E.B. White's classic children's book is ostensibly about a spider and a pig. But author Michael Sims says the story is really about the barn the critters live in, based on a real barn on White's Maine farm.
Guest host Celeste Headlee reads an excerpt from a standout submission to our Three-Minute Fiction contest, Garage Sale Savior, by George Medicus of Stevensville, Md. George's full story can be read below and others can be found at wwww.npr.org/threeminutefiction.
The musician and educator spent six years as Ira Gershwin's cataloger and archivist. His experience forms the basis of a new book, The Gershwins and Me, in which he explores George and Ira's work and influence.
The Backseat Book Club will return with Anna Sewell's novel, Black Beauty. Michele Norris will talk to author Jane Smiley who, in addition to winning a Pulitzer prize for adult literature, has written kids books starring horses.
Chinese writer Mo Yan is the 2012 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. The 57-year-old writer has been compared to — and was inspired by — William Faulkner because of the way Mo creates an imaginary place and characters out of his hometown. He is a state-approved writer but some say there are subtle layers of social commentary in his writing.
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