John Steinbeck http://nwpr.org en For Chris O'Dowd, 'Of Mice And Men' Is More Than An American Story http://nwpr.org/post/chris-odowd-mice-and-men-more-american-story John Steinbeck's <em>Of Mice and Men</em> — about George and Lennie, two laborers and unlikely friends during the Great Depression — may seem like a quintessentially American story. But Irish actor Chris O'Dowd, who plays Lennie in a new Broadway production the novella, says Steinbeck is "quite oddly" very popular in Ireland.<p>There's something about <em>Of Mice and Men</em> that appeals to the Irish people, O'Dowd tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:40:00 +0000 NPR Staff 44707 at http://nwpr.org For Chris O'Dowd, 'Of Mice And Men' Is More Than An American Story Book Club Meeting: Come Talk About 'Grapes Of Wrath,' Chapters 11-20 http://nwpr.org/post/book-club-meeting-come-talk-about-grapes-wrath-chapters-11-20 We made it to California! And if you're reading along, you, like us, are two-thirds of the way through John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl classic. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:02:00 +0000 editor 43345 at http://nwpr.org Book Club Meeting: Come Talk About 'Grapes Of Wrath,' Chapters 11-20 Book Club Meeting: Come Talk About Steinbeck's 'Grapes Of Wrath' http://nwpr.org/post/book-club-meets-today-come-talk-about-steinbecks-grapes-wrath Late last week, an email exchange between NPR Books' team members went something like this:<p><blockquote><p><strong>Camila:</strong> OH MY GOD PIGS EAT BABIES!?!?<p><strong>Nicole:</strong> YUP. But then, later, people eat pigs. So, does that make them even?<p><strong>Colin:</strong> I trust this isn't a spoiler. Ahem.<p><strong>Tanya:</strong> SPOILERS PEOPLE.<p><strong>Camila:</strong> Not a spoiler cus it's NOT EVEN A BIG DEAL. That's the worst part. It's just like "Oh yeah, remember the time that pig ate that baby? Mon, 03 Mar 2014 20:07:00 +0000 editor 42238 at http://nwpr.org Book Club Meeting: Come Talk About Steinbeck's 'Grapes Of Wrath' Last Chance To Read 'Grapes Of Wrath' Before It Turns 75 http://nwpr.org/post/last-chance-read-grapes-wrath-it-turns-75 John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl saga has been on required reading lists for decades, but somehow a lot of us at <a href="http://www.npr.org/books/" target="_blank">NPR Books</a> have never read it. (We know! Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:03:00 +0000 editor 41601 at http://nwpr.org Last Chance To Read 'Grapes Of Wrath' Before It Turns 75 Book News: Italy Has A New Reality Show — For Writers http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-italy-has-new-reality-show-writers <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>An Italian reality show called <em>Masterpiece</em> that premieres Sunday <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/14/arts/television/masterpiece-an-italian-reality-show-for-writers.html">pits authors against one another to win a book deal</a>. The contestants are given writing challenges and then timed as they type, with their words projected on screens for the audience to see as a clock counts down. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:28:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 37314 at http://nwpr.org Former Steinbeck Boat Waits In Port Townsend Dry-Dock Limbo http://nwpr.org/post/former-steinbeck-boat-waits-port-townsend-dry-dock-limbo <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/08/080213TB_Steinbeck_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a> <P><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">The Port of Port Townsend, Wash., is providing a temporary home to a piece of literary history. But the dry-docked sardine fishing boat once chartered by the writer John Steinbeck faces an uncertain fate.&#160;</SPAN></P> <P>The 76-foot boat's original name was the Western Flyer. Fri, 02 Aug 2013 22:57:09 +0000 Tom Banse 31953 at http://nwpr.org Former Steinbeck Boat Waits In Port Townsend Dry-Dock Limbo