Lynn Neary http://wemu.org en 'Sous Chef' Reveals The High-Adrenaline Dance Behind Your Dinner http://wemu.org/post/sous-chef-reveals-high-adrenaline-dance-behind-your-dinner A restaurant kitchen at the peak of the dinner rush can be a crazy place — hot, crowded and filled with a kind of intense energy that some people, like Michael Gibney, thrive on. Gibney's been working in restaurants since he was young. In his new book, <em>Sous Chef,</em> Gibney tries to capture the rhythm of the kitchen by taking his readers through one day in the life of a fast-paced New York restaurant.<p>Writing is a new affair for Gibney, but cooking is his first love. He got his start in the restaurant business as a kid, washing dishes. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 43383 at http://wemu.org 'Sous Chef' Reveals The High-Adrenaline Dance Behind Your Dinner Pew Study: Many Technophiles Also Love Libraries http://wemu.org/post/pew-study-many-technophiles-also-love-libraries You might think that in a world of Google and Wikipedia, people who love technology wouldn't care much about the musty old local public library. But, according to <a href="http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/03/13/library-engagement-typology/">a new report by the Pew Research Internet Project</a>, you'd be wrong.<p>Pew has been studying the changing role of libraries in America in the digital age. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 42804 at http://wemu.org Pew Study: Many Technophiles Also Love Libraries What Wakes B.J. Novak Up In The Middle Of The Night? http://wemu.org/post/what-wakes-bj-novak-middle-night Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>When we talk about a triple threat we're often talking about a versatile athlete. Think about a basketball player who can score, defend, and rebound. In show biz, B. J. Novak may be that triple threat. He can do standup, act, and write successfully in all cases. He got his start doing standup comedy. That led to a job on the hit comedy series "The Office" where he had a regular part and was one of the writers.<p>And now he's put his writing talent to work on one more thing. Literally. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:04:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 40919 at http://wemu.org The Annual Awards For Children's Books Are Out http://wemu.org/post/annual-awards-childrens-books-are-out Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>OK, the Grammy Awards are behind us. The Oscars are around the corner. And now, we have another award that also gets a lot of attention this time of year, from people who love kids' books.<p>The American Library Association has announced this year's Caldecott and Newbery Award winners. NPR's Lynn Neary reports.<p>LYNN NEARY, BYLINE: Kate DiCamillo should be used to accolades by now. She was nominated last year for a National Book Award, and the Library of Congress named her the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 40748 at http://wemu.org In An Age Of Slavery, Two Women Fight For Their 'Wings' http://wemu.org/post/age-slavery-two-women-fight-their-wings Sue Monk Kidd's new novel is a story told by two women whose lives are wrapped together — beginning, against their wills, when they're young girls. One is a slave; the other, her reluctant owner. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 00:08:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 39984 at http://wemu.org In An Age Of Slavery, Two Women Fight For Their 'Wings' Don't Call It Fanfic: Writers Rework Their Favorite Stories http://wemu.org/post/dont-call-it-fanfic-writers-rework-their-favorite-stories When writers finish a book, they may think they've had the last word. But sometimes another writer will decide there's more to the story. The madwoman Bertha from <em>Jane Eyre</em> and the father in <em>Little Women</em> are just two examples of secondary characters who have been given a fuller life in a new work of fiction based on a classic novel.<p>Many writers are attracted to the world of Jane Austen. Jo Baker is a big fan of <em>Pride and Prejudice</em>, but there was something about the book that bothered her: the servants. Sat, 07 Dec 2013 13:05:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 38690 at http://wemu.org 50 Years After Assassination, Kennedy Books Offer New Analysis http://wemu.org/post/50-years-after-assassination-kennedy-books-offer-new-analysis In the 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the public has never tired of books about the charismatic young president and his tragic death.<p>This year, the market has been particularly flooded with Kennedy books — from glossy photograph collections to serious biographies and histories to a new round of books devoted to conspiracy theories.<p>There were already thousands of books about Kennedy before this 50th anniversary year, but Tony Lyons of Skyhorse Publishing believes there is always room for more. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:05:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 37912 at http://wemu.org 50 Years After Assassination, Kennedy Books Offer New Analysis A Panorama Of Devastation: Drawing Of WWI Battle Spans 24 Feet http://wemu.org/post/panorama-devastation-drawing-wwi-battle-spans-24-feet Joe Sacco is a cartoonist, graphic novelist and journalist; he's best-known for his dispatches from today's regions of conflict, like the Middle East and Bosnia, in cartoon form. But for his latest book, <em>The Great War</em>, Sacco turns his eye on history. He's recreated of one of the worst battles of World War I, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, from its hopeful beginning to its brutal end.<p>The book is unconventional in form — it folds out to form a 24-foot-long panorama. Sun, 10 Nov 2013 21:53:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 37535 at http://wemu.org A Panorama Of Devastation: Drawing Of WWI Battle Spans 24 Feet Brick-And-Mortar Bookstores Play The Print Card Against Amazon http://wemu.org/post/brick-and-mortar-bookstores-try-revenge-against-amazon When it comes to book publishing, all we ever seem to hear about is online sales, the growth of e-books and the latest version of a digital book reader. But the fact is, only 20 percent of the book market is e-books; it's still dominated by print. And a recent standoff in the book business shows how good old-fashioned, brick-and-mortar bookstores are still trying to wield their influence in the industry. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 09:48:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 37008 at http://wemu.org Brick-And-Mortar Bookstores Play The Print Card Against Amazon 'Quiet Dell' Revives A Depression-Era Murder Story http://wemu.org/post/quiet-dell-revives-depression-era-murder-story The Quiet Dell murders were among the first big, sensational crime stories of the Depression: A serial killer corresponded with vulnerable widows he met through lonely hearts clubs, then lured them to their deaths.<p>As a child, writer Jayne Anne Phillips learned about the murders from her mother, who was a child in 1931, when the murders took place. Phillips says she didn't talk a lot about the tragedy, but whenever they drove close to where the crime occurred — near Clarksburg, W.Va. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:02:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 36361 at http://wemu.org 'Quiet Dell' Revives A Depression-Era Murder Story Political Violence, Uneasy Silence Echo In Lahiri's 'Lowland' http://wemu.org/post/political-violence-uneasy-silence-echo-lahiris-lowland Earlier this month, Jhumpa Lahiri rejected the idea of immigrant fiction. "I don't know what to make of the term," she <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/08/books/review/jhumpa-lahiri-by-the-book.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0">told</a> <em>The New York Times</em>. "All American fiction could be classified as immigrant fiction."<p>Nevertheless, among readers, Lahiri is best-known for her novels and short stories about the immigrant experience. She was born in England and raised in America by parents who emigrated from India. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 07:57:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 35344 at http://wemu.org Political Violence, Uneasy Silence Echo In Lahiri's 'Lowland' National Book Awards Look To Raise Profile ... And It's Not The First Time http://wemu.org/post/national-book-awards-look-raise-profile-and-its-not-first-time You may be hearing a lot about the National Book Awards this week — at least that's what the National Book Foundation hopes. That's because they've made some changes to the awards that they hope will get more people talking about them. Over four days starting Monday, they will roll out their nominees in four different categories — beginning with <a href="http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2013.html#.UjdoS9KYP5w">Young People's Literature</a> and ending Thursday with Fiction.<p>It isn't the first time the National Book Awards have tried to raise their profile. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:44:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 35068 at http://wemu.org National Book Awards Look To Raise Profile ... And It's Not The First Time 'Winter's Bone' Author Revisits A Tragedy In His Ozarks Hometown http://wemu.org/post/winters-bone-author-revisits-tragedy-his-ozarks-hometown The Ozarks mountain town of West Plains, Mo., is the kind of town where a person can stand in his front yard and have a comfortable view of his past.<p>"My mom was actually born about 150 or 200 feet that way, and my grandfather's house is I guess 200 yards that way," says Daniel Woodrell, author of <em>Winter's Bone,</em> and most recently, <em>The Maid's Version</em>.<p>Woodrell's family — on both sides — goes back a long way in West Plains. His father moved away, but Woodrell used to visit his grandparents here when he was a kid. Thu, 05 Sep 2013 07:25:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 34558 at http://wemu.org 'Winter's Bone' Author Revisits A Tragedy In His Ozarks Hometown Crime Novelist Elmore Leonard Dies At 87 http://wemu.org/post/crime-novelist-elmore-leonard-dies-87 Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Elmore Leonard, sometimes called the Dickens of Detroit, created some of the most memorable characters in modern crime fiction. The 87-year-old writer died after suffering a stroke several weeks ago. Until then, he had never stopped writing. His first book, published in 1953, was a Western. Later, he turned to crime novels and left an indelible imprint on that genre. NPR's Lynn Neary has this remembrance.<p>LYNN NEARY, BYLINE: Elmore Leonard lived in or near Detroit for most of his life. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 09:31:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 33867 at http://wemu.org E-Books Strain Relations Between Libraries, Publishing Houses http://wemu.org/post/e-books-strain-relations-beween-libraries-publishing-houses Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>E-books have strained the relations between libraries and the major publishing houses. Libraries say they're being cut out of the market because publishers are afraid they could lose money selling e-books to libraries. After much negotiation, the publishers are experimenting with new ways of doing business. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 10:59:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 33133 at http://wemu.org E-Books Strain Relations Between Libraries, Publishing Houses How Scholastic Sells Literacy To Generations Of New Readers http://wemu.org/post/scholastic-reaches-new-generation-young-readers-online Chances are you have had contact with Scholastic Publishing at some point in your life: You might have read their magazines in school, or bought a book at one of their book fairs, or perhaps you've read <em>Harry Potter</em> or <em>The Hunger Games</em>? From its humble beginning as publisher of a magazine for high schoolers, Scholastic has become a $2 billion business and one of the biggest children's book publishers in the world.<p>Scholastic is a leader in the school book fair business — which is in keeping with the company's origins. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:37:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 32217 at http://wemu.org How Scholastic Sells Literacy To Generations Of New Readers Best Of The Summer: 6 Books The Critics Adore http://wemu.org/post/best-summer-6-books-critics-adore There is no one definition of a summer book. It can be a 1,000-page biography, a critically acclaimed literary novel, a memoir everyone is talking about — or it might be your favorite guilty pleasure: romance, crime, science fiction. Whatever you choose, it should be able to sweep you away to another world, because there is nothing like getting totally lost in a book on summer day. Here are a few books that swept away some of our favorite critics. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 31903 at http://wemu.org Best Of The Summer: 6 Books The Critics Adore Preserving The Season's Fruits With A Canning Evangelist http://wemu.org/post/preserving-seasons-fruits-canning-evangelist Shopping at a farmers market on a weekend morning can turn bittersweet if your eye for just-picked summer fruit is bigger than your refrigerator and appetite.<p>That's a crisis first-time cookbook author <a href="http://www.savingtheseason.com/about-me/">Kevin West</a> found himself in a few years back. Sat, 29 Jun 2013 13:05:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 31494 at http://wemu.org Preserving The Season's Fruits With A Canning Evangelist What Kids Are Reading, In School And Out http://wemu.org/post/what-kids-are-reading-school-and-out Walk into any bookstore or library, and you'll find shelves and shelves of hugely popular novels and book series for kids. But research shows that as young readers get older, they are not moving to more complex books. High-schoolers are reading books written for younger kids, and teachers aren't assigning difficult classics as much as they once did.<p>At Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C., the 11th-grade honors English students are reading <em>The Kite Runner</em>. And students like Megan Bell are reading some heavy-duty books in their spare time. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 20:51:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 30701 at http://wemu.org What Kids Are Reading, In School And Out McCann's 'TransAtlantic' Crosses Fiction And Fact, Ireland And U.S. http://wemu.org/post/mccanns-transatlantic-crosses-fiction-and-fact-ireland-and-us About five years ago, Colum McCann stumbled upon a small piece of history he had never known: In 1845, Frederick Douglass, then an escaped slave who was already famous for his anti-slavery writings and speeches, visited Ireland to raise money and support for his cause. McCann says he knew almost immediately that he wanted to turn this historical fact into fiction: "This intersection between history and fiction, between what is real and what is not real, fascinates me," he says. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 20:52:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 30354 at http://wemu.org McCann's 'TransAtlantic' Crosses Fiction And Fact, Ireland And U.S. How Ellen DeGeneres Helped Change The Conversation About Gays http://wemu.org/post/how-ellen-degeneres-helped-change-conversation-about-gays In 2008, during the brief window when it was legal for same-sex couples to get married in California, perhaps no couple drew more attention than Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi.<p>After their wedding, photos of the couple were everywhere; DeGeneres, beaming, in a white suit and holding hands with de Rossi, the very picture of the princess bride so many young girls dream of being one day. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 20:55:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 27216 at http://wemu.org How Ellen DeGeneres Helped Change The Conversation About Gays 'Wave' Tells A True Story Of Survival And Loss In The 2004 Tsunami http://wemu.org/post/wave-tells-true-story-survival-and-loss-2004-tsunami On Dec. 26, 2004, Sonali Deraniyagala was vacationing with her husband, her two sons and her parents in Yala, Sri Lanka. The day was just beginning when she and a friend noticed that something strange was happening in the ocean. Within a matter of minutes, the sea had wiped out life as she had known it. In a new memoir, called simply <em>Wave</em>, she recalls her experience with the tsunami that killed more than 200,000 people, including her own family.<p>Today, Deraniyagala lives in New York. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 08:40:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 26321 at http://wemu.org 'Wave' Tells A True Story Of Survival And Loss In The 2004 Tsunami E-Readers Track How We Read, But Is The Data Useful To Authors? http://wemu.org/post/e-readers-track-how-we-read-data-useful-authors Reading always seemed to be the most private of acts: just you and your imagination immersed in another world. But now, if you happen to be curled up with an e-reader, you're not alone.<p>Data is being collected about your reading habits. That information belongs to the companies that sell e-readers, like Amazon or Barnes & Noble. And they can share — or sell — that information if they like. One official at Barnes & Noble has said sharing that data with publishers might "help authors create even better books."<p>The data is also, of course, a brilliant marketing tool. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:14:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 24802 at http://wemu.org E-Readers Track How We Read, But Is The Data Useful To Authors? 'Fifty Shades' Is The One That Got Away. At Least From Me http://wemu.org/post/fifty-shades-one-got-away-least-me Sometimes "the one that got away" is a book that was easy to overlook. A little gem of a first novel, or a memoir by an unknown writer that unexpectedly captured everyone's imagination.<p>But sometimes, it's the elephant in the room that you just haven't looked at yet. Everyone knows about it. It's one of the biggest sellers of all time. It's a cultural phenomenon — it's <em>Fifty Shades of Grey</em>. And I ignored it until I couldn't anymore.<p>It wasn't just that you couldn't go anywhere without hearing about it. Nor was it the record-breaking sales. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:18:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 23664 at http://wemu.org 'Fifty Shades' Is The One That Got Away. At Least From Me Self-Publishing: No Longer Just A Vanity Project http://wemu.org/post/self-publishing-no-longer-just-vanity-project They used to call it the "vanity press," and the phrase itself spoke volumes. Self-published authors were considered not good enough to get a real publishing contract. They had to pay to see their book in print. But with the advent of e-books, self-publishing has exploded, and a handful of writers have had huge best-sellers.<p>TV blogger Alan Sepinwall's self-published book, <em>The Revolution Was Televised</em>, came out just before Thanksgiving. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 08:49:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 23313 at http://wemu.org Self-Publishing: No Longer Just A Vanity Project