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NPR News: Thomas Chatterton Williams On Debate, Criticism And The Letter In ‘Harper’s Magazine’

Thomas Chatterton Williams On Debate, Criticism And The Letter In ‘Harper’s Magazine’
A letter on the importance of open debate was published by Harper’s Magazine this week and was signed by more than 150 prominent writers and thinkers, fueling a controversy over debate and privilege.

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NPR News: Charlie Kaufman On His Strange New Debut Novel, ‘Antkind’

Charlie Kaufman On His Strange New Debut Novel, ‘Antkind’
NPR’s Scott Simon speaks with Charlie Kaufman about his new novel, Antkind, about film critic B. Rosenberger Rosenberg and his quest to recall a strange new film.

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NPR News: ‘Utopia Avenue,’ The Greatest Sixties Band That Never Was

‘Utopia Avenue,’ The Greatest Sixties Band That Never Was
David Mitchell’s new novel chronicles the rise and fall of fictional 1960s psychedelic rock band. He says he was drawn to both the music and the “dark magic that was in the air” in that era.

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NPR News: You Know How ‘Survivor Song’ Will End. It’s Still Horrifying.

You Know How ‘Survivor Song’ Will End. It’s Still Horrifying.
Paul Tremblay’s new novel, about a viral outbreak that locks down New England, hits close to home. Taking place over just a few hours, it’s both a zombie horror tale and a focused, personal drama.

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NPR News: V: How Can An Authentic Apology Lead To Healing?

V: How Can An Authentic Apology Lead To Healing?
The playwright V, formerly known as Eve Ensler, survived horrific sexual violence as a child. Years later, she decided to write what she needed to hear most: a true apology in the words of her abuser.

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NPR News: Dawn Wacek: How Can Libraries Be A Path Toward Inclusivity And Forgiveness?

Dawn Wacek: How Can Libraries Be A Path Toward Inclusivity And Forgiveness?
Are overdue library book fines necessary? Librarian Dawn Wacek wants all libraries to do away with overdue fines to make library services more inclusive and welcoming to all readers.

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NPR News: No Reading, No Peace: The Power Of Black Stories Out Loud

No Reading, No Peace: The Power Of Black Stories Out Loud
The difference between owning a book by a Black author and experiencing its power lies in reading it aloud — particularly for kids’ books, which can help kids speak up about their own experiences.

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NPR News: ‘The Beauty In Breaking’ Chronicles Chaos And Healing In The Emergency Room

‘The Beauty In Breaking’ Chronicles Chaos And Healing In The Emergency Room
In a new memoir, Dr. Michele Harper writes about treating gunshot wounds, discovering evidence of child abuse — and drawing courage from her patients as she’s struggled to overcome her own trauma.

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NPR News: ‘Jane Eyre’ Meets ‘Dracula’ In This Sharp, Inventive ‘Mexican Gothic’ Tale

‘Jane Eyre’ Meets ‘Dracula’ In This Sharp, Inventive ‘Mexican Gothic’ Tale
A young woman tries to free her cousin from a dangerous living situation in a crumbling family mansion in Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s new novel. Mexican Gothic injects fresh blood into a classic genre.

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NPR News: Gently Weird ‘Collective Gravities’ Grounds The Extraordinary In The Ordinary

Gently Weird ‘Collective Gravities’ Grounds The Extraordinary In The Ordinary
Love isn’t the main subject in Chloe N. Clark’s debut collection, but it’s an important one — these stories dig into the ways we evolve towards each other, form bonds, and feel the earth spin.

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NPR News: ‘Unholy’ Examines The Alliance Between White Evangelicals And Trump

‘Unholy’ Examines The Alliance Between White Evangelicals And Trump
The president isn’t known for his faith. Instead, author Sarah Posner says he connects with Evangelicals by voicing the legal, social, religious and cultural grievances of the Christian right.

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NPR News: If Surprise Makes A Great Novel, ‘Antkind’ Is A Great Novel

If Surprise Makes A Great Novel, ‘Antkind’ Is A Great Novel
Charlie Kaufman’s doorstopper new novel could only have been written by Charlie Kaufman — which may seem vague, but we promise it fits the unapologetic, overstuffed Antkind perfectly.

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NPR News: Dana Canedy Is First Black Person To Head A Publishing Giant

Dana Canedy Is First Black Person To Head A Publishing Giant
Simon & Schuster has named Dana Canedy executive vice president and publisher of its namesake imprint. She is the first Black person and the third woman to hold that position.

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NPR News: Trump’s Niece Pens Tell-All. Offers Scathing Portrait Of The President

Trump’s Niece Pens Tell-All. Offers Scathing Portrait Of The President
Parts of an incendiary book by President Trump’s niece are beginning to come to light. Excerpts surfaced publicly on Tuesday, ahead of the expected release of Mary Trump’s book next week.

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NPR News: Black Bookstores Face Increased Demand Amid Protests Against Racism

Black Bookstores Face Increased Demand Amid Protests Against Racism
Some Black-owned bookstores are facing a sudden demand — new customers are seeking books to help navigate America’s moment of racial reckoning.

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NPR News: ‘The Stakes Are Far Higher Than They’ve Ever Been’: Trump’s Niece Pens Tell-All

‘The Stakes Are Far Higher Than They’ve Ever Been’: Trump’s Niece Pens Tell-All
Mary Trump offers a scathing portrait of the president in a book that very nearly was blocked from publication. Now its publisher is bumping up the release date, and excerpts are starting to surface.

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NPR News: Coronavirus And Drinking Games: Author Of New Book Sees Commonalities

Coronavirus And Drinking Games: Author Of New Book Sees Commonalities
Adam Kucharski, author of the new book The Rules Of Contagion, talks about how to predict the spread (and end) of contagious events, from viruses to internet trends.

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NPR News: ‘We’ve Got To Learn From Our History,’ ‘Demagogue’ Author Warns

‘We’ve Got To Learn From Our History,’ ‘Demagogue’ Author Warns
Author Larry Tye chronicles Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s infamous smear campaign in a new book. He says both McCarthy and Trump are “bullies” who exploit fears and “point fingers when they’re attacked.”

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NPR News: ‘Want’ Captures The Precariousness Of America’s Middle Class

‘Want’ Captures The Precariousness Of America’s Middle Class
The family at the center of Lynn Steger Strong’s novel is on the brink of bankruptcy. Want is a portrait of how close to the edge people are — despite the seeming safeguard of middle-class jobs.

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