Topics

Literature

  • 'The Catcher in the Rye' author J.D. Salinger dies
    The author's son says Salinger died of natural causes at his home in New Hampshire. He was 91.January 28, 2010
  • A novel resolves childhood memories of the Ethiopian revolution
    The experience of leaving Ethiopia was so traumatic for her, author Maaza Mengiste has very clear memories of what happened. Now, in an attempt to give those memories some context, she has written a critically-acclaimed novel "Beneath the Lion's Gaze."January 26, 2010
  • Ventura releasing new book on conspiracy theories
    Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is taking on everything from the attacks of Sept. 11 to the elections of 2000 and 2004 in a new book examining conspiracy theories.January 22, 2010
  • Study finds untapped potential in Native American art
    A new University of Minnesota study suggests that if helped, Native American artists could become a major economic asset to the state.January 21, 2010
  • The story after a hardscrabble childhood
    Jeannette Walls' first memoir shocked readers with her dysfunctional childhood in a poor rural Arizona town. In her latest novel, which is a fictionalized prequel to "Glass Castle," she revisits her family to explore the pioneering life of her resourceful grandmother during the Great Depression.Midmorning, January 20, 2010
  • Award-winning author creates a world with short stories
    National Book Award Finalist Daniyal Mueenuddin set out to create a miniature world in his book "In Other Rooms, Other Wonders."January 19, 2010
  • Elizabeth Gilbert gives marriage a second shot
    Elizabeth Gilbert's first memoir, "Eat, Pray, Love," which chronicled her travels and personal renewal after a divorce, became a blockbuster bestseller. In her latest book, "Committed" she explains how she came to make peace with marriage as she gives it a second try with a new partner.Midmorning, January 13, 2010
  • The Kerri Miller Book Club: "A Tale of Two Cities"
    This year marks the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens' tragic historical fiction "Tale of Two Cities." One of his later and least "Dickensian" of all his novels, it was first released in serial form in a self-published commercial literary magazine. What was then a popular story is revered today as a victorian classic.Midmorning, January 4, 2010
  • The toll of grief on a marriage
    A new debut novel explores the connection between chronic pain and the emotional pain of loss. St. Paul writer Kate Ledger brings her experience observing and writing about doctors to her contemplation of marriage and grief.Midmorning, December 31, 2009
  • Best books of the year, 2009 edition
    The traditional sharing of long lists of favorite fiction and nonfiction continues. The book editors from two newspapers share their thoughts on what books were celebrated and ignored.Midmorning, December 31, 2009
  • Books' digital future
    As more and more books are published every year, Harvard University's head librarian says the future for books and the publishing industry will be a digital one. The transition from print to computer will provide a test of how well we preserve our great works of literature.Midmorning, December 3, 2009
  • 'Born Round' author Frank Bruni
    In his new memoir, "Born Round," former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni chronicles his struggle with compulsive eating during a successful career that constantly brought him back to the source of his addiction.Midmorning, December 1, 2009
  • When science and literature inspired one another
    While Wordsworth and Byron were forging the age of Romantic literature, a burst of scientific discovery was happening that forever changed astronomy, chemistry, and physics. Author Richard Holmes reaches back to this period in history to understand the foundations of modern science.Midmorning, November 27, 2009
  • Talking Volumes with Stephen King and Audrey Niffenegger
    Two masters of the art of frightening fiction share the stage at the Fitzgerald Theater in the latest installment of Talking Volumes. Stephen King's latest novel is about what happens to a town that becomes surrounded by an impenetrable dome. Audrey Niffenegger's latest novel has twin teenaged girls haunted by the residents of Highgate Cemetery in London. Talking Volumes, hosted by Kerri Miller, was recorded Nov. 18.Midmorning, November 23, 2009
  • Visiting the land of invented languages
    Linguist Arika Okrent speaks many languages, including several such as Klingon and Esperanto, which someone sat down and invented from scratch. In her new book "In the Land of Invented Languages," Okrent explores nine centuries of linguistic invention, and the belief that a better language could lead to a better world.November 17, 2009

MPR News
Radio

Listen Now

Other Radio Streams from MPR

Classical MPR
Radio Heartland

Books Headlines from NPR

Services