Arts | Books | Nation

Michiko Kakutani, Chief 'Times' Book Critic, Steps Down After Nearly 4 Decades

NPR | July 28, 2017 7:57 a.m.

For 38 years the Pulitzer Prize winner was one of the most influential voices in the world of books. During her tenure, she lauded — or lambasted — just about all of this generation's great writers.

Entertainment | News | Arts | Books | local

Former Oregon Poet Laureate Peter Sears Dies At 80

OPB | July 24, 2017 12:13 p.m. | Portland

He served as Oregon’s Poet Laureate from 2014 to 2016 and was active in the state’s literary community for more than forty years.

News | Education | Books | local

New Mega Library Proposed For East Multnomah County

Pamplin Media Group | July 23, 2017 8:40 a.m.

East Multnomah County will get a large, new, flagship library to rival the big downtown Portland Central Library if the recommendations in a recently-completed comprehensive strategic study come to pass.

Entertainment | World | Books | Health

The Next 'Game of Thrones' Could Be Set In Post-Apocalyptic Africa

NPR | July 23, 2017 4:57 a.m.

HBO has optioned the novel "Who Fears Death" by sci-fi writer Nnedi Okorafor. And the man behind GOT — George R.R. Martin — is at the helm.

News | Politics | Environment | Books

Washington Lawmakers Leave Enviros Feeling Shorted

KUOW/EarthFix | July 21, 2017 5:40 p.m.

Washington’s legislative session did not deliver the money environmentalists wanted for toxic cleanup, oil transportation safety, or natural resources.

Food | Arts | Books | Nation

The Un-Pretty History Of Georgia's Iconic Peach

NPR | July 21, 2017 5 a.m.

The state isn't the biggest producer of the pink-orange fruit. So why are Georgia peaches so iconic? The answer has a lot to do with slavery — its end and a need for the South to rebrand itself.

Arts | Books | Nation

The Poet Bao Phi, On Creating A 'Guidebook' For Young Asian-Americans

NPR | July 20, 2017 8:18 a.m.

When Bao Phi was a child, there was little literature about Vietnamese refugees in the U.S. Phi hopes to change that with his new poetry book Thousand Star Hotel and a forthcoming children's book.

Entertainment | World | Arts | Food | Business | Books | Nation

It Is A Truth Universally Acknowledged That Jane Austen Pairs Well With Tea

NPR | July 19, 2017 6:06 a.m.

Pinkies up, Janeites! We mark the bicentennial of Austen's death with a look at her relationship with a beloved cuppa.

Books | Health | Nation

'Dirt Is Good': Why Kids Need Exposure To Germs

NPR | July 18, 2017 2:47 p.m.

Should I use antibacterial soaps? How often should I bathe my child? Those are just some of the questions Jack Gilbert, a microbiome scientist, answers in his new book.

Business | Arts | Books | World

England Unveils New 10-Pound Note Featuring Jane Austen

NPR | July 18, 2017 8:36 a.m.

The note, which will enter circulation in September, was revealed on the 200th anniversary of Austen's death.


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