Lynn Neary http://publicradioeast.org en Travel Disasters Bring Out The Best, The Worst ... And The Cannibalism http://publicradioeast.org/post/travel-disasters-bring-out-best-worst-and-cannibalism Author Sarah Lotz is terrified of flying, so naturally every time she gets on a plane she imagines the worst. "I imagine how it's going to smell if things start burning," she says. "I imagine the <em>thunk</em> of luggage falling out of the compartments at the top. ... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:29:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 46382 at http://publicradioeast.org Travel Disasters Bring Out The Best, The Worst ... And The Cannibalism Writer Nadine Gordimer Captured Apartheid's Contradictions http://publicradioeast.org/post/writer-nadine-gordimer-captured-apartheids-contradictions South African writer Nadine Gordimer, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1991, died Sunday at the age of 90. Gordimer merged the personal and political to create a compelling portrait of the injustice of life under apartheid.<p>She was born in 1923 to a mother whose family came to South Africa from Britain and a Jewish father who had lived under oppression in his native Lithuania. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:01:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 46375 at http://publicradioeast.org Writer Nadine Gordimer Captured Apartheid's Contradictions Authors Take Opposite Sides On Hachette, Amazon Spat http://publicradioeast.org/post/authors-take-opposite-sides-hachette-amazon-spat You might think that all writers would be of the same mind about the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/05/23/315279264/why-some-books-youre-looking-to-buy-on-amazon-arent-there">dispute between Amazon and Hachette Publishing Company</a> over the price of ebooks. Think again. This week two different sets of authors sent open letters to their "readers" urging them to take one side or the other in the ongoing controversy.<p>It all began when the publisher and Amazon were unable to reach an agreement on ebook prices. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 22:34:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 45546 at http://publicradioeast.org Authors Take Opposite Sides On Hachette, Amazon Spat Almost Intermediate: Adults Learn Lessons In 'Late Starters Orchestra' http://publicradioeast.org/post/almost-intermediate-adults-learn-lessons-late-starters-orchestra Transcript <p>LYNN NEARY, HOST: <p>By our measure, Ari Goldman is a successful man. A former New York Times reporter turned college professor, he is deeply religious and a happily married husband and father. But for all of that, there was something missing in his life. Goldman yearned to play a musical instrument.<p>ARI GOLDMAN: The cello is sort of the music of my soul. It's the instrument that speaks most directly to me. I never thought that I would be able to play a cello.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF CELLO)<p>NEARY: Now, Goldman does play. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 44573 at http://publicradioeast.org How Rhythm Carries A Poem, From Head To Heart http://publicradioeast.org/post/how-rhythm-carries-poem-head-heart <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLWlB3ib7ZM</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:33:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 44415 at http://publicradioeast.org How Rhythm Carries A Poem, From Head To Heart Court OKs Universities' Quest To Turn To More Digital Copies Of Books http://publicradioeast.org/post/court-oks-universities-quest-turn-more-digital-copies-books A U.S. appeals court has ruled against a group of authors, deciding in favor of a consortium of universities in a case that hinged on copyright law and provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The universities had allowed Google to make digital copies of more than 10 million books so that they could be searchable by specific terms. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 43632 at http://publicradioeast.org Amazon's Pricing Dispute Sets Book Expo Buzzing http://publicradioeast.org/post/amazons-pricing-dispute-sets-book-expo-buzzing The dispute between retail giant Amazon and publisher Hachette was big news at Book Expo America. Writers, publishers and agents are wondering what the rift could mean for the future of books. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:26:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 42965 at http://publicradioeast.org Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86 http://publicradioeast.org/post/maya-angelou-poet-activist-and-singular-storyteller-dies-86 Poet, performer and political activist Maya Angelou has died after a long illness at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86. Born in St. Louis in 1928, Angelou grew up in a segregated society that she worked to change during the civil rights era. Angelou, who refused to speak for much of her childhood, revealed the scars of her past in <em>I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings</em>, the first of a series of memoirs.<p>Growing up in St. Louis, Mo., and Stamps, Ark., she was Marguerite Johnson. It was her brother who first called her Maya, and the name stuck. Wed, 28 May 2014 14:06:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 42523 at http://publicradioeast.org Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86 Larry McMurtry Loves The West, But Knocks The Cowboy Off His High Horse http://publicradioeast.org/post/larry-mcmurtry-loves-west-knocks-cowboy-his-high-horse Larry McMurtry may well be the only Academy Award winner who used some of the precious moments of his acceptance speech to thank booksellers: "From the humblest paperback exchange to the masters of the great bookshops of the world, all are contributors to the survival of the culture of the book, a wonderful culture which we musn't lose," he told the audience in 2006 as he accepted the Oscar for his screenplay for <em>Brokeback Mountain</em> — which was based on a short story.<p>In addition to being a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and an Oscar-winning screenwriter, McMurtry has been a booksel Wed, 07 May 2014 20:29:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 40807 at http://publicradioeast.org Larry McMurtry Loves The West, But Knocks The Cowboy Off His High Horse One NYC Indie Bookstore Survives By Being Small And Specialized http://publicradioeast.org/post/one-nyc-indie-bookstore-survives-being-small-and-specialized New York City's Posman Books is bucking a trend. Other booksellers — both independents and big chains like Barnes & Noble — are closing stores in Manhattan, but Posman is getting ready to open its fourth store in the city. Sat, 03 May 2014 09:40:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 40476 at http://publicradioeast.org One NYC Indie Bookstore Survives By Being Small And Specialized 'Grapes Of Wrath' Is 75, But Its Depictions Of Poverty Are Timeless http://publicradioeast.org/post/grapes-wrath-75-its-depictions-poverty-are-timeless Much has been said and written about the Dust Bowl, but if you want to get a visceral feel for how it all began and the way it affected the people who experienced it, you need go no further than the opening pages of John Steinbeck's <em>The Grapes of Wrath</em>:<p><blockquote><p>Men stood by their fences and looked at the ruined corn, drying fast now, only a little green showing through the film of dust. The men were silent and they did not move often. And the women came out of the houses to stand beside their men — to feel whether this time the men would break. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:23:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 38848 at http://publicradioeast.org 'Grapes Of Wrath' Is 75, But Its Depictions Of Poverty Are Timeless Printing Wikipedia Would Take 1 Million Pages, But That's Sort Of The Point http://publicradioeast.org/post/printing-wikipedia-would-take-1-million-pages-thats-sort-point A German-based group called PediaPress is trying to raise enough money to make a print copy of all of Wikipedia. That's right, Wikipedia, the ever-evolving, always-changing, inherently digital encyclopedia of information gathered by contributors all over the world. To say this would be a massive project is an understatement.<p>One thousand volumes, 1,200 pages each — more than one million pages in all — about 80 meters of shelf space. That's what it would take to make a printed version of Wikipedia. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 09:11:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 37640 at http://publicradioeast.org Printing Wikipedia Would Take 1 Million Pages, But That's Sort Of The Point 'Sous Chef' Reveals The High-Adrenaline Dance Behind Your Dinner http://publicradioeast.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 37312 at http://publicradioeast.org 'Sous Chef' Reveals The High-Adrenaline Dance Behind Your Dinner Common Core Creates Opportunities For Publishers http://publicradioeast.org/post/common-core-creates-opportunities-publishers Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne with an opportunity for publishers. Some 45 states and the District of Columbia have now signed onto the new Common Core education standards. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:08:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 36776 at http://publicradioeast.org Pew Study: Many Technophiles Also Love Libraries http://publicradioeast.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 36379 at http://publicradioeast.org Pew Study: Many Technophiles Also Love Libraries What Wakes B.J. Novak Up In The Middle Of The Night? http://publicradioeast.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 33256 at http://publicradioeast.org The Annual Awards For Children's Books Are Out http://publicradioeast.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 32983 at http://publicradioeast.org In An Age Of Slavery, Two Women Fight For Their 'Wings' http://publicradioeast.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. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 23:53:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 31584 at http://publicradioeast.org In An Age Of Slavery, Two Women Fight For Their 'Wings' Don't Call It Fanfic: Writers Rework Their Favorite Stories http://publicradioeast.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 29317 at http://publicradioeast.org E-Readers Mark A New Chapter In The Developing World http://publicradioeast.org/post/e-readers-mark-new-chapter-developing-world A former Amazon executive who helped Jeff Bezos turn shopping into a digital experience has set out to end illiteracy. David Risher is now the head of Worldreader, a nonprofit organization that brings e-books to kids in developing countries through Kindles and cellphones.<p>Risher was traveling around the world with his family when he got the idea for Worldreader. They were doing volunteer work at an orphanage in Ecuador when he saw a building with a big padlock on the door. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:54:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 28933 at http://publicradioeast.org E-Readers Mark A New Chapter In The Developing World