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Over 900 Authors Lend Their Names To A Letter Backing Hachette

Douglas Preston wrote an open letter supporting book publisher Hachette in its dispute with Amazon, which has since spread among his readers and throughout the literary community. More than 900 other writers have signed on, including John Grisham and Stephen King.
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Amazon and the Pricing War Over E-Books

A heated dispute between Amazon and the publisher Hachette over the price of e-books has raged the past several months. Now some 900 authors, including bestsellers Stephen King and John Grisham, are weighing in with a letter to Amazon...

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For Novelist Jonathan Lethem, Radicalism Runs In The Family

His new book, Dissident Gardens, follows three generations of an activist family. The book is fiction, but its characters were inspired by Lethem's own story. Originally broadcast Sept. 9, 2013.
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American Cool

An exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery explores the concept of cool through photographs of 100 Americans with the style, originality and talent to become a cultural icon.

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Aye, Sassenach — Gabaldon's Appeal Is Timeless

Twenty years ago, Diana Gabaldon's time-travel epic Outlander shot to the top of the best-seller lists — and stayed there. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates digs into the enduring potency of Gabaldon's magic.
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Book Review: 'A Colder War'

Charles Cumming hooks NPR book reviewer Alan Cheuse with his latest spy novel, A Colder War.
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American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt

From the Boston Tea Party to rock 'n roll, Americans have always taken their fun seriously. A new books reveals the spirit of joyous rebellion going back to the Pilgrims.

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Mystery Writer Evokes The Sights, Sound And Grime Of 1970s New York

Lawrence Block published the first book of his Matthew Scudder mystery series in 1976. He says when it came to crime fiction inspiration, "the city never failed me. It always provided something."
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The Ebola Outbreak: 'A Dress Rehearsal For The Next Big One'

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is spreading at a frightening rate. To find out why this outbreak has been so deadly and what may lie ahead, we spoke with science writer David Quammen.
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With Magic And Fables, 'Angel Of Losses' Breathes Life Into History

Stephanie Feldman's debut novel is about Jewish folk tales and family history. It's also an exploration of the inheritance of loss and the guilt of survival as it is passed down through generations.

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