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Author Interviews at NPR

Saturday, Oct 20

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Sarah Perry On 'Melmoth'

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NPR's Scott Simon talks with Sarah Perry about her latest novel, Melmoth.

Friday, Oct 19

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Father And Son Behind 'Beautiful Boy' Share Their Story Of Addiction And Recovery

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David Sheff and his son Nic both wrote memoirs about Nic's meth addiction. Their stories are now the basis of a film starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. Originally broadcast in '08 and '13.

Thursday, Oct 18

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To 'Make Ink' You Just Need To Look Down Around Your Feet

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NPR's Ari Shapiro explores the city of Washington, D.C., with artist Jason Logan, and author of Make Ink: A Forager's Guide to Natural Inkmaking, to urban forage for materials to make ink.

Tuesday, Oct 16

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'Hey, Kiddo' Aims To Help Kids With Addicted Parents Feel Less Alone

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Jarrett J. Krosoczka was raised by his grandparents. The author and illustrator says he got a lot of practice telling stories as a kid — "making up excuses for where my biological parents were."

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Novelist Esi Edugyan On Black Genius And What Comes After Slavery

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The author of Man Booker Prize finalist Washington Black began her new book on a plantation in 1830s Barbados. "I really have no idea where my story is going at the outset of it," she says.

Monday, Oct 15

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Novelist Esi Edugyan On Depicting The 'Forgotten Figures' Of Scientific History

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Edugyan's latest novel, Washington Black, tells the story of a boy who escapes slavery and embarks on a voyage of scientific discovery. It has been shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize.

Phoebe Robinson: There's No Excuse For The Lack Of Diversity In Comedy

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"There are so many talented, amazing people and if you're not booking them, it's either out of laziness or the fact you really don't care," says the co-host of the 2 Dope Queens podcast.

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Getting 'The Band' Together: Questions For Nicholas Eames

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Author Nicholas Eames's series The Band is a joyous mashup of classic rock and fantasy tropes — because if there were monsters, why wouldn't there be bands of celebrity mercenaries to slay them?

Sunday, Oct 14

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MacArthur 'Genius' Poet Natalie Diaz Tackles Issues Facing Native Americans

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Poet Natalie Diaz speaks with NPR's Shereen Marisol Meraji about being selected for a MacArthur "Genius" Grant. Her work focuses on social justice issues and her Mojave and Latina heritage.

The 'Young Black Man' Who Reluctantly Became An NRA-Certified Instructor

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RJ Young developed an interest in guns in order to bond with his white father-in-law. The experience is chronicled is his new book, Let It Bang.

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'Unsheltered' Tackles The Unhealed Divisions In America

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NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Barbara Kingsolver about her novel "Unsheltered," where a dilapidated Victorian house, family fortunes in decline and the pressures of middle age all converge.

'The Ravenmaster' Is Definitely (There) For The Birds

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Legend says that if the ravens ever leave the Tower of London, England will fall. Luckily, ravenmaster Chris Skaife is there to care for them, and he's got a new book about these extraordinary birds.

Saturday, Oct 13

Mystery Of A Massive Library Fire Remains Unsolved After More Than 30 Years

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On April 29, 1986, fire tore through Los Angeles' Central Library — more than one million books were damaged or destroyed. Susan Orlean tells the story of the suspected arson in The Library Book.

'Heavy': Kiese Laymon's Memoir Examines How People Absorb Trauma

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NPR's Scott Simon talks to Kiese Laymon about his relationship with his mother as well as his addiction to food and gambling. Both are documented in his new book, "Heavy: An American Memoir."

Friday, Oct 12

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In 'Gmorning, Gnight!' Jonny Sun And Lin-Manuel Miranda Craft A Peppy Pick-Me-Up

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What if, instead of reaching compulsively for your phone for comfort and distraction, you could pick up a book? That's what Lin-Manuel Miranda and illustrator Jonny Sun aimed for in their new book.

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Cult Icon John Waters On Breaking Taboos And Embracing Villains

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The filmmaker behind Hairspray and Pink Flamingos made his name setting new lows in bad taste. The Baltimore Museum of Art now has a retrospective of his work. Originally broadcast 2004 and 2010.

Thursday, Oct 11

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How Notions Of Sex, Power And Consent Are Changing On College Campuses

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Blurred Lines author Vanessa Grigoriadis says female college students were once told to protect themselves from sexual assault by learning self defense. Now, the focus is on changing men's behavior.

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How Presidents Have Appropriated War Powers From Congress

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NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to presidential historian Michael Beschloss about how presidents have chipped away at the congressional power to declare war. It's the subject of his book, Presidents of War.

Wednesday, Oct 10

Children's Picture Book 'Quiet' Celebrates Enjoying The Moment

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Rachel Martin talks to Tomie dePaola about his new children's book, Quiet. He lives in the countryside and while dining at a local restaurant, he was particularly struck by a family he noticed there.

Stephen Carter's Book Tells How His Grandmother Helped Convict A Mob Boss

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Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep talks to Stephen Carter about his book Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster.

Monday, Oct 8

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How A 19th Century Chemist Took On The Food Industry With A Grisly Experiment

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Deborah Blum's book, The Poison Squad, tells how Harvey Washington Wiley and his band of chemists crusaded to remove toxins, such as arsenic and borax, from food. How? By testing them on volunteers.

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New Collection Showcases Leonard Cohen Was 'Preoccupied With Brokenness'

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Musician and writer Leonard Cohen died in 2016, leaving behind many unpublished poems and lyrics. His son Adam Cohen discusses The Flame, a collection of some of Leonard's final works.

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'Our Fathers Were Like Ghosts:' Questions For Juan Vidal, Author Of 'Rap Dad'

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Writer, critic and musician Juan Vidal grew up largely fatherless, falling in and out of trouble — but he found fellowship, poetry, and eventually guidance in the words of his favorite rappers.

Sunday, Oct 7

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Family And Identity In 'All You Can Ever Know'

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NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with author Nicole Chung about her new memoir, All You Can Ever Know.

Saturday, Oct 6

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Alice Walker Is For Oakland, Human Imperfection And The Children

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The author of The Color Purple has released a new book of poems. Written in English and translated into Spanish, it's called Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart.

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In 'Hey, Kiddo,' Jarrett Krosoczka Sketches Childhood, A Mom's Addiction

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In 17 years, the author of the popular Lunch Lady children's series has published 38 books — but his latest stands out. The heartfelt graphic memoir tells the story of his childhood.

Wednesday, Oct 3

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Recovery Efforts Continue In Indonesia As Many Wait For Aid

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The death toll continues to rise as the country digs out from under the damage of an earthquake and tsunami. Communications are spotty and some of the hardest-hit areas are difficult to reach.

The Decades-Old Backstory Of America's Conflict With North Korea

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Steve Inskeep talks to Hampton Sides about his book: On Desperate Ground: The Marines at the Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle. Sides explores the origins of the conflict with North Korea.

Tuesday, Oct 2

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Michael Lewis: Trump's Approach To Government Shows 'Neglect And Misunderstanding'

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Lewis' new book, The Fifth Risk, examines three federal departments under Trump: energy, agriculture and commerce. He warns that half of the top 700 positions in the administration remain unfilled.

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New Book Looks At Why Women Have The Right To Be 'Good And Mad'

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In an interview with Rachel Martin, author Rebecca Traister talks about her book Good and Mad, why she chose to look at women's anger in history, and what the Kavanaugh hearings mean for the future.