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The winners of this year's Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, fiction, poetry, drama, music, biography, history and nonfiction were announced Monday at Columbia University in New York.
'I Regret Everything': Toni Morrison Looks Back On Her...
"It's not profound regret," Morrison tells Fresh Air. "It's just a wiping up of tiny little messes that you didn't recognize as mess when they were going on." Her latest book is God Help the Child.
Unsettling Tales Of Strange Suburbia Echo Through 'The...
What do Rapunzel, the Buddha and small-town America have in common? Deceptively safe spaces, says Steven Millhauser. The Pulitzer Prize winner's new short story collection is Voices in the Night.
Hugo Awards Highlight Scarcity Of Women, Minorities In...
NPR's Arun Rath talks to author Monica Byrne about how controversy surrounding this year's Hugo Awards highlights a lack of women and minority speculative fiction authors.
Memoir Chronicles The Joy And Loss Of 'The Light Of The...
NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to author Elizabeth Alexander about her new memoir, The Light of the World.
'Spinster' Celebrates The Single Ladies
Writer Kate Bolick says that, growing up, she just assumed she'd get married some day — but it hasn't happened. Her new book looks at five women who upend traditional assumptions about women's lives.
Jon Krakauer Tells A 'Depressingly Typical' Story Of...
Krakauer's Missoula looks at stories of women who have been sexually assaulted by people they know. He says rape is unlike other crimes because in other crimes, "the victim isn't assumed to be lying."
At 84, Poet Gary Snyder Lives In 'This Present Moment'
Poet Gary Snyder has hung with the Beats, studied Buddhism, worked as a logger and he's still going strong. He talks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about his new collection, This Present Moment.
'Orhan's Inheritance' Is The Weight Of History
Aline Ohanesian's debut novel attempts to make sense of the events of 100 years ago, when the Ottoman Empire began forcing Armenians out of their homes in Turkey, leaving more than a million dead.
From Horses To High-Rises: An Insider 'Unmasks' China's...
Over the past 25 years, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson watched China turn into the world's second largest economy. He explains what could halt the country's massive growth.
'The Children's Crusade': A Heavily Plotted Family Saga To...
Ann Packer's latest is about a young Navy doctor who, after the Korean War, builds a house south of San Francisco. Fifty years later, his four adult children argue over the property's fate.
Revisiting The Night Abraham Lincoln Was Shot 150 Years Ago
On this day in 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln. Renee Montagne talks to author James Swanson at Ford's Theatre. (This piece initially aired on Feb. 12, 2009 on Morning Edition).
Take It From David Brooks: Career Success 'Doesn't Make...
The New York Times columnist wrote The Road to Character after seeing the gratitude for life of people who tutor immigrants. He thought, "I've achieved career success ... but I haven't achieved that."
How Young People Went Underground During The '70s 'Days Of...
Bryan Burrough's new book describes the Weather Underground and other militant groups' tactics to protest the government. He interviews former radicals who had never gone on the record before.
From Harpies To Heroines: How Shakespeare's Women Evolved
In her new book Women of Will, Tina Packer traces Shakespeare's maturation — and, she argues, the corresponding transformation of his female characters from caricatures to fully-realized humans.
In 'Distant Marvels,' A Witness To Revolutions Tells...
Chantel Acevedo's latest novel opens in 1963 and focuses on octogenarian Maria Sirena, part of a Cuban generation that lived through both the war of independence from Spain and the Cuban Revolution.
Adventures In Vietnam — Street Food, Love And Taking...
Journalist Graham Holliday moved to Vietnam in the '90s and immersed himself in the culture through food. That meant getting "a little bit" poisoned, finding the best Bún chả — and meeting his wife.
A Dark, Funny — And Vietnamese — Look At The Vietnam War
Viet Thanh Nguyen grew up in America with war movies like Apocalypse Now and Platoon, which offer accounts of the war focusing on Americans. His new novel, The Sympathizer, follows a Vietnamese spy.
How Jim Grimsley Shed His 'Racist' Skin
In 1966, Jim Grimsley's North Carolina school was integrated. NPR's Tamara Keith talks to Grimsley and one of his first black classmates, Donnie Meadows, about Grimsley's book, How I Shed My Skin.
'Born With Teeth,' Actress Kate Mulgrew On A Life Lived...
Mulgrew played Captain Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager and is a formidable kitchen manager on Orange Is the New Black. But her personal story is more dramatic than any she's ever played on screen.
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