Shannon Bolithoe : A Writing Life


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NPR News: An Imagined Future Speaks In ‘Talking To Robots’

An Imagined Future Speaks In ‘Talking To Robots’
If you want to see what that future might look like, David Ewing Duncan’s book is a fun place to start; he imagines various future bots based on interviews with scientists and engineers, among others.

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NPR News: 34 Ways To Beat The System In ‘Raised In Captivity’

34 Ways To Beat The System In ‘Raised In Captivity’
Chuck Klosterman’s new collection of “fictional nonfiction” is full of people who subvert expectations and find ways around the systems that rule our lives. Also, there’s a puma in an airplane toilet.

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NPR News: Letters Serve To Bond Time-Traveling Rivals In ‘This Is How You Lose The Time War’

Letters Serve To Bond Time-Traveling Rivals In ‘This Is How You Lose The Time War’
Rather than the time travel or war, the thrill of Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone’s book becomes the connection between two lonely professional killers with the ability to inscribe letters on lava.

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NPR News: For The ‘Nickel Boys,’ Life Isn’t Worth 5 Cents

For The ‘Nickel Boys,’ Life Isn’t Worth 5 Cents
Colson Whitehead’s harrowing new novel is based on a true story about a brutally abusive reform school in Florida where the grounds were pocked with the unmarked graves of the boys who died there.

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NPR News: In Lost Essay, Langston Hughes Recounts Meeting A Young Chain Gang Runaway

In Lost Essay, Langston Hughes Recounts Meeting A Young Chain Gang Runaway
The work, previously published only in Russian, was discovered by Professor Steven Hoelscher. The encounter occurred in 1927, when Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston went on a road trip through the South.

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NPR News: Your Local Library May Have A New Offering In Stock: A Resident Social Worker

Your Local Library May Have A New Offering In Stock: A Resident Social Worker
Libraries have never been just about books; they’re also crucial hubs of community support. Some are even expanding that role, and supporting their librarians, by bringing in trained social workers.

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