Books

6:30am

Sat March 23, 2013
Author Interviews

At 80, Philip Roth Reflects On Life, Literature And The Beauty Of Naps

Originally published on Sat March 23, 2013 11:01 am

The Library of America recently published the ninth and final volume of a complete collection of Philip Roth's works, and a new documentary on PBS looks back on his prolific career.
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Philip Roth turned 80 years old this week, and his hometown of Newark, N.J. — a city he left long ago, but often returns to in his books — honored the man often acclaimed as America's greatest living novelist with a marching band, a birthday cake in the shape of books piled high and lots of symposia.

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6:13am

Sat March 23, 2013
Books

From One Author To Another, Letters Of Praise

Host Scott Simon reads some of the best fan mail to authors, written by authors.

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1:10pm

Fri March 22, 2013
Author Interviews

With Humor And Sorrow, 'Life After Life' Explores Death

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 5:17 pm

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A woman who moves from Boston to be near the grave of her lover; the widow of a judge who keeps a scrapbook of murder and crime; an 85-year-old who has always seen the sunnier side of life; an old man feigning dementia. In the fictional Pine Haven retirement center, together and separately, these characters face the ends of their lives. They're the stars of Jill McCorkle's new novel, Life After Life, which balances humor and sorrow as it explores the moment of death.

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12:42pm

Fri March 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Chinua Achebe And The Bravery Of Lions

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 1:30 pm

Chinua Achebe, Nigerian-born novelist and poet speaks about his works and his life at his home on the campus of Bard College in 2008.
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Chinua Achebe, the prominent Nigerian novelist and essayist who died on Thursday, said in a 1994 interview with the Paris Review, "There is that great proverb — that until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter."

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8:55am

Fri March 22, 2013
Remembrances

Nigeria's Outspoken Writer Chinua Achebe Dies At 82

Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, who played a critical role in establishing post-colonial African literature, has died. The author of Things Fall Apart was 82.

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