One character must come to town and one character must leave town — that's the challenge that more than 3,400 people took up to write original stories for this round of our Three Minute Fiction contest. Our judge is Danielle Evans, author of the short story collection "Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self," and in a few weeks, she'll pick a winner. Evans sits down with weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz to share a few stories that turned her head so far. You can read full versions of these and other entries at npr.org/threeminutefiction.
Dan Brown, author of the blockbuster The Da Vinci Code, is back with his first novel in four years. Inferno follows academic hero Robert Langdon on a chase through Italy as he attempts to avert a biological catastrophe.
Designer Katie Shelly's upcoming cookbook offers 50 illustrated recipe "blueprints" for basic meals — from simple snacks to more hefty dishes like eggplant Parmesan. She hopes they'll inspire any level of cook to improvise in the kitchen.
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