Author Interviews

3:07pm

Sat August 24, 2013
Author Interviews

'The Blessing Cup': Polacco And Her Family Of Storytellers

Originally published on Sun August 25, 2013 9:17 am

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

Patricia Polacco has written and illustrated more than 90 picture books. Her young readers are drawn to her stories about family and growing up. She has won many awards for her illustrations, which are done in gorgeous, full watercolor. Polacco's latest book is called The Blessing Cup.

Polacco tells NPR's Jacki Lyden that early life had a profound effect on her work. Many of her books feature her grandmother, called "Babushka" in Yiddish, and take place on her grandmother's farm in Michigan.

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4:23am

Sat August 24, 2013
Author Interviews

Sisterly Conflict Against A Great War Backdrop In 'Daughters Of Mars'

Originally published on Sat August 24, 2013 9:39 am

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Naomi and Sally Durance are heroes of the Great War, that war which was supposed to end all wars. It didn't, but it did help these two Australian sisters overcome sibling suspicion and grow closer to each other.

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3:06pm

Sun August 18, 2013
Author Interviews

A Dystopian View Of America's 'Fallen' Suburbs

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 4:03 pm

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The suburbs can be a creepy place. And they are at their creepiest in Patrick Flanery's new novel, Fallen Land. Set outside an unnamed American city, this dark and complex thriller plays out in a half-built subdivision where construction ground to a halt during the housing crisis.

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9:47am

Sun August 18, 2013
Arts & Life

An Adventurer Returns To The Dungeon In 'Dice And Men'

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 2:07 pm

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Author David Ewalt was in the fourth grade when he got hooked on Dungeons & Dragons.

"I was at one of my friends' houses on a weekend after school. And he broke out this weird game," Ewalt tells NPR's Rachel Martin. "[He] said 'hey, do you guys want to fight some monsters and explore a dungeon?'"

Now a grown man, Ewalt still can't help but spread the good word about the game. He's written a new book about it, called Of Dice and Men.

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3:57pm

Sat August 17, 2013
Author Interviews

What Drove Wild West's Jesse James To Become An Outlaw?

Jesse James, seen here in his 1874 wedding portrait, fought in the American Civil War before he formed a gang and started robbing banks.
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Tales of Jesse James's exploits have grown to almost mythological proportions since the actual man and his gang galloped over the plains stealing horses, holding up trains, and robbing banks in the years after the Civil War. Shot All To Hell: Jesse James, The Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's Greatest Escape is a new book about the legendary man.

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