WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Author Lois Lowry

Before "Harry Potter" and "The Hunger Games" there was "The Giver." Author Lois Lowry and her readers became so invested in the dystopian world she created in that novel that three more followed. The latest -- and reportedly last -- in the series, "Son," was recently published. Kojo talks with the award-winning children's and young adult author about her prolific career.

Watch The Book Trailer For 'Son'

Told in three separate story lines, Lois Lowry's "Son" combines elements from the first three novels in her Giver Quartet -- "The Giver" (1994 Newbery Medal winner), "Gathering Blue" and "Messenger" —- into a breathtaking, thought-provoking narrative that wrestles with ideas of human freedom.

Lois Lowry Speaks At The 2009 National Book Festival

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Friday News Roundup - International

Italy searches for survivors after a devastating earthquake. Turkey escalates its role in the fight against ISIS. And Colombia and the FARC rebels sign a peace treaty ending a half-century-long guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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One of China's most valuable tech startups, smartphone maker Xiaomi, is getting into networked appliances, in a bid to innovate its way out of trouble, as its core business falls flat.

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