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"There is divine beauty in learning, just as there is human beauty in tolerance. To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps. The books I have read were composed by generations of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, teachers and disciples. I am the sum total of their experiences, their quests. And so are you."

—Elie(zer) Wiesel (b. 1928) Romanian-born writer, lecturer, survivor Nazi camps, Nobel

 

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A Lesson In How Teachers Became 'Resented And Idealized' 
  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:49:00 -0400 
    In The Teacher Wars, Dana Goldstein chronicles the history of the profession and current topics like tenure. She says the idea that teachers can help fight poverty has existed since the 19th century.


Author Charles Cumming Ponders The Seductions — And The Sins — Of Spying 
  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    NPR's Madhulika Sikka profiles Cumming, the author of thoughtful spy sagas like A Colder War. Cumming's books provide plenty of action, but also grapple with the moral quandaries of espionage.


Ghanaian Mystery Writer Says 'It's Easy To Get Murdered In Accra' 
  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:16:00 -0400 
    And, author Kwei Quartey adds, "The police may not find you for a little while." That's why he chose to set his second Detective Inspector Dawson book in Ghana's capital.


'A Thousand Mirrors' Shows Two Views Of One Long, Brutal War 
  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:01:00 -0400 
    In her new novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, Sri Lankan-American author Nayomi Munaweera shows the decades-long Sri Lankan civil war from the perspective of two girls who witness the horror.


This Time It's 'Personal': Lee Child Writes His 19th Jack Reacher Novel 
  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 07:46:00 -0400 
    The retired U.S. military policeman is in pursuit of a sniper in the latest installment of the suspense series. Child says its both fun and challenging to make these novels "the same but different."


'Why Not?' David Mitchell On Mixing Fantasy And Reality In 'Bone Clocks' 
  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 05:20:00 -0400 
    The plotting in Mitchell's new novel isn't quite as complex as in previous works, but it takes an abrupt turn into dystopian fantasy towards the end. "It's what the book wanted to be," he tells NPR.


The Other Rock History 
  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:48:00 -0400 
    What makes an essential rock song? Music journalist Greil Marcus argues that it's not the stature of the performer, but the degree to which a song tells the story of rock 'n' roll itself.


If These Shorts Could Talk ... New Book Tells 'Worn Stories' 
  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:30:00 -0400 
    In her new collection Worn Stories, Emily Spivack compiles odes to beloved pieces of clothing, written by celebrities and fashionistas.


Hip-Hop In Print: Brooklyn Publisher Looks To 'Reverse Gentrify' Literature 
  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 05:23:00 -0400 
    Prodigy, one half of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, is the curator of Infamous Books, an imprint of Brooklyn-based independent publisher Akashic Books. His debut novel H.N.I.C. was published in 2013.


Florida-Grown Fiction: Hiaasen Satirizes The Sunshine State 
  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:14:27 -0400 
    Novelist and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen writes with passion about the state he loves. His book, Bad Monkey, is an offbeat murder mystery set in Key West. Originally broadcast June 13, 2013.


John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, And Lives To Write About It 
  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:14:27 -0400 
    The 68-year-old film director hitchhiked from Baltimore to San Francisco for his book Carsick. He says hitchhiking is "the worst beauty regimen ever." Originally broadcast June 10.


Rep. Ryan Calls For 'Culture Of Inclusion' To Tackle Poverty 
  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:33:00 -0400 
    Congressman and former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan discusses his new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.


Telling Crimea's Story Through Children's Books 
  Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:02:00 -0400 
    Blending history, myth and geopolitics, Lily Hyde uses fairy tales to teach children and young adults about Eastern European history. To cover the current unrest, though, she has put fiction on hold.


Marine Turned Novelist Brings Brutal, Everyday Work Of War Into Focus 
  Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:05:00 -0400 
    Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, served two tours in Iraq. He says, "It was not glamorous and it's not SEAL Team 6; it's just work, and I wanted to tell a story about that."


Mystery Writer Finds Istanbul's Byzantine Past Hiding In Plain Sight 
  Mon, 25 Aug 2014 03:26:00 -0400 
    In The Sultan of Byzantium, Turkish author Selcuk Altun takes his hero into forgotten corners of the city, where once-majestic monuments go unnoticed amid the bustle of daily life.
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