Lynn Neary

Lynn Neary is an NPR arts correspondent and a frequent guest host often heard on Morning Edition and Weekend Edition.

In her role on the Arts desk, Neary reports on an industry in transition as publishing moves into the digital age. As she covers books and publishing, she relishes the opportunity to interview many of her favorite authors from Barbara Kingsolver to Ian McEwan.

Arriving at NPR in 1982, Neary spent two years working as a newscaster during Morning Edition. Then, for the next eight years, Neary was the host of Weekend All Things Considered. In 1992, she joined the cultural desk to develop NPR's first religion beat. As religion correspondent, Neary covered the country's diverse religious landscape and the politics of the religious right.

Over the years Neary has won numerous prestigious awards including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism award, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Gold Award, an Ohio State Award, an Association of Women in Radio and Television Award and the Gabriel award. For her reporting on the role of religion in the debate over welfare reform, Neary shared in NPR's 1996 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton Award.

A Fordham University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Neary thinks she has the ideal job and suspects she is the envy of English majors everywhere.

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3:31am

Wed December 31, 2014
Book News & Features

Vocab Tech For Toddlers Encourages 'Anytime, Anywhere Learning'

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 11:54 am

The Sesame Workshop app called Big Bird's Words helps children not only learn new vocabulary, but also understand the interconnectedness between words.
Sesame Workshop

When the children's television show Sesame Street first hit the air in 1969, many were deeply skeptical that you could use TV to introduce very young children to the basics of reading and math. But the experiment proved to be a remarkable success; Sesame Street has reached several generations of toddlers with its combination of educational content and pure entertainment. And now, Sesame Workshop is using new technology to reach the next generation.

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3:59am

Tue December 30, 2014
Book News & Features

Talk, Sing, Read, Write, Play: How Libraries Reach Kids Before They Can Read

Originally published on Tue December 30, 2014 12:17 pm

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Literacy begins at home — there are a number of simple things parents can do with their young children to help them get ready to read. But parents can't do it all alone, and that's where community services, especially libraries, come in.

On a recent morning, parents and children gathered in the "Play and Learn" center in the Mount Airy Library in Carroll County, Md. Jenny Busbey and her daughter Layla were using the puppet theater to go on an imaginary adventure. There are play-and-learn centers in all of the Carroll County libraries.

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5:06am

Mon December 29, 2014
Book News & Features

Nonprofit Fights Illiteracy By Getting Books To Kids Who Need Them

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 4:41 pm

First Book President and CEO Kyle Zimmer reads to children during a book distribution event.
Courtesy of First Book

When it comes to learning to read, educators agree: the younger, the better. Children can be exposed to books even before they can talk, but for that a family has to have books, which isn't always the case.

There are neighborhoods in this country with plenty of books; and then there are neighborhoods where books are harder to find. Almost 15 years ago, Susan Neuman, now a professor at New York University, focused on that discrepancy, in a study that looked at just how many books were available in Philadelphia's low-income neighborhoods. The results were startling.

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1:10pm

Thu December 18, 2014
The Salt

Tourtiere: A French-Canadian Twist On Christmas Pie

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 4:21 pm

Tourtiere is a savory, spiced meat pie, which both French- and English-speaking Canadians love to serve around the holidays.
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A version of this story was originally published on Dec. 23, 2011.

If you happen to spend Christmas Eve in Canada — especially Quebec — you might be lucky enough to be invited to a festive dinner after midnight Mass. The feast is an old tradition from France called reveillon, and it's something to look forward to after a long day of fasting.

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6:34pm

Mon November 24, 2014
Book News & Features

Long-Lost Letter That Inspired 'On The Road' Style Has Been Found

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 10:15 am

A stream of consciousness letter Neal Cassady wrote to Jack Kerouac helped inspire the style of On The Road. The original manuscript of the first draft of Jack Kerouac's best-seller is shown above.
Darron Cummings AP

When Jack Kerouac's On the Road was first published in 1957 no one had ever seen anything quite like it. As it turns out, that stream of consciousness style that Kerouac made famous owes a huge debt to a letter written by his friend Neal Cassady. Among Kerouac scholars and fans it became known as the "Joan Anderson letter." It was missing for 65 years, but it has been found and will be auctioned next month.

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4:30pm

Thu November 13, 2014
Book News & Features

Amazon, Hachette Reach Agreement Over E-Book Prices

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 10:31 am

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2:59pm

Mon November 3, 2014
Remembrances

Tom Magliozzi, Popular Co-Host Of NPR's 'Car Talk,' Dies At 77

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 6:23 pm

Tom Magliozzi's laugh boomed in NPR listeners' ears every week as he and his brother, Ray, bantered on Car Talk.
Courtesy of Car Talk

Tom Magliozzi, one of public radio's most popular personalities, died on Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 77 years old.

Tom and his brother, Ray, became famous as "Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers" on the weekly NPR show Car Talk. They bantered, told jokes, laughed and sometimes even gave pretty good advice to listeners who called in with their car troubles.

If there was one thing that defined Tom Magliozzi, it was his laugh. It was loud, it was constant, it was infectious.

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4:51pm

Tue October 21, 2014
Book News & Features

Amazon Deal With Simon & Schuster Raises Questions For Other Publishers

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 7:01 am

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3:15am

Wed October 8, 2014
Author Interviews

In 'Lila,' A Nomad Finds Solace And Love In The Arms Of A Preacher

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 12:22 pm

Marilynne Robinson won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her novel Gilead.
Kelly Ruth Winter Farrar, Straus and Giroux

When Marilynne Robinson finished writing her first novel, Housekeeping, she felt like she still had more to say about the characters. She says, "I just decided that I would outlive the impulse, you know. But then, after I finished [her second novel] Gilead, I had the same feeling that the characters were still with me and that there was much more that I knew about them than I had ever articulated to myself. And so I thought, 'Well, let's see what's here.' And two more books have come from that."

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7:57am

Sun October 5, 2014
Book News & Features

For Her First Trilogy, Jane Smiley Returns To Iowa, 'Where The Roots Are'

Originally published on Sun October 5, 2014 1:51 pm

Jane Smiley's previous books include The Man Who Invented the ComputerTen Days in the Hills and Private Life.
Michael Lionstar Couresty of Knopf

Author Jane Smiley has a fondness for dogs. She has a couple at her home in Carmel Valley, Calif., where she lives with her husband. One of those dogs, Fallon, has a special talent: He likes to sing. And Smiley likes to accompany him on a banjo she bought back in 1972 when she was living in Iowa.

Smiley spent 24 years in Iowa. She's been gone for a long time now, but something about the place still seems to pull on her imagination.

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