Karen Russell http://nwpr.org en In Karen Russell's World, Sleep Is For The Lucky Few http://nwpr.org/post/karen-russells-world-sleep-lucky-few Getting much sleep lately? The citizens of Karen Russell's dystopian novella, <em>Sleep Donation</em>, haven't been getting any. It's the near future, and America has been suffering from an insomnia crisis where hundreds of thousands of cases are terminal. And so an agency called Slumber Corps has been established to battle the problem.<p>Russell begins with this Philip K. Dickian premise and enthusiastically runs with it. What if sleep were a commodity? And what if we could barter with it? Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:14:00 +0000 editor 43428 at http://nwpr.org In Karen Russell's World, Sleep Is For The Lucky Few 'Sleep Donation': A Dark, Futuristic Lullaby For Insomniacs http://nwpr.org/post/sleep-donation-dark-futuristic-lullaby-insomniacs Imagine an America that has been plagued for years by a mysterious epidemic of insomnia — an affliction so serious that many are dying from lack of sleep. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:50:00 +0000 editor 43406 at http://nwpr.org 'Sleep Donation': A Dark, Futuristic Lullaby For Insomniacs Infectious Collections: Stories And Poems To Convert Any Reader http://nwpr.org/post/infectious-collections-stories-and-poems-convert-any-reader This post is for everyone who passes right by the poetry section; all the bookish types who haven't read a short story since graduation. We know you're out there — and you're <a href="http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/tip-sheet/article/54509-the-state-of-the-short-story.html">not</a> <a href="http://www.newsweek.com/poetry-readership-16-year-low-verse-dying-76433">alone</a>.<p>I'm talking to you, folks who love literature — novel-devourers, nonfiction lovers, proud wearers-out of library cards — but just not <em>collections</em>. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 13:57:00 +0000 Camila Domonoske 39027 at http://nwpr.org Infectious Collections: Stories And Poems To Convert Any Reader Need A Read? Here Are Maureen Corrigan's Favorite Books Of 2013 http://nwpr.org/post/need-read-here-are-maureen-corrigans-favorite-books-2013 First, a word about this list: It's honestly just a fluke that my best books rundown for 2013 is so gender-biased. I didn't deliberately set out this year to read so many terrific books by women.<p>Let's start with Alice McDermott. Without ever hamming up the humility, McDermott's latest novel, <a href="http://www.npr.org/books/titles/217326328/someone" target="_blank">Someone</a>, tells the life story of an ordinary woman named Marie who comes of age in mid-20th-century Brooklyn and works for a time in a funeral parlor. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 18:19:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 38557 at http://nwpr.org Need A Read? Here Are Maureen Corrigan's Favorite Books Of 2013 Book News: Author Says Dave Eggers' New Book Rips Off Her Work http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-author-says-dave-eggers-new-book-rips-her-work <em>(This post was updated at 10 a.m.)</em><p><em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Kate Losse, author of <em>The Boy Kings</em>, a memoir about working at Facebook, has accused Dave Eggers of "ripping off" her story in his new novel <em>The Circle</em>, which is also set in the tech world. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 14:07:00 +0000 editor 35169 at http://nwpr.org Book News: Author Says Dave Eggers' New Book Rips Off Her Work Book News: Donald Antrim, Karen Russell Win 'Genius Grant' Awards http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-donald-antrim-karen-russell-win-genius-grant-awards <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Authors Karen Russell and Donald Antrim are among <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/25/226034788/latest-macarthur-geniuses-include-sound-savior">24 MacArthur "genius" fellows</a> announced Wednesday morning (though the news leaked on Tuesday evening). The $625,000 grants from the John D. and Catherine T. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:25:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 34798 at http://nwpr.org Book News: Donald Antrim, Karen Russell Win 'Genius Grant' Awards