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Author Interviews at NPR

Thursday, Nov 29

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Author And Artist Illustrates Life After A Sudden Death In 'Widower's Notebook'

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When Jonathan Santlofer's wife died five years ago, he was thrown into a "fugue state" of grief. Sketching her portrait from old photographs has helped him stay close to her.

Monday, Nov 26

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'The Beautiful Cure' Reveals The 'Profound' Power Of The Immune System

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Immunologist Daniel Davis says scientists are harnessing the power of the immune system to create new medications to fight cancer, auto-immune conditions and other diseases.

Sunday, Nov 25

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Book Review: 'Tales From The Inner City'

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NPR's Sacha Pfeiffer speaks with author and illustrator Shaun Tan about his new book, "Tales from the Inner City," which explores the relationship between humans and animals living in a city.

Saturday, Nov 24

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How To Stay 'Vegan Strong' These Holidays

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How to survive the holidays if you're a vegan? Bill Muir has some ideas. He speaks with NPR's Michel Martin about his new book, Vegan Strong.

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Book Review: 'The Friend' Wins 2018 National Book Award For Fiction

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NPR's Scott Simon speaks with author Sigrid Nunez about her novel, "The Friend," which just won the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction.

Tuesday, Nov 20

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Author Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall Embarks On The Quest To Cure Hangovers In 'Hungover'

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As long as humans have imbibed alcohol, they've had hangovers. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall about his book, Hungover: The Morning After and One Man's Quest for the Cure.

Sunday, Nov 18

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Book Review: 'Those Who Knew'

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NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with author Idra Novey about her novel "Those Who Knew," which takes a look at the emotional toll of staying silent after an assault.

Saturday, Nov 17

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Author Interview: 'My Sister, The Serial Killer'

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NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Nigerian author Oyinkan Braithwaite about her new book, "My Sister, the Serial Killer."

Tuesday, Nov 13

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In 'Solo,' Chef Anita Lo Celebrates The Art Of Cooking For One

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Meals for one should not be a sad or boring affair, says Michelin-starred chef Anita Lo. In her new cookbook, Lo goes beyond bitter greens, blue cheese and monkfish to serve up fun meals for one.

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'Sex, Lies And Stardom': Exploitation In Howard Hughes' Hollywood

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Karina Longworth's new book, Seduction, tells the story of 10 women who had sexual relationships with Hughes. "These things have always happened and they were never talked about publicly," she says.

Monday, Nov 12

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Michelle Obama Goes On Tour With Her New Book 'Becoming'

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Former first lady Michelle Obama has written a memoir in which she reflects on some of the challenges in her personal life. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to her about her book: Becoming.

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News Brief: Wildfires, Florida Recount, Michelle Obama's Memoir

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Wildfires tear through northern and southern California. Florida recounts ballots in the races for governor and U.S. senator. And former first lady Michelle Obama's book, Becoming, is out Tuesday.

Sunday, Nov 11

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'Boy Erased': The True Story Behind The Film

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Garrard Conley's memoir of growing up as the gay son of a conservative Baptist preacher has been made into a movie. He speaks with NPR's Michel Martin.

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'Big Little Lies' Author Places 'Perfect Strangers' In A High-End Health Resort

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In Liane Moriarty's new novel, nine strangers gather at a 10-day wellness retreat looking for transformation — and end up getting a lot more than they bargained for.

Saturday, Nov 10

A Word Of Advice, About A New Book Of Advice.

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NPR's Scott Simon speaks with comedian and author Lane Moore about her new book, "How to Be Alone".

An American And Her Filipina Translator Exhume A Massacre In 'Insurrecto'

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Gina Apostol's new novel is a story about the Philippine-American War set in the present day, told from two dueling perspectives. Turns out the idea of multiple identities is close to her own heart.

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Michelle Obama Tells NPR She 'Never Ever' Would Have Chosen Politics For Herself

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"It was very difficult being married to a man that felt like politics was his destiny," the former first lady tells All Things Considered host Audie Cornish in a wide-ranging interview about her life.

Friday, Nov 9

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A Noir Novel For The Trump Era, From Jonathan Lethem

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The Feral Detective follows a New Yorker reeling from the 2016 election and the eccentric private eye of the title deep into the California desert.

Wednesday, Nov 7

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Novelist Revisits The Assassination And Conspiracies That Fueled Colombia's Civil War

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Juan Gabriel Vásquez's novel, The Shape Of The Ruins, centers on the 1948 assassination of Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, the years of violence that followed and the conspiracy theories surrounding his death.

Tuesday, Nov 6

How The Fugitive Slave Act Ignited A 'Struggle For America's Soul'

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Author Andrew Delbanco says the 1850 law paved the way for the Civil War by endangering the lives of both escaped slaves and free black men and women in the North. His book is The War Before The War.

Monday, Nov 5

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'Why Religion?' Asks 'How Hearts Can Heal' After Tragedy

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Religion scholar Elaine Pagels lost her young son to terminal illness and her husband a year later in an accident. Her new book combines memoir and biblical scholarship to reflect on loss and faith.

Sunday, Nov 4

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A New Biography Of Marie Colvin, Eyewitness To War

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The American journalist reported on the human impact of war from places few Westerners ventured. Her life is the subject of In Extremis, by fellow correspondent Lindsey Hilsum.

Saturday, Nov 3

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Natasha Trethewey: Poetry Speaks 'Across The Lines That Would Divide Us'

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The Pulitzer Prize winner and former Poet Laureate has a new collection out, called Monument, that takes on American history, personal history, and the lives that history and poetry often overlook.

Friday, Nov 2

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Not His Job: 'Wait Wait' Host Peter Sagal Writes A Book About Running

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He's the voice of NPR's comedy news quiz. He has also run a marathon in under 3:10. And now he has collected his thoughts about his avocation in The Incomplete Book of Running.

Thursday, Nov 1

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Actor Michael Caine, 85, On His Long Career: 'The Alternative Was A Factory'

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From the title heartthrob in Alfie to the fatherly butler of the Batman franchise, the actor has been filling movie screens for a half-century. His new memoir is Blowing The Bloody Doors Off.

Wednesday, Oct 31

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Is The Supreme Court The 'Most Dangerous Branch' Of Government?

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Author David A. Kaplan warns that the court is becoming increasingly polarized — and influential: "Why should nine unelected, unaccountable judges dictate so much policy in the country?"

Monday, Oct 29

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In 'Listen To The Marriage,' A Case For Spending Time In The Counselor's Office

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John Jay Osborn, author of The Paper Chase, has a new novel — this one based on the four years when he and his wife attended (successful) marriage counseling.

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Rap, Buddhism And Broken Radiators: The Beastie Boys Have A Story For Everything

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NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Adam Horovitz and Michael Diamond of the Beastie Boys about their new memoir, Beastie Boys Book.

Sunday, Oct 28

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Feathered Friends Large And Small Flock On Cornell's 'Wall Of Birds'

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Artist Jane Kim was nicknamed "Michaelangela" for her work on Cornell's massive Wall of Birds mural — 40 feet high and 100 feet wide, capturing 375 million years of avian evolution in paint.

Saturday, Oct 27

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Bob Cousy, 90, Still Rues The Assists He Didn't Make To Bill Russell

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The great Boston Celtics point guard and his fellow Hall of Fame center won six NBA titles together — in the shadow of widespread racism. Gary Pomerantz documents that history in The Last Pass.