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Stephen King On Growing Up, Believing In God And Getting Scared 
  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:32:52 -0400 
    "The more carny it got, the better I liked it," King says of his new thriller, Joyland. King talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about his career writing horror, and about what scares him now.

Book News: J.K. Rowling Exposes Origin Of Harry Potter's 'Twee' Nemesis 
  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:33:00 -0400 
    Dolores Umbridge, enemy of the boy wizard, gets profiled in a new story from Rowling on Halloween. Also: Goodnight Moon goes bilingual, and a campaign for diverse books turns to crowd-funding.

Halloween Makes Us Think Of ... Diversity In Romance! 
  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    Romance guru Bobbi Dumas once worked at an international school — and she says the colorful world of the kids' Halloween costumes inspired her to think about diversity in her favorite literature.

'The Book Of Strange New Things' Treads Familiar Territory 
  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:20:00 -0400 
    Michel Faber's best-seller, The Crimson Petal and the White, captured the feel of Victorian London. His latest is a literary science-fiction tale that might disappoint hard core sci-fi fans.

I'm Not Scary, I'm Just Drawn That Way: Great Comics For Halloween 
  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    Ready for a Halloween scare? Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky says these graphic novels and compilations — packed with creepy cults, alien monsters, gravediggers and ghosts — are just the ticket.

The Incredible Story Of Chilean Miners Rescued From The 'Deep Down Dark' 
  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:39:00 -0400 
    Hector Tobar had exclusive access to the 33 miners to report his new book detailing the claustrophobic horror they faced when they were trapped for 69 days in 2010. The result is a doozy.

Book News: Young Adult And Kids' Lit Boost E-Book Revenue 
  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:37:00 -0400 
    From January to July, e-book revenue grew 7.5 percent compared with the same period last year. Also: R.L. Stine tweets a horror, and poets slip into something a bit sexier.

Book Review: 'Belzhar' By Meg Wolitzer 
  Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:38:17 -0400 
    Novelist Gabrielle Zelvin reviews Meg Wolitzer's new young adult book, Belzhar.

A Candid Memoir From Comedian Amy Poehler? 'Yes Please' 
  Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:16:00 -0400 
    Poehler joins Fresh Air's Terry Gross to talk about fighting the body image "demon," being a "world-class snooper" and how she was once told that she had a "great face for wigs."

Book News: 2 Popular Books May Be Coming To TV 
  Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:25:00 -0400 
    Ann Leckie's sci-fi epic Ancillary Justice and Karen Russell's St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves have been optioned for TV. Meanwhile, a long-lost Malcolm Lowry novel sees publication.

'Slow Regard' Is A Riddle, Wrapped In A Mystery, Living In An Underground Tunnel 
  Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:03:14 -0400 
    Patrick Rothfuss' new novella is a dreamy flight of fantasy that follows a secondary character in his vast Kingkiller Chronicle: Auri, a quiet young woman living in a sprawling, secret tunnel network.

The Battle For Dreamland, Revisited In 'Nemo' 
  Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    A lavishly produced new tribute to Winsor McCay's Little Nemo comics gathers dozens of today's artists to revisit Slumberland. Critic Etelka Lehoczky says the book is beautiful but unchallenging.

Book Review: 'Nora Webster' by Colm Toibin 
  Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:22:53 -0400 
    Alan Cheuse reviews a new novel by Colm Toibin, Nora Webster.

75 Years Of 'Colossal Poets' And Live Literature At NYC's 92nd Street Y 
  Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:22:00 -0400 
    Writer Cynthia Ozick attended readings at the Y in the 1950s. "You saw these icons standing in a blaze of brilliant spotlight," she says, "and you felt that you were at the crux of all civilization."

The Man Behind Wonder Woman Was Inspired By Both Suffragists And Centerfolds 
  Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:28:00 -0400 
    Wonder Woman's creator, William Moulton Marston, had a secret life: He had a wife and a mistress and fathered children with both of them. Jill Lepore explains in The Secret History of Wonder Woman.
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