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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5:01am

Tue March 31, 2015
Book News & Features

'Wolf Hall' On Stage And TV Means More Makeovers For Henry VIII's 'Pit Bull'

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 7:58 am

Actor Mark Rylance, seen here as Thomas Cromwell in Masterpiece's Wolf Hall, views Cromwell as a survivor who knows how to manipulate power to his advantage. "He has the mind of a chess player," Rylance says.
Giles Keyte Playground & Company Pictures for Masterpiece/BBC

Before Hilary Mantel decided to write about him, Thomas Cromwell, the man at the center of her popular award-winning novels, wasn't a heroic figure. History and popular culture mostly depicted him as a bad guy, able and willing to do the king's bidding, whether right or wrong.

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7:11am

Sat March 21, 2015
Book News & Features

'Hausfrau' Strips Down Its Modern-Day Madame Bovary

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 10:56 am

In her first novel, Hausfrau, poet Jill Alexander Essbaum has created a heroine who is not without precedent. Her name is Anna and she is, as we learn in the first sentence, "a good wife, mostly." That phrase, written with a poet's precision, contains a kernel of truth and a world of lies.

As a woman frustrated by the parameters of her own life, Essbaum's character has much in common with some literary heavyweights from the past.

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5:24pm

Mon March 9, 2015
Book News & Features

Straight To Audiobook: Authors Write Original Works Meant To Be Heard

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 10:57 am

Alexandru Petrea iStockphoto.com

In recent years while e-books were plowing their way through the publishing industry like a big noisy steam engine, audiobooks were chugging along in the background like the Little Engine That Could. These days, that sometimes overlooked segment of the book business is growing at a rapid pace and the industry is looking for new ways to catch listeners' ears.

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5:48pm

Fri February 13, 2015
Television

See What 'Saturday Night Live' Looks Like The Rest Of The Week

Originally published on Sat February 14, 2015 7:17 am

Roseanne Roseannadanna (Gilda Radner) with Jane Curtin in 1979.
Edie Baskin Taschen

When Saturday Night Live went on the air 40 years ago, few would have guessed how many of the cast members would go on to become household names. But you've probably never heard of Edie Baskin and Mary Ellen Matthews. They're the official photographers on Saturday Night Live and their combined careers have spanned the life of the show. A collection of their work has been published to coincide with this year's anniversary broadcast on Sunday.

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6:42pm

Wed February 4, 2015
Book News & Features

Harper Lee's Friend Says Author Is Hard Of Hearing, Sound Of Mind

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 7:35 am

Author Harper Lee attends a ceremony in Montgomery, Ala., in 2007.
Rob Carr AP

News that a second novel by Harper Lee will be published next July has thrilled fans of her first novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, but it has also been met with some skepticism and concern. Lee has been involved in several legal skirmishes and controversies in recent years, raising questions about whether she is being taken advantage of in her old age.

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4:06pm

Tue February 3, 2015
Book News & Features

55 Years After 'To Kill A Mockingbird', Harper Lee To Release New Novel

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 1:25 pm

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5:19pm

Mon February 2, 2015
Book News & Features

'Adventures Of Beekle' Wins Caldecott; Newbery Goes To 'The Crossover'

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 11:39 am

In Dan Santat's The Adventures of Beekle, an imaginary friend sets out to find a child who needs him.
Courtesy of Little Brown and Company Books for Young Readers

Parents on the hunt for great kids' books get some help each year when the American Library Association gives out its Youth Media Awards. On Monday, the association announced a long list of winners in a variety of categories.

The two that get the most attention are the John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children's literature and the Randolph Caldecott Medal for picture book artistry. This year's Newbery went to Kwame Alexander's The Crossover, and the Caldecott went to Dan Santat's The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend.

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5:36am

Sat January 31, 2015
Remembrances

Remembering 'Thorn Birds' Author Colleen McCullough

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 1:20 pm

Colleen McCullough at home on Australia's remote Norfolk Island in 1990 — she told an interviewer she moved there to escape her difficult family.
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Australian writer Colleen McCullough died Thursday; she was 77 years old. McCullough was best known for her novel The Thorn Birds, a huge hugely popular romance which has sold 30 million copies around the world, and has never gone out of print.

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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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