Writers Talk http://wcbe.org en Honoring The Games, And The Past, With Poetry http://wcbe.org/post/honoring-games-and-past-poetry In the days of the ancient Greeks, poetry and sport went hand in hand at athletic festivals like the Olympics. Poets sang the praises of athletic champions and, at some festivals, even competed in official events, reciting or playing the lyre. Here at NPR, we're reviving that tradition with our own Poetry Games.<p>From the far reaches of the globe, we've invited poets to compose original works celebrating athletes and athletics. Fri, 27 Jul 2012 05:13:00 +0000 editor 19604 at http://wcbe.org Honoring The Games, And The Past, With Poetry It's A Genre! The Overdue Poetry Of Parenthood http://wcbe.org/post/its-genre-overdue-poetry-parenthood Birth, most people would agree, is a fairly important event. And poetry, most people would agree, tends to focus on subjects of intense emotional significance. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 20:35:27 +0000 David Orr 19428 at http://wcbe.org It's A Genre! The Overdue Poetry Of Parenthood 'In The Attic': Whips, Witches And A Peculiar Princess http://wcbe.org/post/attic-whips-witches-and-peculiar-princess <em>Gillian Flynn's most recent novel is</em> Gone Girl.<p>At age 13, I survived almost entirely on green apple Jolly Ranchers and <em>Flowers in the Attic,</em> and to this day I can't look at the book without my mouth watering. My much loved copy must have come from a supermarket (it was impossible to go to a supermarket in the '80s to, say, secretly stock up on green apple Jolly Ranchers, without a V.C. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 19:58:00 +0000 editor 19354 at http://wcbe.org 'In The Attic': Whips, Witches And A Peculiar Princess Staying Up Late: 5 Picks For The Ravenous Reader http://wcbe.org/post/staying-late-5-picks-ravenous-reader It's late. The clock is ticking. You have to be awake again in 6 hours. You're exhausted.<p>But you just really want to finish this one chapter.<p>One of your eyes starts to close — that's OK, you'll rest it for a minute, and then you'll rest the other one. You just want to stay awake to finish the next couple of pages.<p>This book is too good. You can't stop; you must know what happens.<p>Sometimes a book is better than sleep. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 15:22:14 +0000 editor 19209 at http://wcbe.org Staying Up Late: 5 Picks For The Ravenous Reader 'Redshirts': Expendable Ensigns Get Their Own Story http://wcbe.org/post/redshirts-expendable-ensigns-get-their-own-story Fans of <em>Star Trek</em> long ago noted that anonymous security officers who accompanied the show's stars rarely survived the experience. Shortly after being beamed down, they would be vaporized, stomped or eaten for dramatic effect. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 18:56:25 +0000 NPR Staff 18935 at http://wcbe.org 'A Door In The Ocean' Leads To Dark Depths http://wcbe.org/post/door-ocean-leads-dark-depths Many of the key scenes in David McGlynn's striking new memoir, <em>A Door in the Ocean</em>, take place at the beach or in swimming pools. McGlynn was a surfer and competitive swimmer in his school days and still squeezes into his Speedos for races like the annual 5K "Gatorman" off the coast of La Jolla, Calif. Ocean swimming, in particular, transports McGlynn to another realm, and he does a terrific job of dramatizing the allure of solitary swims in open water. Midway through his book, he writes:<p><blockquote><p>In the ocean, I was not afraid, though I had plenty of reason to be. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 16:46:55 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 18647 at http://wcbe.org 'A Door In The Ocean' Leads To Dark Depths Want A Winner? These Books Made The Critics' Cut http://wcbe.org/post/want-winner-these-books-made-critics-cut It's an election year, and that may be good news for those of us who like our summer reading: Laura Miller of <a href="http://www.salon.com/">Salon.com</a> says a lot of publishing companies don't want to release all their best books in the fall because they'll have to compete with all that presidential campaign news. And that means more great books to choose from when the weather is hot.<p>Miller has picked out a couple of juicy crime novels and some "narrative nonfiction" for her lazy, hazy summer days. David Ulin of the <em>L.A. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 16:45:51 +0000 Lynn Neary 18582 at http://wcbe.org Want A Winner? These Books Made The Critics' Cut Museums And Planetariums: Two Terrific Books And Two Ways Of Reading http://wcbe.org/post/museums-and-planetariums-two-terrific-books-and-two-ways-reading When the power goes out, what can you do but read books, like it's THE PRAIRIE?<p>Kidding, kidding. But I'm not kidding when I say that the recent (fourth day and counting!) power outage at my house, while relieved by visits to the couches of friends and family who remain AC-enabled and taunt me with their humming refrigerators and whirring fans, also gave me the opportunity to catch up on my reading.<p>This week, that included two books I was looking forward to a lot: <em>The Next Best Thing</em>, by Jennifer Weiner, and <em>You Take It From Here</em>, by Pamela Ribon. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 16:43:47 +0000 Linda Holmes 18580 at http://wcbe.org Museums And Planetariums: Two Terrific Books And Two Ways Of Reading This Week's 5 Best Stories From NPR Books http://wcbe.org/post/weeks-5-best-stories-npr-books If you're like me, you probably have stacks of books sitting around your home waiting to be cracked open.<p>Despite my apartment's messy milieu, the piles are actually carefully curated in the order of what I plan to tackle next. Of course, the stacks tend to grow faster than I can read, but no matter.<p>Here are this week's five best stories from NPR Books. They'll grow your piles, but I promise, these books are worth it.<p><h3>1. Mississippi Mayhem</h3><p>Faulknerphiles: Surely you are by now aware that this Friday is the 50th anniversary of William Faulkner's death. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 16:40:44 +0000 editor 18578 at http://wcbe.org This Week's 5 Best Stories From NPR Books