Lynn Neary http://news.stlpublicradio.org en What Wakes B.J. Novak Up In The Middle Of The Night? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/what-wakes-bj-novak-middle-night Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>When we talk about a triple threat we're often talking about a versatile athlete. Think about a basketball player who can score, defend, and rebound. In show biz, B. J. Novak may be that triple threat. He can do standup, act, and write successfully in all cases. He got his start doing standup comedy. That led to a job on the hit comedy series "The Office" where he had a regular part and was one of the writers.<p>And now he's put his writing talent to work on one more thing. Literally. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:04:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 33378 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Annual Awards For Children's Books Are Out http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/annual-awards-childrens-books-are-out Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>OK, the Grammy Awards are behind us. The Oscars are around the corner. And now, we have another award that also gets a lot of attention this time of year, from people who love kids' books.<p>The American Library Association has announced this year's Caldecott and Newbery Award winners. NPR's Lynn Neary reports.<p>LYNN NEARY, BYLINE: Kate DiCamillo should be used to accolades by now. She was nominated last year for a National Book Award, and the Library of Congress named her the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:58:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 33301 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In An Age Of Slavery, Two Women Fight For Their 'Wings' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/age-slavery-two-women-fight-their-wings Sue Monk Kidd's new novel is a story told by two women whose lives are wrapped together — beginning, against their wills, when they're young girls. One is a slave; the other, her reluctant owner. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 23:53:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 32871 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In An Age Of Slavery, Two Women Fight For Their 'Wings' Don't Call It Fanfic: Writers Rework Their Favorite Stories http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/dont-call-it-fanfic-writers-rework-their-favorite-stories When writers finish a book, they may think they've had the last word. But sometimes another writer will decide there's more to the story. The madwoman Bertha from <em>Jane Eyre</em> and the father in <em>Little Women</em> are just two examples of secondary characters who have been given a fuller life in a new work of fiction based on a classic novel.<p>Many writers are attracted to the world of Jane Austen. Jo Baker is a big fan of <em>Pride and Prejudice</em>, but there was something about the book that bothered her: the servants. Sat, 07 Dec 2013 13:05:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 32049 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Panorama Of Devastation: Drawing Of WWI Battle Spans 24 Feet http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/panorama-devastation-drawing-wwi-battle-spans-24-feet Joe Sacco is a cartoonist, graphic novelist and journalist; he's best-known for his dispatches from today's regions of conflict, like the Middle East and Bosnia, in cartoon form. But for his latest book, <em>The Great War</em>, Sacco turns his eye on history. He's recreated of one of the worst battles of World War I, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, from its hopeful beginning to its brutal end.<p>The book is unconventional in form — it folds out to form a 24-foot-long panorama. Sun, 10 Nov 2013 21:53:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 31323 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Panorama Of Devastation: Drawing Of WWI Battle Spans 24 Feet Brick-And-Mortar Bookstores Play The Print Card Against Amazon http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/brick-and-mortar-bookstores-try-revenge-against-amazon When it comes to book publishing, all we ever seem to hear about is online sales, the growth of e-books and the latest version of a digital book reader. But the fact is, only 20 percent of the book market is e-books; it's still dominated by print. And a recent standoff in the book business shows how good old-fashioned, brick-and-mortar bookstores are still trying to wield their influence in the industry. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 09:48:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 31032 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Brick-And-Mortar Bookstores Play The Print Card Against Amazon 'A Time To' Revisit Clanton, Miss., In John Grisham's Latest http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/time-revisit-clanton-miss-john-grishams-latest In his new novel, <em>Sycamore Row</em>, John Grisham returns to a character close to his heart: Jake Brigance. Grisham introduced Jake to readers in his first novel, <em>A Time to Kill</em> — an adaptation of which is opening soon on Broadway.<p>Grisham insists that he didn't plan for his first new Jake Brigance book to come out at the same time as the play. "You know it makes us look real smart," he says. "There is no way, if we had planned, that it would ever happen. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 07:21:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 30757 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'A Time To' Revisit Clanton, Miss., In John Grisham's Latest Political Violence, Uneasy Silence Echo In Lahiri's 'Lowland' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/political-violence-uneasy-silence-echo-lahiris-lowland Earlier this month, Jhumpa Lahiri rejected the idea of immigrant fiction. "I don't know what to make of the term," she <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/08/books/review/jhumpa-lahiri-by-the-book.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0">told</a> <em>The New York Times</em>. "All American fiction could be classified as immigrant fiction."<p>Nevertheless, among readers, Lahiri is best-known for her novels and short stories about the immigrant experience. She was born in England and raised in America by parents who emigrated from India. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 07:57:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 30096 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Political Violence, Uneasy Silence Echo In Lahiri's 'Lowland' National Book Awards Look To Raise Profile ... And It's Not The First Time http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/national-book-awards-look-raise-profile-and-its-not-first-time 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 <a href="http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2013.html#.UjdoS9KYP5w">Young People's Literature</a> and ending Thursday with Fiction.<p>It isn't the first time the National Book Awards have tried to raise their profile. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 21:15:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 29951 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org National Book Awards Look To Raise Profile ... And It's Not The First Time 'Winter's Bone' Author Revisits A Tragedy In His Ozarks Hometown http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/winters-bone-author-revisits-tragedy-his-ozarks-hometown The Ozarks mountain town of West Plains, Mo., is the kind of town where a person can stand in his front yard and have a comfortable view of his past.<p>"My mom was actually born about 150 or 200 feet that way, and my grandfather's house is I guess 200 yards that way," says Daniel Woodrell, author of <em>Winter's Bone,</em> and most recently, <em>The Maid's Version</em>.<p>Woodrell's family — on both sides — goes back a long way in West Plains. His father moved away, but Woodrell used to visit his grandparents here when he was a kid. Thu, 05 Sep 2013 07:25:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 29656 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'Winter's Bone' Author Revisits A Tragedy In His Ozarks Hometown