George Saunders won the 2014 Story Prize.
NPR spoke with Lynne Sharon Schwartz about her 1960s recordings of great American authors reading their own work.
The five 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalists were announced.
The New York Times posted a video of Wes Anderson narrating a scene from "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland, author of the National Book Award-winning How We Die, died of prostate cancer.
Andy Weir's The Martian opens - where else? - on Mars, with astronaut Mark Watney regaining consciousness in the aftermath of a dust storm to find that he has been left for dead by the rest of the Ares 3 crew. With no means of communication with the departed ship or NASA, Watney must find a way to survive until the arrival of Ares 4, four years hence.
Ryan Holmberg's "10-Cent Manga" series aims to publish forgotten historical classics in the medium and pair them with well-researched essays to give readers a deeper understanding of their significance and context. Revered as one of the first instances of long-form story manga, Osamu Tezuka's radiant The Mysterious Underground Men (1948) is presented in here glorious full-color facsimile.
When her parents are attacked and killed by a bear on a camping trip, 5-year-old Anna and her younger brother are left to fend for themselves in the wild. Told in young Anna's voice, The Bear is a haunting tale of hope and grief.
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In a sustained discussion of attention and inattention, Alexandra Horowitz takes her readers on 11 walks each with a different companion who, by nature of their professional specialties or particular vantage points, view their surroundings in unique ways and are able to open Horowitz's eyes to these observations.
Peter Els, the avant-grade composer and protagonist of Orfeo dreams of a new scale, one yet uncharted but relevant to every human life around him. At the age of seventy, Els attempts to revisit the world of science that he had once abandoned in undergrad in the name of pursuing music. With a few clicks on the Internet, he builds himself a home laboratory and begins to tinker with DNA samples in an effort to merge his two fields of expertise into a new, experimental arrangement.
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Presented as a series of transcriptions of recorded testimonials, Jesse Ball's Silence Once Begun tells the story of Oda Sotatsu's wrongful incarceration and subsequent vow of silence. Underneath it's Kafkaesque plot, Silence Once Begun makes powerful statements about narration, oration, and the noisy space between fact and fiction.
Cassandra King's Moonrise takes its inspiration from Daphne du Maurier's classic gothic romance, Rebecca. King's novel is a suspenseful read that will curl your toes and bring the occasional shiver as you eagerly anticipate what awaits around each turn.
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In The Pure Gold Baby, we meet Anna, a young girl with nebulous special needs, daughter to a single mother in London in 1960s. As both Anna and her mother age and mature, the author considers big issues such as guilt and responsibility.
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Last week, TODAY aired the first trailer for the Hollywood adaptation of John Green's 2012 bestseller, The Fault in Our Stars, which might have continued to escape my attention had it not been for my teen daughter, who after consuming the novel in a single reading insisted that I do the same.