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From 'Game Of Thrones' Pitch Letter: No One Is Safe

A 22-year-old book proposal from George R.R. Martin to his publisher gives host Scott Simon a window into the early plotlines of the Game of Thrones fantasy series.

'Alphabetical' Tells The Story Behind Every Letter, A To Z

There are 26 letters in the English alphabet. But how did they get there, and why do they look the way they do? Michael Rosen looks for answers in his new book Alphabetical.

An Expansive View Of Vietnam In 'She Weeps Each Time You're Born'

Poet and author Quan Barry — born in Vietnam but raised in America — says she wants her new novel to help get rid of some of the preconceptions Americans have about Vietnam as a quagmire.

On Board A City Bus, A Little Boy Finds The Route To Gratitude

In Last Stop on Market Street, a little boy goes on a journey with his grandmother. Along the way he meets many interesting passengers and learns to recognize the blessings right in front of him.

In 'Red Notice,' Success Draws Treachery, Tragedy In Putin's Russia

Robert Siegel talks to Bill Browder, an American financier who was expelled from post-Soviet Russia and saw an attempt to claim his company devolve into a deadly bureaucratic and legal farce.

Novelist's 'Disgruntled' Heroine Is Drawn From Her Own Childhood

Asali Solomon's novel is about a girl growing up in West Philadelphia whose parents were black nationalists. "My parents taught us to revere Africa — people at school made fun of Africa," she says.

Harper Lee's Friend Says Author Is Hard Of Hearing, Sound Of Mind

News of a second novel has raised concerns that the To Kill a Mockingbird author is being taken advantage of in her old age. But friend Wayne Flynt says Lee, 88, can "understand what's going on."

ABC Tones Down Author's 'Fresh Off The Boat' For Sitcom Audience

ABC will break an important boundary in television Wednesday night with the debut of Fresh Off the Boat. It's the first network sitcom in two decades to star an Asian-American family.

Drift Away Into The Not-Quite-Dreamy Logic Of 'Get In Trouble'

Kelly Link says the stories in her new collection Get in Trouble employ "night time logic." It's not quite dream logic, she tells NPR — nonsensical, but it has "a kind of emotional truth to it."

55 Years After 'To Kill A Mockingbird', Harper Lee To Release New Novel

The publisher Harper is releasing a new book by Harper in July — Harper Lee that is. It's a follow-up to To Kill A Mockingbird, though it was actually written first.