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With Humor And Sorrow, 'Life After Life' Explores Death

Melissa Block talks with novelist Jill McCorkle about her latest book, Life After Life, which explores the area between life and death through a number of characters attached to a nursing home in a small town.

Chinua Achebe And The Bravery Of Lions

The world-famous Nigerian author Chinua Achebe has died. Annalisa Quinn reflects on the legacy of Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart.

Remembering Chinua Achebe, Who Defended Africa To The World

Chinua Achebe, widely considered the grandfather of modern African literature, has died at the age of 82. His popular book, Things Fall Apart, tackled the effect of colonialism on Africa, and has sold more than 10 million copies. Host Michel Martin is joined by NPR Africa Correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton to look back on his life and work.

Nigeria's Outspoken Writer Chinua Achebe Dies At 82

Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, who played a critical role in establishing post-colonial African literature, has died. The author of Things Fall Apart was 82.

Chinua Achebe, Nigerian Author Of 'Things Fall Apart,' Dies

His seminal work played a critical role in establishing post-colonial African literature. Achebe also taught Africana Studies at Brown University.

Book News: Newly Found Oscar Wilde Letter: 'Sacrifice For Your Art'

Also: The book Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop wins an award for the oddest title of the year; Iraqi poet Dunya Mikhail speaks to NPR; the end of the pronoun "whom."

After Conquering Consoles, Hard-Core Gaming Shifts To Mobile

Gears of War is one of those hard-core military video games with spectacular graphics and epic stories. It's not something you'd expect to work on a smartphone or with a download, but that's just where designers are planning to take these types of games.

Not Doing So 'Boffo,' 'Daily Variety' Drops Print Edition

Showbiz info is everywhere now, making it harder to sustain Hollywood's slang-filled must-read as a daily print publication. The magazine printed its last daily this week but will continue online and in a weekly edition. Cultural historian Neil Gabler explains why this shift is significant.

Tina Fey, Movie Star? Not Quite Yet, She Says

The writer, actor and producer has a starring role in the new movie Admission. She speaks with Linda Wertheimer about comedy, being in control and — now that her long-running sitcom, 30 Rock, has ended — why she really means it when she says she's taking a pause to spend more time with her family.