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Writing The Wicked Ways Of The 'Worst. Person. Ever.' 
  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:07:00 -0400 
    Raymond Gunt is profane, rude, heartless and truly the Worst. Person. Ever. Author Douglas Coupland says he's not exactly sure how the character, with no redeeming qualities, came into his mind.


How A Music Writer Learned Trust Is The Ultimate Backstage Pass 
  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:12:55 -0400 
    Lisa Robinson knows how to talk — and how to make others, especially musicians, want to talk. The veteran rock journalist speaks with NPR's Wade Goodwyn about her four decades behind the scenes.


For Chris O'Dowd, 'Of Mice And Men' Is More Than An American Story 
  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 05:20:09 -0400 
    "All of us have chased the American dream so there's something very universal about it," the Irish actor says. O'Dowd and James Franco star in a new Broadway production of Steinbeck's novella.


A Love Letter To Literature: Reading Gabo In 'The Paris Review' 
  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:27:00 -0400 
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez died Thursday. It would be hard to overstate the importance of his novels, but author Gustavo Arellano recommends getting to know him in a different medium.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of April 17, 2014 
  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:03:20 -0400 
    Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers looks at everyday life in a Mumbai slum. It appears at No. 1.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of April 17, 2014 
  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:03:20 -0400 
    At No. 5, Elizabeth Strout's The Burgess Boys follows a family fractured by tragedy.


NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of April 17, 2014 
  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:03:20 -0400 
    How Jesus Became God looks at how a Jewish preacher from Galilee was transformed into a deity. It debuts at No. 12.


NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of April 17, 2014 
  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:03:20 -0400 
    The late Peter Matthiessen's last novel, , debuts at No. 4.


NPR Bestsellers: Week Of April 17, 2014 
  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:03:20 -0400 
    The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.


Book News: The Celebrity Of Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:39:00 -0400 
    Also: Exiled Romanian poet Nina Cassian has died; the real title of Hillary Clinton's forthcoming memoir; Gary Shteyngart retires from book blurbing.


'During The Reign,' A Dissolving Family Retells Its History 
  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    Joan Chase's 1983 debut During the Reign of the Queen of Persia is a careful, layered account of a troubled family in rural 1950s Ohio, narrated by a quasi-Greek chorus of daughters and cousins.


Colombia Mourns Death Of Favorite Son: Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:09:00 -0400 
    Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 87, died on Thursday. He made Colombia synonymous with literature, particularly the dreamlike, whimsical story-telling known as magical realism.


Sen. Elizabeth Warren Writes Of A Worldview Shaped In Youth 
  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:14:00 -0400 
    In her memoir, A Fighting Chance, Warren reveals a childhood brush with bankruptcy and reflects on hard-won political lessons.


Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies 
  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:51:00 -0400 
    The master of magic realism was the region's best-known writer. His novels were filled with miraculous events and characters; love and madness; wars, dreams and death. He died Thursday at 87.


Nobel Prize-Winning Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies At 87 
  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:47:00 -0400 
    The Colombian-born author of One Hundred Years of Solitude had been in failing health for some time.
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