Petra Mayer http://nwpr.org en History In The Groove: Q&A With Author (And 78 Collector) Amanda Petrusich http://nwpr.org/post/history-groove-qa-author-and-78-collector-amanda-petrusich If you've ever enjoyed the ghostly weird-old-America wail of Robert Johnson, the deep blues of Charley Patton or Skip James' guitar wizardry, you can thank the 78 collecting community — those dedicated (okay, obsessive) folks who hunt down the rare old shellac records that hold so much of our musical past.<p>78s — named for the speed at which they revolve — are the distant ancestors of today's digitally downloaded singles. They passed out of use in the late 1940s, but still turn up occasionally at rural flea markets and in dusty cartons under forgotten beds. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 49002 at http://nwpr.org History In The Groove: Q&A With Author (And 78 Collector) Amanda Petrusich Questions For Earl Swift, Author Of 'Auto Biography' http://nwpr.org/post/questions-earl-swift-author-auto-biography This '57 Chevy station wagon was once pristine, the epitome of American automotive glory: two-tone green, with sweeping fins and enough chrome to blind pedestrians. But by the time journalist Earl Swift came across it, those days were gone, and it was subsiding gently into a heap of rust and torn upholstery.<p>Then a newspaper reporter in Norfolk, Va., Swift had been looking for a local car with a story to tell, but it hadn't been an easy search. "I experienced a slew of false starts," he told me via email. Sun, 11 May 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 45798 at http://nwpr.org Questions For Earl Swift, Author Of 'Auto Biography' 'Traveling Pants' Author Tries Traveling In Time http://nwpr.org/post/traveling-pants-author-tries-traveling-time Author Ann Brashares became a young adult superstar more than a decade ago with the <em>Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants</em>, a feel-good series of books about the adventures of four best friends and a really great pair of jeans. It was eventually made into a couple of movies.<p>Brashares' new book, <em>The Here and Now</em>, ventures into unfamiliar territory for her: a dystopian future of "blood plagues" and time travel. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 44651 at http://nwpr.org 'Traveling Pants' Author Tries Traveling In Time NPR NSFW? Checking Out The Sexy Books On Mobile http://nwpr.org/post/npr-nsfw-checking-out-sexy-books-mobile <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydrtF45-y-g</p> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 38794 at http://nwpr.org NPR NSFW? Checking Out The Sexy Books On Mobile Allons-y! Why We've Been Traveling With 'Doctor Who' For 50 Years http://nwpr.org/post/allons-y-why-weve-been-traveling-doctor-who-50-years This afternoon, millions of fez-wearing fans around the world will tune in to a very special episode of <em>Doctor Who</em>. The venerable British sci-fi series turns 50 today — though the time traveling alien Doctor himself is probably somewhere on the wrong side of 1,000.<p>From scrappy, low-budget beginnings (bubble-wrap monsters, anyone?), <em>Doctor Who</em> has become a global phenomenon. Only soap operas can match it for longevity and popularity. So what's the secret to the Doctor's appeal?<p>Well, let's start with a ringtone — mine, to be exact. Sat, 23 Nov 2013 09:21:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 37749 at http://nwpr.org Allons-y! Why We've Been Traveling With 'Doctor Who' For 50 Years 'Boxers & Saints' & Compassion: Questions For Gene Luen Yang http://nwpr.org/post/boxers-saints-compassion-questions-gene-luen-yang Gene Luen Yang broke out in 2006 with <em>American Born Chinese</em>, the first graphic novel nominated for a National Book Award. It weaves three stories — about a Chinese-American boy, a terrible stereotype named Chin-Kee and the mythical Monkey King — into a complex tapestry of identity and assimilation.<p>Yang returns to the theme of identity and sense of self in his latest book, another National Book Award candidate. <em>Boxers & Saints</em> is a diptych following a Chinese boy and girl as their lives are upended by the Boxer Rebellion. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 36232 at http://nwpr.org 'Boxers & Saints' & Compassion: Questions For Gene Luen Yang Did The Cat Eat Your Gymsuit? Then These Books Are For You http://nwpr.org/post/did-cat-eat-your-gymsuit-then-these-books-are-you Young adult literature is big business right now; bookstores and movie theaters are full of titles like <em>The Hunger Games</em>, <em>Divergent</em> and<em> The Fault in Our Stars</em>.<p>So what better time to look at the original golden age of YA literature? Author — and occasional NPR reviewer — Lizzie Skurnick has written for and about teens, and now she's starting her own imprint, dedicated to publishing beloved and forgotten YA books from the 1930s through the 1980s — including, let's be truthful, some that made me squeal with excitement when I saw them on her bookshelf. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 02:09:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 35078 at http://nwpr.org Did The Cat Eat Your Gymsuit? Then These Books Are For You Questions For Hugh Howey, Author Of 'WOOL' http://nwpr.org/post/questions-hugh-howey-author-wool <strong></strong>After a varied career as a computer repairman and yacht captain, Hugh Howey turned his hand to writing. He'd self-published several novels and stories when the sci-fi dystopia <em>WOOL</em>, originally just a novella, found sudden runaway success in 2011. Howey found himself writing sequel after sequel to keep up with reader demand — the latest volume, <em>Dust</em>, was released in August.<p>Over email, Howey describes <em>WOOL</em> as "like the TV show <em>Lost</em>, except with an ending that makes sense. Sat, 31 Aug 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 33574 at http://nwpr.org Questions For Hugh Howey, Author Of 'WOOL' Fans Are Like Friends To 'Reigning Queen' Of Women's Fiction http://nwpr.org/post/fans-are-friends-reigning-queen-womens-fiction Go to your nearest paperback rack, and odds are, you'll see two or three, or four, or — well, a lot of books by Debbie Macomber, an author <em>The Sacramento Bee</em> has dubbed "the reigning queen of women's fiction."<p>Macomber has 170 million books in print; the newest, <em>Rose Harbor in Bloom</em>, has just been released. Sun, 18 Aug 2013 18:22:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 32742 at http://nwpr.org Fans Are Like Friends To 'Reigning Queen' Of Women's Fiction What If The X-Men Were Real? Q&A With Marcus Sakey, Author Of 'Brilliance' http://nwpr.org/post/what-if-x-men-were-real-qa-marcus-sakey-author-brilliance What if the X-Men were real? And what if they weren't mutants in spandex, but people like you and me and Bob in accounting, just endowed with superhuman talents for things like pattern recognition, programming and strategy?<p>That's the premise of Marcus Sakey's new novel, <em>Brilliance</em> — yes, "brilliants" are among us, and their outsize abilities have knocked our society off balance. One brilliant money whiz has broken the stock market. Others have jumped medical research forward by decades in just a few years. Sat, 27 Jul 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 31710 at http://nwpr.org What If The X-Men Were Real? Q&A With Marcus Sakey, Author Of 'Brilliance'