Lynn Neary http://apr.org en Travel Disasters Bring Out The Best, The Worst ... And The Cannibalism http://apr.org/post/travel-disasters-bring-out-best-worst-and-cannibalism Author Sarah Lotz is terrified of flying, so naturally every time she gets on a plane she imagines the worst. "I imagine how it's going to smell if things start burning," she says. "I imagine the <em>thunk</em> of luggage falling out of the compartments at the top. ... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:29:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 55771 at http://apr.org Travel Disasters Bring Out The Best, The Worst ... And The Cannibalism Writer Nadine Gordimer Captured Apartheid's Contradictions http://apr.org/post/writer-nadine-gordimer-captured-apartheids-contradictions South African writer Nadine Gordimer, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1991, died Sunday at the age of 90. Gordimer merged the personal and political to create a compelling portrait of the injustice of life under apartheid.<p>She was born in 1923 to a mother whose family came to South Africa from Britain and a Jewish father who had lived under oppression in his native Lithuania. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:24:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 55766 at http://apr.org Writer Nadine Gordimer Captured Apartheid's Contradictions In Dispute With Hachette, Amazon Aims New Volley At Authors http://apr.org/post/dispute-hachette-amazone-aims-new-volley-authors Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. A fight between Amazon and the publishing company Hachette is getting nastier. Amazon suggested that while talks between the two companies continue, Hachette authors could get 100 percent of the sale price of their e-books. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 55433 at http://apr.org Authors Take Opposite Sides On Hachette, Amazon Spat http://apr.org/post/authors-take-opposite-sides-hachette-amazon-spat You might think that all writers would be of the same mind about the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/05/23/315279264/why-some-books-youre-looking-to-buy-on-amazon-arent-there">dispute between Amazon and Hachette Publishing Company</a> over the price of ebooks. Think again. This week two different sets of authors sent open letters to their "readers" urging them to take one side or the other in the ongoing controversy.<p>It all began when the publisher and Amazon were unable to reach an agreement on ebook prices. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 22:34:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 55122 at http://apr.org Authors Take Opposite Sides On Hachette, Amazon Spat Almost Intermediate: Adults Learn Lessons In 'Late Starters Orchestra' http://apr.org/post/almost-intermediate-adults-learn-lessons-late-starters-orchestra Transcript <p>LYNN NEARY, HOST: <p>By our measure, Ari Goldman is a successful man. A former New York Times reporter turned college professor, he is deeply religious and a happily married husband and father. But for all of that, there was something missing in his life. Goldman yearned to play a musical instrument.<p>ARI GOLDMAN: The cello is sort of the music of my soul. It's the instrument that speaks most directly to me. I never thought that I would be able to play a cello.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF CELLO)<p>NEARY: Now, Goldman does play. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 54354 at http://apr.org How Rhythm Carries A Poem, From Head To Heart http://apr.org/post/how-rhythm-carries-poem-head-heart <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLWlB3ib7ZM</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:33:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 54243 at http://apr.org How Rhythm Carries A Poem, From Head To Heart From 'The Magic Tree House,' Kids Branch Out To Chapter Books http://apr.org/post/magic-tree-house-kids-branch-out-chapter-books When Mary Pope Osborne wrote the first set of stories in the <em>Magic Tree House</em> series in 1992, she had a contract for four books, and she figured that would be it. But then she began getting letters from teachers, parents and kids.<p>"Those letters are priceless," she says. "I've memorized so many of them, like: 'Dear Mrs. Osborne, Your books almost made me smart!' or 'Dear Mrs. Osborne, I'm working on my own novel. ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 54071 at http://apr.org From 'The Magic Tree House,' Kids Branch Out To Chapter Books Court OKs Universities' Quest To Turn To More Digital Copies Of Books http://apr.org/post/court-oks-universities-quest-turn-more-digital-copies-books A U.S. appeals court has ruled against a group of authors, deciding in favor of a consortium of universities in a case that hinged on copyright law and provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The universities had allowed Google to make digital copies of more than 10 million books so that they could be searchable by specific terms. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 53638 at http://apr.org Amazon's Pricing Dispute Sets Book Expo Buzzing http://apr.org/post/amazons-pricing-dispute-sets-book-expo-buzzing The dispute between retail giant Amazon and publisher Hachette was big news at Book Expo America. Writers, publishers and agents are wondering what the rift could mean for the future of books. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 53124 at http://apr.org Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86 http://apr.org/post/maya-angelou-poet-activist-and-singular-storyteller-dies-86 Poet, performer and political activist Maya Angelou has died after a long illness at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86. Born in St. Louis in 1928, Angelou grew up in a segregated society that she worked to change during the civil rights era. Angelou, who refused to speak for much of her childhood, revealed the scars of her past in <em>I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings</em>, the first of a series of memoirs.<p>Growing up in St. Louis, Mo., and Stamps, Ark., she was Marguerite Johnson. It was her brother who first called her Maya, and the name stuck. Wed, 28 May 2014 14:06:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 52796 at http://apr.org Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86 Larry McMurtry Loves The West, But Knocks The Cowboy Off His High Horse http://apr.org/post/larry-mcmurtry-loves-west-knocks-cowboy-his-high-horse Larry McMurtry may well be the only Academy Award winner who used some of the precious moments of his acceptance speech to thank booksellers: "From the humblest paperback exchange to the masters of the great bookshops of the world, all are contributors to the survival of the culture of the book, a wonderful culture which we musn't lose," he told the audience in 2006 as he accepted the Oscar for his screenplay for <em>Brokeback Mountain</em> — which was based on a short story.<p>In addition to being a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and an Oscar-winning screenwriter, McMurtry has been a booksel Wed, 07 May 2014 20:29:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 51514 at http://apr.org Larry McMurtry Loves The West, But Knocks The Cowboy Off His High Horse One NYC Indie Bookstore Survives By Being Small And Specialized http://apr.org/post/one-nyc-indie-bookstore-survives-being-small-and-specialized New York City's Posman Books is bucking a trend. Other booksellers — both independents and big chains like Barnes & Noble — are closing stores in Manhattan, but Posman is getting ready to open its fourth store in the city. Sat, 03 May 2014 09:40:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 51268 at http://apr.org One NYC Indie Bookstore Survives By Being Small And Specialized 'Grapes Of Wrath' Is 75, But Its Depictions Of Poverty Are Timeless http://apr.org/post/grapes-wrath-75-its-depictions-poverty-are-timeless Much has been said and written about the Dust Bowl, but if you want to get a visceral feel for how it all began and the way it affected the people who experienced it, you need go no further than the opening pages of John Steinbeck's <em>The Grapes of Wrath</em>:<p><blockquote><p>Men stood by their fences and looked at the ruined corn, drying fast now, only a little green showing through the film of dust. The men were silent and they did not move often. And the women came out of the houses to stand beside their men — to feel whether this time the men would break. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:23:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 50124 at http://apr.org 'Grapes Of Wrath' Is 75, But Its Depictions Of Poverty Are Timeless Printing Wikipedia Would Take 1 Million Pages, But That's Sort Of The Point http://apr.org/post/printing-wikipedia-would-take-1-million-pages-thats-sort-point A German-based group called PediaPress is trying to raise enough money to make a print copy of all of Wikipedia. That's right, Wikipedia, the ever-evolving, always-changing, inherently digital encyclopedia of information gathered by contributors all over the world. To say this would be a massive project is an understatement.<p>One thousand volumes, 1,200 pages each — more than one million pages in all — about 80 meters of shelf space. That's what it would take to make a printed version of Wikipedia. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 09:11:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 49289 at http://apr.org Printing Wikipedia Would Take 1 Million Pages, But That's Sort Of The Point 'Sous Chef' Reveals The High-Adrenaline Dance Behind Your Dinner http://apr.org/post/sous-chef-reveals-high-adrenaline-dance-behind-your-dinner A restaurant kitchen at the peak of the dinner rush can be a crazy place — hot, crowded and filled with a kind of intense energy that some people, like Michael Gibney, thrive on. Gibney's been working in restaurants since he was young. In his new book, <em>Sous Chef,</em> Gibney tries to capture the rhythm of the kitchen by taking his readers through one day in the life of a fast-paced New York restaurant.<p>Writing is a new affair for Gibney, but cooking is his first love. He got his start in the restaurant business as a kid, washing dishes. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 49044 at http://apr.org 'Sous Chef' Reveals The High-Adrenaline Dance Behind Your Dinner