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7:00 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

October 21, 2013 Shelf Discovery: The Impersonator

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin travels back in time to the Roaring Twenties with Mary Miley’s The Impersonator.

Title: The Imperstonator

Author: Mary Miley

Pages: 354

Publisher: Minotaur Books          

ISBN: 978-1250028167

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

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10:34 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Book News: Health Woes Will Keep Munro From Nobel Ceremony

Canadian author Alice Munro in June 2009.
Peter Muhly AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 7:11 am

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7:00 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

October 14, 2013 Shelf Discovery: Family Pictures

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin looks through Jane Green’s Family Pictures.

Title: Family Pictures

Author: Jane Green

CDs: 8 (10 hours)

Publisher: Macmillan Audio        

ISBN: 978-1427229069

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

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9:29 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Book News: Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prize In Literature

The Nobel Prize committee called Canadian author Alice Munro, seen in 2009, a "master of the contemporary short story."
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Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 9:42 am

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8:52 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Ohioana Book Award Winner Louise Borden

Ohioana Book Award winner Louise Borden
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  Ohio author Louise Borden will receive the 2013 Ohio Book Award for Juvenile Literature for her book His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg. Listen above as she describes the story that inspired the book and her belief that one person can make a difference.

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7:00 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

October 7, 2013 Shelf Discovery: Beluga

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin returns to the Mississippi Delta with Rick Gavin’s Beluga.

Title: Beluga

Author: Rick Gavin

Pages: 298

Publisher: Minotaur Books          

ISBN: 978-1250028761

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

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10:08 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Book News: Novel By Michael Hastings To Be Published Posthumously

Michael Hastings, who wrote a candid profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal for Rolling Stone, died in June in a car crash in Los Angeles. He was 33.
Paul Morigi Getty Images for The Guardian

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 7:23 am

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4:23 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

New E-Book Lending Service Aims To Be Netflix For Books

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Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 5:24 pm

Movie lovers have Netflix, music lovers have Spotify — and book lovers (whether they read literary fiction or best-selling potboilers) now have Scribd. The document sharing website has been around since 2007, but this week it launched a subscription service for e-book lending.

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11:47 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Did The Cat Eat Your Gymsuit? Then These Books Are For You

Lizzie Skurnick wrote several books in the Sweet Valley High series. Her new imprint aims to celebrate and preserve classic young adult books from the 1930s through the 1980s.
Ig Publishing

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 10:09 pm

Young adult literature is big business right now; bookstores and movie theaters are full of titles like The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars.

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7:00 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

September 30, 2013 Shelf Discovery: Hollow Bones

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin goes on a deadly expedition in the jungle with Hollow Bones by C. J. Lyons.

Title: Hollow Bones

Author: C. J. Lyons

Pages: 294

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks        

ISBN: 978-1250015372

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10:04 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Sax, Drugs And Jazz: Charlie Parker's 'Lightning'-Fast Rise

Charlie Parker, shown here in an undated photo, was a legendary jazz saxophonist.
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Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 7:53 am

Harlem's Savoy Ballroom, early 1942. The Jay McShann Orchestra from Kansas City, Mo., has the stage, and Charlie "Bird" Parker picks up his alto saxophone:

"The rhythm section had him by the tail, but there was no holding or cornering Bird. Disappearing acts were his specialty. Just when you thought you had him, he'd move, coming up with another idea, one that was as bold as red paint on a white sheet."

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7:00 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

September 23, 2013 Shelf Discovery: Hiss and Hers

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin investigates crime in the Cotswolds with M. C. Beaton’s Hiss and Hers.

Title: Hiss and Hers

Author: M. C. Beaton

Pages: 294

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks        

ISBN: 978-1250021618

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3:57 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Political Violence, Uneasy Silence Echo In Lahiri's 'Lowland'

Pulitzer Prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri is the author of The Namesake and Interpreter of Maladies.
Marco Delogu Courtesy of Knopf

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 2:02 pm

Earlier this month, Jhumpa Lahiri rejected the idea of immigrant fiction. "I don't know what to make of the term," she told The New York Times. "All American fiction could be classified as immigrant fiction."

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1:09 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Yasmin Thayná: 'I Always Wanted To Make Literature With My Hair'

Brazilian writer Yasmin Thayná, 20, participated in a local program aimed at cultivating artistic talent in low-income communities.
Courtesy of Yasmin Thayná

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 7:07 pm

While NPR's Melissa Block is in Brazil, we'll be showcasing the work of several Brazilian writers. On Tuesday we heard Tatiana Salem Levy's love letter to Rio. Now we turn to 20-year-old Yasmin Thayná, who discovered her love for writing as a teenager when she participated in a local program aimed at cultivating artistic talent in low-income communities.

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1:08 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Book News: North Carolina County Bans 'Invisible Man'

Novelist Ralph Ellison, seen in Feb. 15, 1964.
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Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 9:24 am

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11:23 am
Wed September 18, 2013

How Slavery Shaped America's Oldest And Most Elite Colleges

An early flier for an event at King's College --” which would later become Columbia University — included an advertisement for a slave auction.
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 8:45 pm

A few years ago, Brown University commissioned a study of its own historical connection to the Atlantic slave trade. The report found that the Brown family — the wealthy Rhode Island merchants for whom the university was named — were "not major slave traders, but they were not strangers to the business either."

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12:02 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Book News: Fight Over Philosopher Ends With Gunfire In Russia

An artist's rendering of German philosopher Immanuel Kant.
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Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 9:47 am

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7:00 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

September 16, 2013 Shelf Discovery: Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin rehashes an old relationship with the audio version of Beth Harbison’s Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger.

Title: Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger

Author: Beth Harbison      

CDs: 7 (9 hours)

Publisher: Macmillan Audio        

ISBN: 978-1427230843

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5:15 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

National Book Awards Look To Raise Profile ... And It's Not The First Time

The 2013 National Book Award long list for Young People's Literature was announced Monday. Click here to see the full list.
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Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 2:19 pm

You may be hearing a lot about the National Book Awards this week — at least that's what the National Book Foundation hopes. That's because they've made some changes to the awards that they hope will get more people talking about them. Over four days starting Monday, they will roll out their nominees in four different categories — beginning with Young People's Literature and ending Thursday with Fiction.

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10:06 am
Mon September 16, 2013

New Memoir Recounts Black Lives 'Reaped' Too Young

Jesmyn Ward won the National Book Award in 2011 for her novel, Salvage the Bones.
Tony Cook Courtesy of Bloomsbury USA

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 8:50 am

The writer Jesmyn Ward lost her brother in a car accident, and she was never the same — but her grief would broaden and her losses compound. First one friend died, then another and another — all young black men, and all of them dead before the age of 30.

In her wrenching new memoir, Men We Reaped, Ward takes us to her hometown of DeLisle, on Mississippi's Gulf Coast. It's a place ravaged by poverty, drugs and routine violence. But even so, the place — and the memory of those she has lost — keeps pulling Ward back.

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