In “Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen,” Mary Norris recounts a life of grammatical grief and glory as a copy editor for The New Yorker. Norris joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the magazine’s style standards, and whether she’s worried about language and literature in the age of spell check and autocorrect. Continue reading
On Monday, 30 finalists were named for the National Book Critics Circle awards. The NewsHour has talked to many of the authors whose works are being considered, including Roz Chast, Hector Tobar, Thomas Piketty and Claudia Rankine. Continue reading
Here’s a story that isn’t dominating the headlines, but deserves a close look: Three African authors are nominated for a relatively new fiction literature prize, and the finalist will walk away with £15,000 and a continental book tour. The Etisalat Prize for Literature is funded by Dubai-based Etisalat, a prominent telecom company in Africa, with the goal of “improving literacy in the African continent.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder is known for the “Little House” series, based her family’s journey across the American plains. But until now, Wilder’s autobiography, “Pioneer Girl,” has never been published. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Pamela Smith Hill, author of “Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life,” on the details Wilder saved for her more mature account. Continue reading
In September, writers and readers gathered at Storymoja, an annual literary festival in Africa. A celebration of books and ideas, it was also a time to remember Ghanaian poet Kofi Awooner, one of the 67 victims of the Westgate shopping mall attack in Nairobi one year ago. Jeffrey Brown reports on new voices of African literature and the future of literacy in Kenya. Continue reading
Lev Grossman’s bestselling series “The Magicians” proves that fantasy literature isn’t only for kids, having captured a new generation of readers with new worlds and mature, complicated characters. Grossman joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss his work and why the genre is growing in popularity. Continue reading
Young adult literature has become a booming business and one of the fastest growing book categories for publishers in recent years, with more than 715 million books sold in 2013 — mostly to adults. NewsHour Weekend’s Tracy Wholf reports.
In author Eugene Rogan’s forthcoming book, The Fall of the Ottomans, Rogan writes about a small and relatively unknown prisoner-of-war camp called Halbmondlager, or ‘Half Moon Camp’ that was specifically designed for Muslim captives. Continue reading