Author Interviews
11:39 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Art, Mystery And Posh Pigments In 'Sacre Bleu'


Novelist Christopher Moore says he isn't very good at giving elevator speeches — those quick pitches on your latest project that Hollywood screenwriters are so good at.

"[That's] one of the reasons I probably don't work in Hollywood," Moore tells NPR's Scott Simon. But if he had to give a brief rundown of his latest novel, Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art, he says, "I'd talk about it being a book about the color blue, and about solving the murder of Vincent van Gogh and the sort of mystical quality of making art. And it's funny."

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Author Interviews
10:04 am
Wed March 28, 2012

'Driving Mr. Yogi': A Diamond Of A Friendship

Yogi Berra (left) and Ron Guidry are interviewed before a spring training baseball game between the Yankees and the Washington Nationals at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., on March 16.
Kathy Willens AP

There is often a special bond between pitchers and catchers. They report for work first in spring training and share a secret language of hand signals to work their way through batters.

But the bond between this pitcher and catcher duo, each Yankee legends of different generations, began after their playing days.

When Yogi Berra, a three-time Most Valuable Player, now in his mid-80s, arrives in Tampa for spring training, he's picked up at the airport by Ron Guidry, the four-time All-Star and Cy Young Award-winning pitcher known as Louisiana Lightnin'.

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Author Interviews
9:08 am
Tue March 27, 2012

New 'Haggadah': A Sacred Text, And A Good Read

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 8:33 pm

The Haggadah tells one of the oldest stories of all time: Moses leading the ancient Israelites out of slavery in Egypt.

That tale is retold every year in Jewish homes around the world during Passover, and in particular, over the Passover meal, the Seder.

Novelists Jonathan Safran Foer and Nathan Englander have just released a new version of the ancient text, called New American Haggadah. Foer edited the volume, and Englander provided translations from the original Hebrew and Aramaic.

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Author Interviews
10:50 am
Mon March 26, 2012

The Amazing, Untrue Story Of A Sept. 11 Survivor

Tania Head had one of the most tragic and inspiring stories to come out of the Sept. 11 attacks.

She was in the south tower, on the same floor that the second plane hit. She saw horrific carnage and was handed a wedding ring by a dying man who requested that she give it to his wife. Then she was led to safety by Welles Crowther, the famous "man in the red bandanna," who lost his own life rescuing others. And finally, she woke up in a hospital burn unit six days later, only to find out that her husband had been killed in the north tower.

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Author Interviews
3:08 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Growing Up, From Utopia To Reality In 'Arcadia'

Hyperion Books

Dystopian worlds may be all the rage in fiction right now, but writer Lauren Groff is bucking that trend. She's more interested in Utopian communities, like the 1960s commune she envisions in her new novel, Arcadia.

Groff says she got the idea for Arcadia while pregnant with her first child. She fell into a depression, living in an unfamiliar town where she didn't know anyone, waiting for her first book to be published and wondering what kind of world she was bringing her child into.

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Three Books...
5:00 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Screen Time: 3 Books That Should Be Movies

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 7:09 am

J.D. Salinger famously refused to sell the film rights to The Catcher in the Rye, saying it was "unactable." It's true the subtleties of such great novels can get lost in translation. But I thought I'd take a look at three of my favorite novels that have never made it to the multiplex in wide release. Each of these will transport you to another time and another place.

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