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This Month (And Every Month), Black Sci-Fi Writers Look To The Future 
  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:03:16 -0500 
    For years, black authors stood out in science fiction and fantasy because there were so few. Now, says Alaya Dawn Johnson, though there are still obstacles, black authors are making themselves heard.


As First Black American NHL Player, Enforcer Was Defenseless Vs. Racism 
  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:41:00 -0500 
    Val James became the first American-born black player in the NHL in 1982. He ensured vicious racism, including fans throwing bananas on the ice. After 30 years in silence he is talking about it now.


'Don't Be Afraid Of The Bullets' A Memoir Of Reporting In Yemen 
  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:52:00 -0500 
    NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to journalist Laura Kasinof about her memoir on her experience reporting in Yemen during the Arab Spring called, Don't Be Afraid of the Bullets.


Remembering Bertrice Small, One Of The Original 'Avon Ladies' 
  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:51:00 -0500 
    Small, who died this week at 77, was one of a group of authors who helped transform romance in the 1970s from a relatively tame, demure genre to the bold, bawdy books that sell by the millions today.


From Naked Mole Rats To Dog Testicles: A Writer Explores The Longevity Quest 
  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:38:00 -0500 
    "Nature knows how to let animals live a very long time," says Bill Gifford, whose latest book is Spring Chicken, a look at the history of anti-aging schemes and current ways people try to live longer.


Please Fill In This Form In Triplicate Before You Read 'Utopia Of Rules' 
  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:16:00 -0500 
    In The Utopia of Rules, David Graeber argues that we live in an "age of total bureaucratization." Reviewer Tomas Hachard says in places the book is almost as serpentine as modern bureaucracy.


It's All Charm and Wolves In 'The Turnip Princess' 
  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:03:16 -0500 
    Once upon a time, a historian went hunting for fairy tales. He found hundreds, but his collection was long thought lost. But now they've been found, and several are reprinted in The Turnip Princess.


'Darker Shade' Paints A Fantasy World Rich In Depth And Color 
  Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:03:17 -0500 
    V.E. Schwab devotes a chunk of her new novel to developing a compelling vision of an alternate, magical London. But reviewer Tasha Robinson says it's the multilayered characters that make the book.


The 1970s, Warts (And More Warts) In 'Inner City Romance' 
  Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:03:15 -0500 
    Underground cartoonist Guy Colwell's dyspeptic chronicle of the 1970s captures a decade when idealism was out of style. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky says Colwell's style is uneven but at times beautiful.


After His Brother's Suicide, Writer Seeks Comfort In 'All The Wrong Places' 
  Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:27:00 -0500 
    In his new memoir, Philip Connors writes about "living in the shadow of a suicide." Wracked by guilt and haunted by what-ifs, Connors investigated his brother's death and learned a terrible secret.


'Lucky Alan' Thumbs Its Nose At Convention 
  Tue, 24 Feb 2015 07:03:15 -0500 
    Jonathan Lethem's darkly comic sensibilities are on full display in his slim new story collection, Lucky Alan. Reviewer Michael Schaub says it isn't Lethem's best — but it's still a solid read.


Family Secrets — And Mango Chutney — In 'Don't Let Him Know' 
  Tue, 24 Feb 2015 03:43:00 -0500 
    Longtime Morning Edition commentator Sandip Roy has written a new novel, propelled by family secrets, which crisscrosses back and forth between the two "Cals" in his life: California and Calcutta.


'After Birth' Author On 'Mommy Wars': 'It Doesn't Have To Be This Way' 
  Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:53:00 -0500 
    "We are pitted against each other and ultimately, then, are pitted against ourselves," says writer Elisa Albert. Her new novel is about the singular and universal experience of having a baby.


Book Review: Ross Ritchell's 'The Knife' 
  Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:53:00 -0500 
    Alan Cheuse reviews Ross Ritchell's new novel, The Knife.


Victorian Romance Meets 'House Of Cards' In 'Mr. And Mrs. Disraeli' 
  Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:08:00 -0500 
    Daisy Hay's new book is a joint biography of 19th century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli and his wife, Mary Anne, whose fortune and status as a gentile helped boost her husband's career.
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