Lynn Neary http://ktep.org en In Dispute With Hachette, Amazon Aims New Volley At Authors http://ktep.org/post/dispute-hachette-amazone-aims-new-volley-authors Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. A fight between Amazon and the publishing company Hachette is getting nastier. Amazon suggested that while talks between the two companies continue, Hachette authors could get 100 percent of the sale price of their e-books. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 44327 at http://ktep.org Authors Take Opposite Sides On Hachette, Amazon Spat http://ktep.org/post/authors-take-opposite-sides-hachette-amazon-spat You might think that all writers would be of the same mind about the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/05/23/315279264/why-some-books-youre-looking-to-buy-on-amazon-arent-there">dispute between Amazon and Hachette Publishing Company</a> over the price of ebooks. Think again. This week two different sets of authors sent open letters to their "readers" urging them to take one side or the other in the ongoing controversy.<p>It all began when the publisher and Amazon were unable to reach an agreement on ebook prices. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 22:34:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 44002 at http://ktep.org Authors Take Opposite Sides On Hachette, Amazon Spat Almost Intermediate: Adults Learn Lessons In 'Late Starters Orchestra' http://ktep.org/post/almost-intermediate-adults-learn-lessons-late-starters-orchestra Transcript <p>LYNN NEARY, HOST: <p>By our measure, Ari Goldman is a successful man. A former New York Times reporter turned college professor, he is deeply religious and a happily married husband and father. But for all of that, there was something missing in his life. Goldman yearned to play a musical instrument.<p>ARI GOLDMAN: The cello is sort of the music of my soul. It's the instrument that speaks most directly to me. I never thought that I would be able to play a cello.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF CELLO)<p>NEARY: Now, Goldman does play. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 43187 at http://ktep.org How Rhythm Carries A Poem, From Head To Heart http://ktep.org/post/how-rhythm-carries-poem-head-heart <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLWlB3ib7ZM</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:33:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 43052 at http://ktep.org How Rhythm Carries A Poem, From Head To Heart From 'The Magic Tree House,' Kids Branch Out To Chapter Books http://ktep.org/post/magic-tree-house-kids-branch-out-chapter-books When Mary Pope Osborne wrote the first set of stories in the <em>Magic Tree House</em> series in 1992, she had a contract for four books, and she figured that would be it. But then she began getting letters from teachers, parents and kids.<p>"Those letters are priceless," she says. "I've memorized so many of them, like: 'Dear Mrs. Osborne, Your books almost made me smart!' or 'Dear Mrs. Osborne, I'm working on my own novel. ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 42873 at http://ktep.org From 'The Magic Tree House,' Kids Branch Out To Chapter Books Court OKs Universities' Quest To Turn To More Digital Copies Of Books http://ktep.org/post/court-oks-universities-quest-turn-more-digital-copies-books A U.S. appeals court has ruled against a group of authors, deciding in favor of a consortium of universities in a case that hinged on copyright law and provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The universities had allowed Google to make digital copies of more than 10 million books so that they could be searchable by specific terms. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 42421 at http://ktep.org Amazon's Pricing Dispute Sets Book Expo Buzzing http://ktep.org/post/amazons-pricing-dispute-sets-book-expo-buzzing The dispute between retail giant Amazon and publisher Hachette was big news at Book Expo America. Writers, publishers and agents are wondering what the rift could mean for the future of books. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:26:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 41899 at http://ktep.org Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86 http://ktep.org/post/maya-angelou-poet-activist-and-singular-storyteller-dies-86 Poet, performer and political activist Maya Angelou has died after a long illness at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86. Born in St. Louis in 1928, Angelou grew up in a segregated society that she worked to change during the civil rights era. Angelou, who refused to speak for much of her childhood, revealed the scars of her past in <em>I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings</em>, the first of a series of memoirs.<p>Growing up in St. Louis, Mo., and Stamps, Ark., she was Marguerite Johnson. It was her brother who first called her Maya, and the name stuck. Wed, 28 May 2014 13:56:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 41548 at http://ktep.org Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86 Larry McMurtry Loves The West, But Knocks The Cowboy Off His High Horse http://ktep.org/post/larry-mcmurtry-loves-west-knocks-cowboy-his-high-horse Larry McMurtry may well be the only Academy Award winner who used some of the precious moments of his acceptance speech to thank booksellers: "From the humblest paperback exchange to the masters of the great bookshops of the world, all are contributors to the survival of the culture of the book, a wonderful culture which we musn't lose," he told the audience in 2006 as he accepted the Oscar for his screenplay for <em>Brokeback Mountain</em> — which was based on a short story.<p>In addition to being a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and an Oscar-winning screenwriter, McMurtry has been a booksel Wed, 07 May 2014 20:59:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 40187 at http://ktep.org Larry McMurtry Loves The West, But Knocks The Cowboy Off His High Horse One NYC Indie Bookstore Survives By Being Small And Specialized http://ktep.org/post/one-nyc-indie-bookstore-survives-being-small-and-specialized New York City's Posman Books is bucking a trend. Other booksellers — both independents and big chains like Barnes & Noble — are closing stores in Manhattan, but Posman is getting ready to open its fourth store in the city. Sat, 03 May 2014 09:40:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 39917 at http://ktep.org One NYC Indie Bookstore Survives By Being Small And Specialized 'Grapes Of Wrath' Is 75, But Its Depictions Of Poverty Are Timeless http://ktep.org/post/grapes-wrath-75-its-depictions-poverty-are-timeless Much has been said and written about the Dust Bowl, but if you want to get a visceral feel for how it all began and the way it affected the people who experienced it, you need go no further than the opening pages of John Steinbeck's <em>The Grapes of Wrath</em>:<p><blockquote><p>Men stood by their fences and looked at the ruined corn, drying fast now, only a little green showing through the film of dust. The men were silent and they did not move often. And the women came out of the houses to stand beside their men — to feel whether this time the men would break. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:23:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 38604 at http://ktep.org 'Grapes Of Wrath' Is 75, But Its Depictions Of Poverty Are Timeless Printing Wikipedia Would Take 1 Million Pages, But That's Sort Of The Point http://ktep.org/post/printing-wikipedia-would-take-1-million-pages-thats-sort-point A German-based group called PediaPress is trying to raise enough money to make a print copy of all of Wikipedia. That's right, Wikipedia, the ever-evolving, always-changing, inherently digital encyclopedia of information gathered by contributors all over the world. To say this would be a massive project is an understatement.<p>One thousand volumes, 1,200 pages each — more than one million pages in all — about 80 meters of shelf space. That's what it would take to make a printed version of Wikipedia. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 09:11:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 37657 at http://ktep.org Printing Wikipedia Would Take 1 Million Pages, But That's Sort Of The Point 'Sous Chef' Reveals The High-Adrenaline Dance Behind Your Dinner http://ktep.org/post/sous-chef-reveals-high-adrenaline-dance-behind-your-dinner A restaurant kitchen at the peak of the dinner rush can be a crazy place — hot, crowded and filled with a kind of intense energy that some people, like Michael Gibney, thrive on. Gibney's been working in restaurants since he was young. In his new book, <em>Sous Chef,</em> Gibney tries to capture the rhythm of the kitchen by taking his readers through one day in the life of a fast-paced New York restaurant.<p>Writing is a new affair for Gibney, but cooking is his first love. He got his start in the restaurant business as a kid, washing dishes. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:55:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 37370 at http://ktep.org 'Sous Chef' Reveals The High-Adrenaline Dance Behind Your Dinner Common Core Creates Opportunities For Publishers http://ktep.org/post/common-core-creates-opportunities-publishers Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne with an opportunity for publishers. Some 45 states and the District of Columbia have now signed onto the new Common Core education standards. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 36940 at http://ktep.org Pew Study: Many Technophiles Also Love Libraries http://ktep.org/post/pew-study-many-technophiles-also-love-libraries You might think that in a world of Google and Wikipedia, people who love technology wouldn't care much about the musty old local public library. But, according to <a href="http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/03/13/library-engagement-typology/">a new report by the Pew Research Internet Project</a>, you'd be wrong.<p>Pew has been studying the changing role of libraries in America in the digital age. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 36624 at http://ktep.org Pew Study: Many Technophiles Also Love Libraries From Uganda To The Midwest, 'All Our Names' Draws Portraits Of Love http://ktep.org/post/uganda-midwest-all-our-names-draws-portraits-love In his latest book, Ethiopian-American writer Dinaw Mengestu explores the nature of loneliness, violence and love. Mengestu is known for his novels about the immigrant experience in this country, but this book, <em>All Our Names</em>, is something of a departure. Much of the story unfolds in Africa and there are two narrators: One is a young man who flees violence and revolution to seek refuge in America, the other is a white woman who has never left the Midwest.<p>In the past, Mengestu says, his novels have dealt with the rupture and sense of loss that accompanies migration. Sat, 08 Mar 2014 12:53:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 36245 at http://ktep.org From Uganda To The Midwest, 'All Our Names' Draws Portraits Of Love When It Comes To Women's Writing, How Do Publications Stack Up? http://ktep.org/post/when-it-comes-womens-writing-how-do-publications-stack If it seems like male authors get more attention, there are hard numbers to back that up: <a href="http://www.vidaweb.org/category/the-count/">The VIDA count.</a><p>VIDA is a women's literary organization, and the "count" is the result of eight months spent tracking gender disparity in leading publications. VIDA tallies the gender of authors whose books are being reviewed as well as the gender of those doing the reviewing.<p>The VIDA numbers have changed very little over the last four years. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 10:09:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 35527 at http://ktep.org When It Comes To Women's Writing, How Do Publications Stack Up? Swoon Reads: The Next Romance Bestseller, Selected By You http://ktep.org/post/swoon-reads-next-romance-bestseller-selected-you The rise of self-publishing has already catapulted a few lucky writers to the top of bestseller lists. And major publishing houses often try to woo these stars into their fold. Swoon Reads, a new young adult romance publisher, is taking this dance a step further. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:12:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 34840 at http://ktep.org Swoon Reads: The Next Romance Bestseller, Selected By You What Wakes B.J. Novak Up In The Middle Of The Night? http://ktep.org/post/what-wakes-bj-novak-middle-night Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>When we talk about a triple threat we're often talking about a versatile athlete. Think about a basketball player who can score, defend, and rebound. In show biz, B. J. Novak may be that triple threat. He can do standup, act, and write successfully in all cases. He got his start doing standup comedy. That led to a job on the hit comedy series "The Office" where he had a regular part and was one of the writers.<p>And now he's put his writing talent to work on one more thing. Literally. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:22:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 33867 at http://ktep.org The Annual Awards For Children's Books Are Out http://ktep.org/post/annual-awards-childrens-books-are-out Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>OK, the Grammy Awards are behind us. The Oscars are around the corner. And now, we have another award that also gets a lot of attention this time of year, from people who love kids' books.<p>The American Library Association has announced this year's Caldecott and Newbery Award winners. NPR's Lynn Neary reports.<p>LYNN NEARY, BYLINE: Kate DiCamillo should be used to accolades by now. She was nominated last year for a National Book Award, and the Library of Congress named her the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:58:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 33637 at http://ktep.org In An Age Of Slavery, Two Women Fight For Their 'Wings' http://ktep.org/post/age-slavery-two-women-fight-their-wings Sue Monk Kidd's new novel is a story told by two women whose lives are wrapped together — beginning, against their wills, when they're young girls. One is a slave; the other, her reluctant owner. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 00:08:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 32407 at http://ktep.org In An Age Of Slavery, Two Women Fight For Their 'Wings' Don't Call It Fanfic: Writers Rework Their Favorite Stories http://ktep.org/post/dont-call-it-fanfic-writers-rework-their-favorite-stories When writers finish a book, they may think they've had the last word. But sometimes another writer will decide there's more to the story. The madwoman Bertha from <em>Jane Eyre</em> and the father in <em>Little Women</em> are just two examples of secondary characters who have been given a fuller life in a new work of fiction based on a classic novel.<p>Many writers are attracted to the world of Jane Austen. Jo Baker is a big fan of <em>Pride and Prejudice</em>, but there was something about the book that bothered her: the servants. Sat, 07 Dec 2013 13:05:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 30418 at http://ktep.org E-Readers Mark A New Chapter In The Developing World http://ktep.org/post/e-readers-mark-new-chapter-developing-world A former Amazon executive who helped Jeff Bezos turn shopping into a digital experience has set out to end illiteracy. David Risher is now the head of Worldreader, a nonprofit organization that brings e-books to kids in developing countries through Kindles and cellphones.<p>Risher was traveling around the world with his family when he got the idea for Worldreader. They were doing volunteer work at an orphanage in Ecuador when he saw a building with a big padlock on the door. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:42:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 30079 at http://ktep.org E-Readers Mark A New Chapter In The Developing World 50 Years After Assassination, Kennedy Books Offer New Analysis http://ktep.org/post/50-years-after-assassination-kennedy-books-offer-new-analysis In the 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the public has never tired of books about the charismatic young president and his tragic death.<p>This year, the market has been particularly flooded with Kennedy books — from glossy photograph collections to serious biographies and histories to a new round of books devoted to conspiracy theories.<p>There were already thousands of books about Kennedy before this 50th anniversary year, but Tony Lyons of Skyhorse Publishing believes there is always room for more. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 21:44:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 29275 at http://ktep.org 50 Years After Assassination, Kennedy Books Offer New Analysis A Panorama Of Devastation: Drawing Of WWI Battle Spans 24 Feet http://ktep.org/post/panorama-devastation-drawing-wwi-battle-spans-24-feet Joe Sacco is a cartoonist, graphic novelist and journalist; he's best-known for his dispatches from today's regions of conflict, like the Middle East and Bosnia, in cartoon form. But for his latest book, <em>The Great War</em>, Sacco turns his eye on history. He's recreated of one of the worst battles of World War I, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, from its hopeful beginning to its brutal end.<p>The book is unconventional in form — it folds out to form a 24-foot-long panorama. Sun, 10 Nov 2013 21:53:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 28737 at http://ktep.org A Panorama Of Devastation: Drawing Of WWI Battle Spans 24 Feet Brick-And-Mortar Bookstores Play The Print Card Against Amazon http://ktep.org/post/brick-and-mortar-bookstores-try-revenge-against-amazon When it comes to book publishing, all we ever seem to hear about is online sales, the growth of e-books and the latest version of a digital book reader. But the fact is, only 20 percent of the book market is e-books; it's still dominated by print. And a recent standoff in the book business shows how good old-fashioned, brick-and-mortar bookstores are still trying to wield their influence in the industry. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 09:48:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 27989 at http://ktep.org Brick-And-Mortar Bookstores Play The Print Card Against Amazon 'A Time To' Revisit Clanton, Miss., In John Grisham's Latest http://ktep.org/post/time-revisit-clanton-miss-john-grishams-latest In his new novel, <em>Sycamore Row</em>, John Grisham returns to a character close to his heart: Jake Brigance. Grisham introduced Jake to readers in his first novel, <em>A Time to Kill</em> — an adaptation of which is opening soon on Broadway.<p>Grisham insists that he didn't plan for his first new Jake Brigance book to come out at the same time as the play. "You know it makes us look real smart," he says. "There is no way, if we had planned, that it would ever happen. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 07:21:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 27268 at http://ktep.org 'A Time To' Revisit Clanton, Miss., In John Grisham's Latest 'Quiet Dell' Revives A Depression-Era Murder Story http://ktep.org/post/quiet-dell-revives-depression-era-murder-story The Quiet Dell murders were among the first big, sensational crime stories of the Depression: A serial killer corresponded with vulnerable widows he met through lonely hearts clubs, then lured them to their deaths.<p>As a child, writer Jayne Anne Phillips learned about the murders from her mother, who was a child in 1931, when the murders took place. Phillips says she didn't talk a lot about the tragedy, but whenever they drove close to where the crime occurred — near Clarksburg, W.Va. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:51:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 27097 at http://ktep.org 'Quiet Dell' Revives A Depression-Era Murder Story New E-Book Lending Service Aims To Be Netflix For Books http://ktep.org/post/new-e-book-lending-service-aims-be-netflix-books Movie lovers have Netflix, music lovers have Spotify — and book lovers (whether they read literary fiction or best-selling potboilers) now have Scribd. The document sharing website has been around since 2007, but this week it launched a subscription service for e-book lending.<p>Though Scribd now has the backing of Big Five publisher HarperCollins, it began as a self-publishing site. CEO and co-founder Trip Adler says his father, a doctor, wanted to publish a medical paper. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 20:05:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 26387 at http://ktep.org New E-Book Lending Service Aims To Be Netflix For Books Tom Clancy Dies, Left 'Indelible Mark' On Thriller Genre http://ktep.org/post/tom-clancy-dies-left-indelible-mark-thriller-genre Best-selling author Tom Clancy has died. He was 66 years old. Beginning with the publication of his 1984 megahit <em>The Hunt for Red October,</em> Clancy wrote a string of blockbuster thrillers inspired by his fascination with military hardware and history.<p>Clancy didn't mince words when he talked to would-be writers. "If your objective is to write a book, get a computer and write the damn book," he told members of the military at a 2004 writing workshop. "Yes, you can do this if you try hard enough. It's a lot easier than you realize it is."<p>Clancy was speaking from experience. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 21:36:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 26251 at http://ktep.org Tom Clancy Dies, Left 'Indelible Mark' On Thriller Genre