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Richard Russo Gives E-Publishing A Try

The author admits he was once weary of e-book publishing, but when he found himself writing a novella — too short for a book, too long for a magazine — he decided to test it out. He says he's happy with the experience, both economically and artistically.
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For Carole King, Songwriting Is A 'Natural' Talent

Carole King wrote songs for others before becoming a performer and writing for herself. In her memoir, A Natural Woman, she details the stories behind some of her most famous songs and her relationships with songwriters like James Taylor, Gerry Goffin and Paul Simon.
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Bookend: Local Author Traces D.C. Influence In New Memoir

Novelist Howard Norman explores how strange experiences — including a murder-suicide in his own home — have shaped his work.

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This Week on Metro Connection: Wild Cards

From alien souvenir stands to clothes diets, we go theme-less in a summer "Wild Cards" show.

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"Born On A Mountaintop:" The Legend Of Davy Crockett (Rebroadcast)

We explore how legend transformed Davy Crockett into a pop culture icon, from the plays and folklore of his time to Disney’s “Crockett craze” in the 1950s and beyond.

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Colum McCann: "TransAtlantic" (Rebroadcast)

Spanning two continents and three centuries, National Book Award winner Colum McCann's latest novel weaves the stories of well-known figures and fictional characters, revealing fiction's role in the telling of history.

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Buying Four Wedding Dresses Made Bride Give Up Mirrors

Fed up with obsessing about her looks, Kjerstin Gruys decided to do something radical: she gave up mirrors for an entire year, including her wedding day. Host Michel Martin talks with Gruys about her new book Mirror, Mirror Off The Wall: How I Learned to Love My Body by Not Looking at It for a Year.
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An Ever-Changing L.A. Links Walter Mosley To His Midcentury P.I.

Six years ago, the mystery writer sent Easy Rawlins off a cliff, seemingly killing him off; now, Easy's back on the streets his creator once called home. Mosley says other than Los Angeles, he and his detective hero don't have much in common, but NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates begs to differ.
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A Mother Rescues Her Daughter From War-Torn Syria

When her abusive ex-husband kidnapped their daughter and returned to Syria, Louise Monaghan went after them. The story of how she escaped with her life and her daughter is the subject of her new book, Stolen.
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Punter Kluwe Muses On Life, The Universe And 'Sparkleponies'

Oakland Raiders punter Chris Kluwe is known for his colorful opinions and his vocal support of gay marriage. His musings are now collected in a new book, Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football and Assorted Absurdities.

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