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Graphic Novel About Holocaust 'Maus' Banned In Russia For Its Cover

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with author and illustrator Art Spiegelman about how his book Maus, the very antithesis of Nazi propaganda, was purged from Moscow stores because of a swastika on the cover.
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'Ashley's War' Details Vital Work Of Female Soldiers In Afghanistan

A new book looks at the women who served alongside elite special operations units in order to connect with a population that was off-limits to male soldiers: Afghan women.
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6 Novelists Withdraw From Event Honoring 'Charlie Hebdo' For Free Speech

Peter Carey and Rachel Kushner are among those who are withdrawing in protest from the PEN American Center's annual gala. Kushner says she is uncomfortable with Charlie Hebdo's "cultural intolerance."
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This Weekend, Investigate The 'Edges' Of Fred Moten's Musical Poetry

In honor of National Poetry Month, our latest Weekend Read is Fred Moten's collection The Little Edges. Poet Douglas Kearney says Moten's power is in his attention to music, both in text and subject.
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The World Music Education of Philip Glass

In his new memoir, Music Without Words, the composer explains how a chance meeting with Ravi Shankar sparked a fascination with the cultures of the world and their music.
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Imagining The Power Of Edouard Manet's 'Very Active Muse'

Maureen Gibbon's new novel, Paris Red, delves into the life of Victorine Meurent, Manet's favorite model and the central figure in some of his most famous paintings.
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It's The Fuzz! Cat Detective Swipes A Claw At Crime In 'William'

When the Mona Cheesa goes missing in Paris, "international cat of mystery" William is called in on the case. Helen Hancocks joins NPR's Scott Simon to talk about William & the Missing Masterpiece.
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Don't Take His Stapler: 'Paper Clip' Author's Passion For Office Supplies

James Ward's new book stems from a lifelong love of Post-it notes, pencils and paper clips. He tells NPR's Melissa Block that they remind him of his school days, when life was less complicated.
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'Pope And Mussolini' Tells The 'Secret History' Of Fascism And The Church

Historian David Kertzer says the Catholic Church lent organizational strength and moral legitimacy to Mussolini's fascist regime. Kertzer recently won a Pulitzer Prize for his book.
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Rejected Decades Ago, Publisher Can't Keep 'Pioneer Girl' In Stock

In the 1930s, unknown author Laura Ingalls Wilder couldn't find a publisher for her memoir, Pioneer Girl. Instead, she and her daughter turned the stories into a series of Little House books.

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