Picture books are usually kid-oriented, but two expletive-laden tales, written like traditional bedtime stories, are parents-only hits. “You Have To F**king Eat” and “Go The F**k To Sleep” have become best-sellers, with audiobooks voiced by Samuel L. Jackson and Bryan Cranston — two actors well-versed in the art of swearing. Jeffrey Brown interviews author Adam Mansbach. Continue reading
You’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but browsing the stacks of your local bookstore or public library, what makes you gravitate toward one one text over another? It could be the work of designers like Peter Mendelsund, whose new book “Cover” was released earlier this month.
Best-selling author Tom Clancy has died in Baltimore at the age of 66. His espionage novels ushered in a new genre of military thrillers and spawned successful films. What made Clancy’s books so popular? Gwen Ifill talks to NPR book commentator Alan Cheuse about the late author’s characters and strong imagination. Continue reading
The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to celebrated Chinese writer Mo Yan, whose books include "Red Sorghum" and "The Garlic Ballads." Some more politically outspoken Chinese dissidents and intellectuals were critical of the choice, but the Nobel committee was quick to say the prize was awarded solely on literary merit. Continue reading
Jeffrey Brown talks to Charles Laughlin of the University of Virginia and Xiao Qiang at the University of California, Berkeley about prolific writer and Nobel Laureate Mo Yan, whose detractors cite a cozy relationship with Chinese state media and a savviness about staying away from topics sensitive to the Communist government. Continue reading
“The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest,” the third novel in Stieg Larsson’s bestselling “Millennium” trilogy, hit U.S. bookstores Tuesday. The crime novels, published originally in Sweden, center around investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander, a tattooed and pierced computer hacker with a photographic memory.
A survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that young adults aged 18 to 30 frequent public libraries more regularly than older people, despite the advance of personal computers and the Internet. Guest essayist Julia Keller of the Chicago Tribune reflects on the road ahead for public libraries in the modern era. Continue reading