Literature

Literature

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin reunites with three old friends in author Karine Tuil’s The Age of Reinvention.

Title: The Age of Reinvention

Author: Karine Tuil

Pages: 392

Publisher: Washington Square Press

ISBN: 978-1476776347

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

Movie screens are thundering with futuristic stories this year, from the final installment of The Hunger Games to The Martian. Both films started as books — The Martian originally self-published — but it's The Martian that taps into an intriguing trend toward realism. Space travel has been a sci-fi staple for more than a century, and now some of the biggest names in the genre are trying to imagine what it would actually take to send humans to another planet.

"Usually when you illustrate a book, you're working on something that nobody's read before," notes Jim Kay.

But when you get tapped to add the illustrations to new editions of the entire Harry Potter series, as Kay did, the situation is more than a little bit different.

"It took a long time to get over the sort of terrible panic which grabs you," Kay says, "because you don't want to ruin the most successful children's book franchise in history."

Christopher Buckley's new novel is a historical heist caper, the story of a scam: An attempt to counterfeit the Shroud of Turin, believed by some to be the burial shroud of Jesus of Nazareth. As Jesus himself never said, "Talk about chutzpah!"

The 16th-century Holy Roman schemers include Dismas, a former mercenary who now deals in religious relics, from foreskins to fingerbones, and Albrecht Dürer, the real life artist and engraver. It's a road story, of a kind, that brings the duo to into contact with brothels, damsels, foreplay and swordplay.

For Molly Crabapple, art is a tool for action.

She has illustrated court proceedings at Guantanamo and documented the war in Syria with her pen and paper. Her work has been featured in Vanity Fair and The New York Times, and she's a columnist for Vice.

In her new memoir, Drawing Blood, she describes growing up in New York City and working her way through art school as a "naked girl for hire," as she puts it, posing for art classes and acting in music videos.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin goes on a mysterious audio adventure with a lovable young underdog in Jessica Lawson’s Nooks & Crannies.

Title: Nooks & Crannies

Author: Jessica Lawson

Runtime: 7 1/2 hours

Publisher: Dreamscape Media

AISN: B010MQNK0S

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin goes to the movies with a troubled teen in Michael Ebner’s Movie Game.

Title: Movie Game

Author: Michael Ebner

Pages: 293

Publisher: Pen and Picture

ISBN: 978-0993061301

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin settles in for a cup of coffee and a mystery with author Caroline Fardig’s Death Before Decaf.

Title: Death Before Decaf

Author: Caroline Fardig

Pages: 240

Publisher: Alibi

AISN: B00VOYNDKK

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin tracks the secrets and lies of a blogger in Amy Sue Nathan’s The Good Neighbor.

Title: The Good Neighbor

Author: Amy Sue Nathan

Pages: 190

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

ISBN: 978-1250048585

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin learns about parenting from The Honest Toddler, as told to author/blogger Bunmi Laditan.

Title: The Honest Toddler

Author: Bunmi Laditan

Runtime: 8 hours, 16 minutes

Publisher: Tantor Audio

AISN: B00CFQEYMW

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin hunts for a digital thief with a geeky amateur sleuth in Max Wirestone’s The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss.

Title: The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss

Author: Max Wirestone

Pages: 237

Publisher: Redhook

ISBN: 978-0316385978

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

'The Witches' Shows Salem Is In Our Blood

Oct 27, 2015

Our thoroughly modern world can't let go of Salem. The communal madness that gripped a small Massachusetts Bay Colony village in the late 17th century still bedevils us — so to speak — over three centuries later. Stacey Schiff's excellent history The Witches: Salem, 1692, measures our continued fascination with the most literal, and most deadly, witch-hunt in American history.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin joins the Halloween festivities of Donna Andrews’s latest Meg Langslow mystery, Lord of the Wings.

Title: Lord of the Wings

Author: Donna Andrews

Pages: 307

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 978-1250049582

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

For the pious Puritans of early America, witchcraft was a crime of the highest order.

Back then, the term "witch hunt" was not just an expression: In 1692, 19 women and men were hanged and one pressed to death with stones after being found guilty of witchcraft.

In her book The Witches, author Stacy Schiff follows the buildup of fear and outrageous tales of consorting with the devil. The witch trials were set in motion by two young Salem girls in the grip of strange and disturbing symptoms.

All Hail The Glow Cloud: 'Night Vale' Welcomes Readers

Oct 22, 2015

In Night Vale, time is out of joint, memories are unreliable, and pink flamingo garden ornaments might do you serious harm. Cecil Palmer, the honey-voiced host of the community radio program, is as likely to begin narrating your every action as he is to inform you about the community calendar or the mind-controlling Glow Cloud (ALL HAIL) who's now a member of the PTA. The dog park is forbidden, the existence of mountains is deeply controversial, and teenagers can be 19 for decades.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin gears up for Halloween with Lucy Stone in Leslie Meier’s Candy Corn Murder.

Title: Candy Corn Murder

Author: Leslie Meier

Runtime: 7 hours, 42 minutes

Publisher: Dreamscape Media

ISBN: 978-1681414720

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

Sloths Against Humanity in 'Memetic'

Oct 15, 2015

A wish, frail and plaintive, lies at the heart of James Tynion IV's zombie apocalypse comic. Its presence goes a long way toward explaining why Memetic, which on a flip-through might seem like just another splatter tale, is actually fun to think about after you're done reading it — and not just because it involves a sloth.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin goes on the run with a grieving widow in Tom Savage’s Mrs. John Doe.

Title: Mrs. John Doe

Author: Tom Savage

Pages: 283

Publisher: Alibi

AISN: B00S3RK7MI

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

Updated at 8:09 a.m. ET

Investigative journalist Svetlana Alexievich has been awarded this year's Nobel Prize for Literature, the Swedish Academy announced Thursday. Alexievich is the first writer from Belarus to win the prize.

Alexievich won "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time," according to the citation for the award.

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