Arts

4:44pm

Mon September 16, 2013
Books News & Features

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

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 2:19 pm

The 2013 National Book Award long list for Young People's Literature was announced Monday. Click here to see the full list.
nationalbook.org

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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1:38pm

Mon September 16, 2013
Author Interviews

Barnard President: Today's 'Wonder Women' Must Reframe Feminism

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 4:06 pm

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There was a time when Debora Spar was used to being the only woman in the room. As a professor at Harvard Business School, she was surrounded by what she describes as "alpha men of the academic sort — men with big egos and big attitudes and an awful lot of testosterone."

Then, in 2008, she found herself in the opposite situation: She became the president of Barnard College, the women's college affiliated with Columbia University, where "there was barely a male in sight."

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1:20pm

Mon September 16, 2013
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: The Steak, Egg & Cheese McMuffin

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 2:41 pm

"Artist's" rendering.
NPR

For the first two millennia of McDonald's Breakfast Menu, very little changed, but the past several months have brought startling reforms. The company introduced the Egg White Delight McMuffin, which has 50 fewer calories and one fewer yellow spot than the regular McMuffin. They stopped slapping you in the face when you try to order the Fruit 'N Yogurt Parfait. And now, they bring us the Steak, Egg & Cheese McMuffin.

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1:16pm

Mon September 16, 2013
Book Reviews

Introducing 'Miss Anne,' The White Women Of A Black Renaissance

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 12:16 pm

Ten years ago, literary scholar Carla Kaplan released an acclaimed edition of the letters of Zora Neale Hurston. In the course of researching Hurston's life, Kaplan became curious about the white women who were in Harlem in the same period as Hurston, women who risked family exile and social ostracism to be part of the artistic and political movements of the Harlem Renaissance. Now, Kaplan has published a cultural history of those women called Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance.

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11:37am

Mon September 16, 2013
New In Paperback

Sept. 16-22: Murder, Music And Lincoln's Trusted Rival

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 2:15 pm

President Lincoln appointed William Henry Seward secretary of state in 1861. He served until 1869.
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* Some of the language in the summaries above has been provided by publishers.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

7:21am

Mon September 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Man Booker Prize To Be Opened To Americans

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 8:11 am

British authors such as Hilary Mantel will soon have some competition from across the pond, according to organizers of the Man Booker Prize.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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4:59pm

Sun September 15, 2013
Around the Nation

Writing Noir Poetry, With LA As A Backdrop

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 2:31 pm

Transcript

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

This is WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden. Coming up, a talk with the new host of this program, Arun Rath.

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4:59pm

Sun September 15, 2013
Movies

Picking And Choosing At The Toronto Film Festival

Originally published on Sun September 15, 2013 7:08 pm

More than 300 films screened this past week at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Audience Choice Award went to 12 Years A Slave, directed by Steve McQueen. Host Jacki Lyden talks with NPR's Linda Holmes and Bob Mondello about what was hot and what was not.

7:51am

Sun September 15, 2013
Arts & Life

Traveling By Cargo, With Lots Of Reading Time

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

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

WEEKEND EDITION's travel segment Winging It aims to bring you advice and ideas about different ways to spend your free time and profiles of people embarking of adventures of all kinds. A few months, ago we introduced you to Rebecca Hall. When we spoke with her, Hall was getting ready to set out on an unusual journey - traveling from Greece to Hong Kong on a cargo ship.

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7:51am

Sun September 15, 2013
Author Interviews

New Memoir Recounts Black Lives 'Reaped' Too Young

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

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

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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