Books

4:17pm

Fri August 22, 2014
This Week's Must Read

As Summer Winds Down, Wistful Dreams Of A 'Lost Estate'

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 6:23 pm

The summer before I went to college my grandfather died. I spent that season clearing out the shelves in his bedroom. And since he was a compulsive rereader, I kept the books that looked the most tattered. I thought he must have loved those the most.

One of them was The Lost Estate (Le Grand Meaulnes), by Henri Alain-Fournier. I couldn't have known when I picked it up that it would be such an appropriate last book for someone just days away from becoming a college student. In the late August heat I sat on my grandmother's balcony and read it in two days.

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2:06pm

Fri August 22, 2014
Author Interviews

Novel Explores A Time When A Woman Might Not Live To Meet Her Child

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 6:09 pm

Katy Simpson Smith didn't have any trouble choosing a historical setting for her first novel. The American Revolution, she tells NPR's Audie Cornish, "was such a ripe moment for uncertainty: The various colonies are trying to figure out how they would make a nation of themselves, and families are trying to navigate evolving attitudes about religion and race and what it really means to be independent."

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5:25am

Fri August 22, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: David Gregory To Write Book About Judaism

David Gregory speaks during the 2014 Matrix Awards at The Waldorf Astoria in April in New York City.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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3:09pm

Thu August 21, 2014
Code Switch

How To Sell Diverse Books: A Bookstore Owner's Advice

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 4:24 pm

How should book sellers promote diverse content? Examine their biases, and get other folks to examine their biases, too.
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This week we've been exploring the question of diversity in the publishing industry.

From the classrooms of M.F.A. writing programs to the corporate offices of the big Manhattan publishers, NPR's Lynn Neary has reported on why there is an absence of people of color across the industry. Publishers agree that as the country's readers become more diverse, reflecting a diverse readership is increasingly becoming smart business for those who make and sell books.

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5:50am

Thu August 21, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: German Minister Shows Support For Authors' Amazon Protest

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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