Lynn Neary http://nwpr.org en Travel Disasters Bring Out The Best, The Worst ... And The Cannibalism http://nwpr.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 14:23:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 49058 at http://nwpr.org Travel Disasters Bring Out The Best, The Worst ... And The Cannibalism Writer Nadine Gordimer Captured Apartheid's Contradictions http://nwpr.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 22:01:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 49023 at http://nwpr.org Writer Nadine Gordimer Captured Apartheid's Contradictions In Dispute With Hachette, Amazon Aims New Volley At Authors http://nwpr.org/post/dispute-hachette-amazon-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. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:22:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 48806 at http://nwpr.org Authors Take Opposite Sides On Hachette, Amazon Spat http://nwpr.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 48490 at http://nwpr.org Authors Take Opposite Sides On Hachette, Amazon Spat Almost Intermediate: Adults Learn Lessons In 'Late Starters Orchestra' http://nwpr.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 47864 at http://nwpr.org Court OKs Universities' Quest To Turn To More Digital Copies Of Books http://nwpr.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 21:43:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 47268 at http://nwpr.org Amazon's Pricing Dispute Sets Book Expo Buzzing http://nwpr.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 20:26:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 46878 at http://nwpr.org Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86 http://nwpr.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 46609 at http://nwpr.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://nwpr.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 23:58:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 45594 at http://nwpr.org Larry McMurtry Loves The West, But Knocks The Cowboy Off His High Horse Larry McMurtry Loves The West, But Knocks The Cowboy Off His High Horse http://nwpr.org/post/larry-mcmurtry-loves-west-knocks-cowboy-his-high-horse-0 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 23:58:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 45595 at http://nwpr.org Larry McMurtry Loves The West, But Knocks The Cowboy Off His High Horse