NPR : News

Filed Under:

Book News: 50 Poems From Rudyard Kipling Discovered

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Fifty previously unpublished poems by Rudyard Kipling, the author of The Jungle Book and Just So Stories, were discovered by Thomas Pinney, an English professor at California State Polytechnic University. The lost works by Kipling, whose most famous poems include "If" and the notorious "White Man's Burden," are to be published next month. Kipling was widely derided as an apologist for British colonialism — George Orwell called him "a jingo imperialist" — though he was also a respected novelist who won the Literature Nobel in 1907.
  • Barnes & Noble founder and Chairman Leonard Riggio wants to buy the company's stores and website — but not the Nook e-reader division, which it turns out is not doing especially well.
  • The easiest way to become a bestselling author? Buy your way onto the list. The Wall Street Journal reports that some authors are hiring marketing firms to buy up large numbers of their books to get a spot on the bestseller lists.
  • New York Magazine asks 30 prominent writers about Philip Roth's legacy, and whether the Portnoy's Complaint author is a misogynist. (The poll results might be more convincing if it weren't for the fact that only five out of the 30 writers featured were women).
  • Penguin Press announced Monday that the next novel from reclusive Gravity's Rainbow author Thomas Pynchon will be published in September. Bleeding Edge will be set in 2001 in "the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11," according to a press release.
  • The New Yorker has published a lovely short story set partly during the Spanish Civil War by Irish author Colm Toibin.
Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit


Making Art Off The Grid: A Month-Long Residency At A Remote National Park

Filmmakers Carter McCormick and Paula Sprenger recently wrapped up a month as artists-in-residence at Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles west of Key West. No phone, TV, Internet or other people.

After A Long Day Of Fighting Climate Change, This Grain Is Ready For A Beer

Kernza is a kind of grassy wheat that traps more carbon in the soil than crops like wheat and rice. Now, a West Coast brewery is using the grain in its new beer called Long Root Ale.

As Democrats Eye Senate Control, GOP Likely To Hold Slim House Majority

Democrats need a wave election to win the 30 seats they need to flip the House. But even with Hillary Clinton gaining in polls, Republicans are likely to hold onto their House majority, albeit a slimmer one.

Google Fiber Won't Accept Any New Cities For Its Superfast Internet Network

Google says it will honor its existing commitments to support or deploy gigabit-speed Internet. But it's scaling back the work on fiber optics to focus on "new technology and deployment methods."

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.