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'Not In God's Name' Confronts Religious Violence With A 'Different Voice' 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:41:00 -0400 
    NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks about his new book, Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence.

Sculptor Turns Rain, Ice And Trees Into 'Ephemeral Works' 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 13:11:00 -0400 
    British artist Andy Goldsworthy's sculptures melt and decay. "It's not about art," he says. "It's just about life, and the need to understand that a lot of things in life do not last."

Planet 'B': How A Feminist Comic Book Found Devoted Fans Through Absurdity 
  Wed, 07 Oct 2015 19:03:00 -0400 
    NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with writer Kelly Sue DeConnick about her comic, Bitch Planet, about a dystopian future where being "noncompliant" in almost any way can land women on a prison planet.

California's Growing Dunes In 'Gold Fame Citrus' Force Residents To Retreat 
  Wed, 07 Oct 2015 05:03:00 -0400 
    Steve Inskeep talks to author Claire Vaye Watkins about her new novel: Gold Fame Citrus. It's set in the American West of the not too distant future that has been completely transformed by drought.

After 10 Years Of Bella And Edward, 'Twilight Reimagined' Brings A Twist 
  Tue, 06 Oct 2015 19:09:00 -0400 
    NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with author Stephenie Meyer about the appeal of her Twilight books and her new novel, which reassigns the genders of the original characters.

Sandra Cisneros Crosses Borders And Boundaries In 'A House Of My Own' 
  Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:22:00 -0400 
    The author's new memoir collects three decades worth of her journeys in search of a sense of home. "I guess I didn't realize I was gonna be crossing borders my whole life," she says.

For Israeli-Born Chef, Hummus And 'Tehina' Are A Bridge To Home 
  Tue, 06 Oct 2015 13:48:00 -0400 
    Chef Michael Solomonov sees his mission as connecting people to the food of his homeland. "That, to me, is my life's work," he says. Solomonov's new cookbook is Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking.

A Mixtape Of Russian History In 'Love And Techno' 
  Tue, 06 Oct 2015 04:48:00 -0400 
    Anthony Marra's new book, The Tsar of Love and Techno, is a collection of stories playing out over nearly a century of change in Russia. He tells NPR he wants the book to function like a mixtape.

Grace Jones: 'I'm A Bit Split Personality' 
  Mon, 05 Oct 2015 16:47:00 -0400 
    The gender-bending musician and supermodel discusses how her past and her personality inform her new book, I'll Never Write My Memoirs.

Punk Icon Patti Smith Releases Second Memoir, 'M Train' 
  Mon, 05 Oct 2015 05:06:00 -0400 
    Singer Patti Smith's latest book is a poetic, free-flowing memoir. In 2010, her memoir Just Kids — about her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe — won a National Book Award.

From Solitary To Stardom On The Court: What It Means To Be 'Tuff' 
  Sun, 04 Oct 2015 17:30:00 -0400 
    Before his success in the NBA, Caron Butler overcame a rocky youth in the inner city. Drugs and violence nearly derailed him — but, as he writes in a new memoir, he managed a dramatic turnaround.

New Take On Old Tale: Novelist Retells King David's Story 
  Sun, 04 Oct 2015 08:14:00 -0400 
    Geraldine Brooks is a Pulitzer Prize winning historical novelist. Her latest book "The Secret Chord," tells the story of King David. NPR's Rachel Martin spoke to her about her conception of the flawed king.

Where There's A Will: Shakespeare Remixed In 'The Gap Of Time' 
  Sun, 04 Oct 2015 08:14:00 -0400 
    You've heard of cover songs — now, a group of authors are writing cover plays, retelling the works of Shakespeare in their own words. Jeanette Winterson leads off, reimagining The Winter's Tale.

Swordswoman, Opera Singer, Runaway: 'Goddess' Chronicles A Fabled Life 
  Sat, 03 Oct 2015 08:09:02 -0400 
    Author Kelly Gardiner's new novel is a fictionalized version of the life of Julie d'Aubigny, a swashbuckling 17th-century fencer-turned-opera singer whose exploits often seem stranger than fiction.

What Would Julia Child Do? Jacques Pépin Says: Add More Butter 
  Sat, 03 Oct 2015 08:09:00 -0400 
    In a conversation with NPR's Scott Simon, Jacques Pépin reflects on his extraordinary 60-year career, his dear friend Julia Child and how not to let good cheese leftovers go to waste.
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