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Harvey Weinstein Promises His 'War And Peace' Miniseries Isn't Homework

Weinstein's new miniseries is an updated retelling of Leo Tolstoy's Russian classic. Never mind the daunting page count — "It's got honest-to-God great action, great sex, great love story," he says.

PEN American Center Awards Free-Speech Prize To J.K. Rowling

The PEN/Allen award is given annually to big-name authors who embody the organization's mission "to oppose repression in any form." Rowling is a frequent target — and vocal opponent — of censorship.

Deconstructing Gov. Chris Christie's 'Bridge To Redemption'

Journalist Matt Katz discusses Christie's rise to power in New Jersey, the "Bridgegate" scandal and his performance in the '16 Republican presidential primary. Katz is the author of American Governor.
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Afghanistan's Romeo And Juliet And How They Escaped An Honor Killing

A young Afghan woman defied her parents and chose her own husband. Her family wants to kill her to restore their honor. How this Romeo and Juliet story highlights the struggle for women's rights in the Muslim world.


Move Over, Comic Book Guy: Philly Comics Store Prizes Diversity In Its Heroes

At Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse in Philadelphia, owner Ariell Johnson says diversity isn't just an afterthought. She tells NPR's Michel Martin that new faces keep the heroics interesting.

Passion And Obsession En Pointe In 'Girl Through Glass'

Author Sari Wilson's new novel follows a young dancer in New York City in the 1970s, and a grown professor of dance years later — both of whom find their lives upended by dangerous relationships.

Death Memoirs: Why The Grave Subject Sells So Well

Why do we love to read about dying? NPR's Rachel Martin asks critic Michelle Dean about the enduring popularity of books like "The Last Lecture" and "Tuesdays with Morrie."

Groucho Marx Spared No One — And His Biographer Isn't Pulling Punches, Either

Lee Siegel, author of Groucho Marx: The Comedy of Existence, wanted his biography to uncover the real man behind the iconic mustache. What Siegel found, he says, was "a thoroughgoing misanthrope."

In First Novel, Former Hostage Ingrid Betancourt Tells A Story Of Captivity

The Blue Line follows a woman who is detained during Argentina's Dirty War. Betancourt says writing the novel helped her process the years she spent as a captive of Colombian revolutionaries.

Teaching Kids About Slavery: Picture Books Struggle With The Task

Experts say picture books that whitewash the history of slavery are just a symptom of an adult society. How can we explain it to kids, they argue, if we can't talk about it ourselves?