Lynn Neary http://wvasfm.org en Travel Disasters Bring Out The Best, The Worst ... And The Cannibalism http://wvasfm.org/post/travel-disasters-bring-out-best-worst-and-cannibalism Author Sarah Lotz is terrified of flying, so naturally every time she gets on a plane she imagines the worst. "I imagine how it's going to smell if things start burning," she says. "I imagine the <em>thunk</em> of luggage falling out of the compartments at the top. ... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:29:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 51423 at http://wvasfm.org Travel Disasters Bring Out The Best, The Worst ... And The Cannibalism Writer Nadine Gordimer Captured Apartheid's Contradictions http://wvasfm.org/post/writer-nadine-gordimer-captured-apartheids-contradictions South African writer Nadine Gordimer, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1991, died Sunday at the age of 90. Gordimer merged the personal and political to create a compelling portrait of the injustice of life under apartheid.<p>She was born in 1923 to a mother whose family came to South Africa from Britain and a Jewish father who had lived under oppression in his native Lithuania. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:24:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 51416 at http://wvasfm.org Writer Nadine Gordimer Captured Apartheid's Contradictions In Dispute With Hachette, Amazon Aims New Volley At Authors http://wvasfm.org/post/dispute-hachette-amazone-aims-new-volley-authors Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. A fight between Amazon and the publishing company Hachette is getting nastier. Amazon suggested that while talks between the two companies continue, Hachette authors could get 100 percent of the sale price of their e-books. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 51133 at http://wvasfm.org Authors Take Opposite Sides On Hachette, Amazon Spat http://wvasfm.org/post/authors-take-opposite-sides-hachette-amazon-spat You might think that all writers would be of the same mind about the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/05/23/315279264/why-some-books-youre-looking-to-buy-on-amazon-arent-there">dispute between Amazon and Hachette Publishing Company</a> over the price of ebooks. Think again. This week two different sets of authors sent open letters to their "readers" urging them to take one side or the other in the ongoing controversy.<p>It all began when the publisher and Amazon were unable to reach an agreement on ebook prices. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 22:34:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 50858 at http://wvasfm.org Authors Take Opposite Sides On Hachette, Amazon Spat Almost Intermediate: Adults Learn Lessons In 'Late Starters Orchestra' http://wvasfm.org/post/almost-intermediate-adults-learn-lessons-late-starters-orchestra Transcript <p>LYNN NEARY, HOST: <p>By our measure, Ari Goldman is a successful man. A former New York Times reporter turned college professor, he is deeply religious and a happily married husband and father. But for all of that, there was something missing in his life. Goldman yearned to play a musical instrument.<p>ARI GOLDMAN: The cello is sort of the music of my soul. It's the instrument that speaks most directly to me. I never thought that I would be able to play a cello.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF CELLO)<p>NEARY: Now, Goldman does play. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 50158 at http://wvasfm.org How Rhythm Carries A Poem, From Head To Heart http://wvasfm.org/post/how-rhythm-carries-poem-head-heart <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLWlB3ib7ZM</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:33:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 50054 at http://wvasfm.org How Rhythm Carries A Poem, From Head To Heart From 'The Magic Tree House,' Kids Branch Out To Chapter Books http://wvasfm.org/post/magic-tree-house-kids-branch-out-chapter-books When Mary Pope Osborne wrote the first set of stories in the <em>Magic Tree House</em> series in 1992, she had a contract for four books, and she figured that would be it. But then she began getting letters from teachers, parents and kids.<p>"Those letters are priceless," she says. "I've memorized so many of them, like: 'Dear Mrs. Osborne, Your books almost made me smart!' or 'Dear Mrs. Osborne, I'm working on my own novel. ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 49902 at http://wvasfm.org From 'The Magic Tree House,' Kids Branch Out To Chapter Books Court OKs Universities' Quest To Turn To More Digital Copies Of Books http://wvasfm.org/post/court-oks-universities-quest-turn-more-digital-copies-books A U.S. appeals court has ruled against a group of authors, deciding in favor of a consortium of universities in a case that hinged on copyright law and provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The universities had allowed Google to make digital copies of more than 10 million books so that they could be searchable by specific terms. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 49509 at http://wvasfm.org Amazon's Pricing Dispute Sets Book Expo Buzzing http://wvasfm.org/post/amazons-pricing-dispute-sets-book-expo-buzzing The dispute between retail giant Amazon and publisher Hachette was big news at Book Expo America. Writers, publishers and agents are wondering what the rift could mean for the future of books. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 49095 at http://wvasfm.org Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86 http://wvasfm.org/post/maya-angelou-poet-activist-and-singular-storyteller-dies-86 Poet, performer and political activist Maya Angelou has died after a long illness at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86. Born in St. Louis in 1928, Angelou grew up in a segregated society that she worked to change during the civil rights era. Angelou, who refused to speak for much of her childhood, revealed the scars of her past in <em>I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings</em>, the first of a series of memoirs.<p>Growing up in St. Louis, Mo., and Stamps, Ark., she was Marguerite Johnson. It was her brother who first called her Maya, and the name stuck. Wed, 28 May 2014 14:06:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 48786 at http://wvasfm.org Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86