Novelist Louise Erdrich examines what happens when crimes are committed on Native American reservations, a decidedly non-fictional problem, through the eyes of her fictional protagonist, a 13-year-old boy named Joe. Jeff Brown talks to Erdrich about her novel "The Round House," set on the N.D. reservation of the Ojibwe tribe. Continue reading
Walter Dean Myers is the award-winning author of over 100 books, written especially for young adults and children. His goal: to get more children reading. Jeffrey Brown reports on how reading and writing saved helped Myers as a child and his current role as Library Of Congress’ National Ambassador For Young People’s Literature. Continue reading
Ray Bradbury, author of classic books such as “Fahrenheit 451″ and “The Martian Chronicles,” died Tuesday night at the age of 91. Jeffrey Brown and bestselling novelist Lev Grossman, who is also a book critic for Time magazine, discuss Bradbury’s life, work and literary legacy. Continue reading
For the first time since 1977, no Pulitzer Prize for fiction was awarded this year when none of the three finalists won a majority of a jury’s vote. Best-selling authors Ann Patchett and Lev Grossman speak with Jeffrey Brown about the integrity of the judging process and the Pulitzers’ power as a sales tool for booksellers. Continue reading
Jeffrey Brown talks with book critic Ron Charles of The Washington Post about the best works of fiction in 2011 and the shape of the industry. Continue reading
What if a jury selected a design for the new 9/11 memorial and then discovered that its architect was a Muslim? A new novel, “The Submission,” by Amy Waldman, explores that imagined scenario. Jeffrey Brown and the author discuss her debut novel. Continue reading
In her first novel, Tea Obreht mixes realism and fantasy in a larger-than-life story about her native Balkans. Jeffrey Brown sits down with the author to discuss her debut book, “The Tiger’s Wife.” Continue reading
Known for her poetry and her rock ‘n’ roll, music legend Patti Smith has now been honored for her prose with a National Book Award, given out Wednesday night in New York.