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Timothy Spall's New Role As Leading Man

Spall just won best actor at this year's Cannes Film Festival, but he is still relatively unknown. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with reviewer Rajinder Dudrah about Spall's surprising career.
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Old Family Laundry Gets Unpacked In 'The Vacationers'

With summer approaching, it's time to think about the season's great beach reads. Emma Straub has written a new novel, The Vacationers, that will get you in the mood. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to the young author.
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Working Out With Hefty Proustian Epics

It's time to get in shape for the summer reading season. NPR's Scott Simon talks to writer Sally Franson to hear how readers can do a pre-beach workout while sitting still.
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In Confronting Poverty, 'Harvest Of Shame' Reaped Praise And Criticism

The 1960 documentary examined the plight of America's migrant farmworkers. It was praised as groundbreaking, but others called it an "exaggerated portrait" and even some migrants took issue with it.
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Not My Job: No Longer 'Clueless,' Alicia Silverstone Gets Quizzed On Parenting

If you were a teenager around 1995, prepare to feel old: Silverstone, who played peppy, pampered Cher Horowitz, is now a mother and has written a book about parenting called The Kind Mama.
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James McAvoy As A Creep? In 'Filth,' The Anti-Typecasting Works

The indie drama Filth, McAvoy makes a departure from his usual good-guy roles and plays Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson — a bipolar, bigoted, junkie cop.
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Ralph Ellison: No Longer The 'Invisible Man' 100 Years After His Birth

Ellison's exploration of race and identity won the National Book Award in 1953 and has been called one of the best novels of the 20th century.
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With Possible Theme Park, 'Hunger Games' May Live Beyond Final Film

The movie studio Lionsgate is exploring the possibility of a theme park based on The Hunger Games films and books.
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A Satire Of Literary Prizes Reveals A World Of Insanity

Edward St. Aubyn is no stranger to losing out on awards. In 2006 his novel was shortlisted for the Man Booker. But in 2011 he didn't even make the longlist. Now he's getting his revenge.
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Book Review: 'I Am The Beggar Of The World'

Poet Tess Taylor reviews I Am the Beggar of the World, a new poetry collection that offers a rare glimpse into Afghan lives.

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