. He can do standup, act, and write successfully in all cases. He got his start doing standup comedy. That led to a job on the hit comedy series "The Office" where he had a regular part and was one of the writers.<p>And now he's put his writing talent to work on one more thing. Literally. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:04:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 27861 at http://kvpr.org The Annual Awards For Children's Books Are Out http://kvpr.org/post/annual-awards-childrens-books-are-out Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>OK, the Grammy Awards are behind us. The Oscars are around the corner. And now, we have another award that also gets a lot of attention this time of year, from people who love kids' books.<p>The American Library Association has announced this year's Caldecott and Newbery Award winners. NPR's Lynn Neary reports.<p>LYNN NEARY, BYLINE: Kate DiCamillo should be used to accolades by now. She was nominated last year for a National Book Award, and the Library of Congress named her the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:58:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 27701 at http://kvpr.org In An Age Of Slavery, Two Women Fight For Their 'Wings' http://kvpr.org/post/age-slavery-two-women-fight-their-wings Sue Monk Kidd's new novel is a story told by two women whose lives are wrapped together — beginning, against their wills, when they're young girls. One is a slave; the other, her reluctant owner. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 23:53:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 26916 at http://kvpr.org In An Age Of Slavery, Two Women Fight For Their 'Wings' Don't Call It Fanfic: Writers Rework Their Favorite Stories http://kvpr.org/post/dont-call-it-fanfic-writers-rework-their-favorite-stories When writers finish a book, they may think they've had the last word. But sometimes another writer will decide there's more to the story. The madwoman Bertha from <em>Jane Eyre</em> and the father in <em>Little Women</em> are just two examples of secondary characters who have been given a fuller life in a new work of fiction based on a classic novel.<p>Many writers are attracted to the world of Jane Austen. Jo Baker is a big fan of <em>Pride and Prejudice</em>, but there was something about the book that bothered her: the servants. Sat, 07 Dec 2013 13:05:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 25537 at http://kvpr.org 50 Years After Assassination, Kennedy Books Offer New Analysis http://kvpr.org/post/50-years-after-assassination-kennedy-books-offer-new-analysis In the 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the public has never tired of books about the charismatic young president and his tragic death.<p>This year, the market has been particularly flooded with Kennedy books — from glossy photograph collections to serious biographies and histories to a new round of books devoted to conspiracy theories.<p>There were already thousands of books about Kennedy before this 50th anniversary year, but Tony Lyons of Skyhorse Publishing believes there is always room for more. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 21:55:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 24697 at http://kvpr.org 50 Years After Assassination, Kennedy Books Offer New Analysis A Panorama Of Devastation: Drawing Of WWI Battle Spans 24 Feet http://kvpr.org/post/panorama-devastation-drawing-wwi-battle-spans-24-feet Joe Sacco is a cartoonist, graphic novelist and journalist; he's best-known for his dispatches from today's regions of conflict, like the Middle East and Bosnia, in cartoon form. But for his latest book, <em>The Great War</em>, Sacco turns his eye on history. He's recreated of one of the worst battles of World War I, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, from its hopeful beginning to its brutal end.<p>The book is unconventional in form — it folds out to form a 24-foot-long panorama. Sun, 10 Nov 2013 21:53:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 24296 at http://kvpr.org A Panorama Of Devastation: Drawing Of WWI Battle Spans 24 Feet Brick-And-Mortar Bookstores Play The Print Card Against Amazon http://kvpr.org/post/brick-and-mortar-bookstores-try-revenge-against-amazon When it comes to book publishing, all we ever seem to hear about is online sales, the growth of e-books and the latest version of a digital book reader. But the fact is, only 20 percent of the book market is e-books; it's still dominated by print. And a recent standoff in the book business shows how good old-fashioned, brick-and-mortar bookstores are still trying to wield their influence in the industry. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 09:48:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 23747 at http://kvpr.org Brick-And-Mortar Bookstores Play The Print Card Against Amazon 'A Time To' Revisit Clanton, Miss., In John Grisham's Latest http://kvpr.org/post/time-revisit-clanton-miss-john-grishams-latest In his new novel, <em>Sycamore Row</em>, John Grisham returns to a character close to his heart: Jake Brigance. Grisham introduced Jake to readers in his first novel, <em>A Time to Kill</em> — an adaptation of which is opening soon on Broadway.<p>Grisham insists that he didn't plan for his first new Jake Brigance book to come out at the same time as the play. "You know it makes us look real smart," he says. "There is no way, if we had planned, that it would ever happen. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 07:21:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 23191 at http://kvpr.org 'A Time To' Revisit Clanton, Miss., In John Grisham's Latest Political Violence, Uneasy Silence Echo In Lahiri's 'Lowland' http://kvpr.org/post/political-violence-uneasy-silence-echo-lahiris-lowland Earlier this month, Jhumpa Lahiri rejected the idea of immigrant fiction. "I don't know what to make of the term," she <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/08/books/review/jhumpa-lahiri-by-the-book.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0">told</a> <em>The New York Times</em>. "All American fiction could be classified as immigrant fiction."<p>Nevertheless, among readers, Lahiri is best-known for her novels and short stories about the immigrant experience. She was born in England and raised in America by parents who emigrated from India. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 07:57:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 21960 at http://kvpr.org Political Violence, Uneasy Silence Echo In Lahiri's 'Lowland' National Book Awards Look To Raise Profile ... And It's Not The First Time http://kvpr.org/post/national-book-awards-look-raise-profile-and-its-not-first-time You may be hearing a lot about the National Book Awards this week — at least that's what the National Book Foundation hopes. That's because they've made some changes to the awards that they hope will get more people talking about them. Over four days starting Monday, they will roll out their nominees in four different categories — beginning with <a href="http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2013.html#.UjdoS9KYP5w">Young People's Literature</a> and ending Thursday with Fiction.<p>It isn't the first time the National Book Awards have tried to raise their profile. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 21:15:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 21663 at http://kvpr.org National Book Awards Look To Raise Profile ... And It's Not The First Time 'Winter's Bone' Author Revisits A Tragedy In His Ozarks Hometown http://kvpr.org/post/winters-bone-author-revisits-tragedy-his-ozarks-hometown The Ozarks mountain town of West Plains, Mo., is the kind of town where a person can stand in his front yard and have a comfortable view of his past.<p>"My mom was actually born about 150 or 200 feet that way, and my grandfather's house is I guess 200 yards that way," says Daniel Woodrell, author of <em>Winter's Bone,</em> and most recently, <em>The Maid's Version</em>.<p>Woodrell's family — on both sides — goes back a long way in West Plains. His father moved away, but Woodrell used to visit his grandparents here when he was a kid. Thu, 05 Sep 2013 07:25:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 21090 at http://kvpr.org 'Winter's Bone' Author Revisits A Tragedy In His Ozarks Hometown Crime Novelist Elmore Leonard Dies At 87 http://kvpr.org/post/crime-novelist-elmore-leonard-dies-87 Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Elmore Leonard, sometimes called the Dickens of Detroit, created some of the most memorable characters in modern crime fiction. The 87-year-old writer died after suffering a stroke several weeks ago. Until then, he had never stopped writing. His first book, published in 1953, was a Western. Later, he turned to crime novels and left an indelible imprint on that genre. NPR's Lynn Neary has this remembrance.<p>LYNN NEARY, BYLINE: Elmore Leonard lived in or near Detroit for most of his life. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 09:31:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 20343 at http://kvpr.org