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Book News: The Future Of The Public Library May Lie In The Coffee Shop 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:42:00 -0500 
    A long-awaited review of public libraries in the U.K. calls for them to expand digital services and offer a "retail-standard environment" akin to coffee shops.


Author Of 'Clifford' Children's Books Dies At 86 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:11:57 -0500 
    The creator of Clifford The Big, Red Dog died last Friday . Norman Bridwell wrote about 150 Clifford books that were translated into 13 languages and sold nearly 130 million copies.


Between World Wars, Gay Culture Flourished In Berlin 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:12:00 -0500 
    In Gay Berlin, Robert Beachy describes the rise of a gay subculture in the 1920s and '30s, how it contributed to our understanding of gay identity and how it was eradicated by the Nazis.


Book News: Sci-Fi Writer Signs On As 'Chief Futurist' For Secretive Startup 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:53:00 -0500 
    Neal Stephenson, author of Snow Crash, said he'll be assuming the role at the augmented reality company Magic Leap, which recently landed $542 million in investments from Google and other tech giants.


25 Years Ago, 'Darkness Visible' Broke Ground Detailing Depression 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:04:00 -0500 
    Renee Montagne talks to writer Andrew Solomon, who has chronicled his own battle with depression, about how William Styron's work opened up discussions of mental illness.


'Clifford The Big Red Dog' Creator Bridwell Dies At 86 
  Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:28:00 -0500 
    More than 50 years after he came up with a story about a huge dog, author Norman Bridwell has died. In 2012, Bridwell told NPR he had been shocked when his idea was accepted for publication.


Marvel At 75: Still Slinging Webs And Guarding Galaxies 
  Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:19:00 -0500 
    What became Marvel Comics got its start in 1939 as Timely Publications. It went through many changes — but one constant has been writer Stanley Lieber, better known as Stan Lee.


Early On, Comedian John Cleese Says, He Had Good Timing But Little Else 
  Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:04:00 -0500 
    The co-founder of the Monty Python troupe admits he wasn't "naturally gifted" at physical comedy, and learned a lot by imitation. His new memoir, So, Anyway..., covers his boyhood and early career.


Book News: James Patterson Makes Good On $1M Promise To Indies 
  Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:26:00 -0500 
    With a final $437,000 push, his plan to donate $1 million of his own money to support independent booksellers is complete. Also: Judy Blume is set to publish her first adult novel in 15 years.


Murakami's 'Library' Is Dark, Creamy And Grainy At The Same Time 
  Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:46:58 -0500 
    Alan Cheuse reviews "The Strange Library" by Haruki Murakami.


Sometimes You Can't Pick Just 10: Maureen Corrigan's Favorite Books Of 2014 
  Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:00:00 -0500 
    This year, Fresh Air's book critic rejects the tyranny of the decimal system and picks 12 titles published in 2014 — all with characters, scenes and voices that linger long past the last page.


Book News: Apple Enters A New Round In E-Book Price-Fixing Fight 
  Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:48:00 -0500 
    Apple goes before an appeals court in a battle expected to help clarify the legal line between business agreements and outright collusion. Also: Hilary Mantel denounces her critics' "froth and bile."


'El Deafo': How A Girl Turned Her Disability Into A Superpower 
  Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18:09:00 -0500 
    Navigating elementary school is already hard enough — try adding in a bulky metal hearing aid. Cece Bell's new young adult graphic memoir captures the experience in a poignant and humorous way.


This Weekend, Pick Up The Pieces With 'Gabi' 
  Sun, 14 Dec 2014 05:41:00 -0500 
    In our Weekend Reads series, NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Meg Medina about Isabel Quintero's novel, Gabi, a Girl in Pieces. It's the story of a Mexican-American teenager struggling with her identity.


The Ethics Of Torture, Explored In A Painful Fable 
  Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:17:00 -0500 
    This week, the Senate released a report that details the interrogation techniques used by the CIA after Sept. 11. Author Laila Lalami grapples with the questions it raises by turning to literature.
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