Books

AP
November 26, 2014 | NPR · Even as public schools in the area closed amid protests, the Ferguson Public Library stayed open for local students and readers. Onlookers have responded with an outpouring of donations.
 

November 26, 2014 | NPR · Cold, dark winter nights are the perfect time to dip into Gemma Files’ chilling new story collection, We Will All Go Down Together. Critic Jason Heller praises Files’ “ghostly, magical storytelling.”
 

Riverhead
November 25, 2014 | NPR · Years after her grandfather’s death, Sarah Wildman discovered letters from a young woman he’d left behind in Vienna in the 1930s. So Wildman set out to find her grandfather’s true love.
 

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November 25, 2014 | NPR · The University of Texas, Austin nabbed the rights to preserve and present the late Nobel winner’s collected writings. Also: HBO takes on Scientology, and Aretha Franklin decries her new biography.
 

AP
November 24, 2014 | NPR · Known as the “Joan Anderson Letter,” the 18-page, single-spaced, stream of consciousness note from Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac was found amid the dusty papers of a now-closed publishing house.
 

Courtesy of Open Road Media
November 24, 2014 | NPR · A digital publisher has released a bounty of Colwin’s books: four novels, three short-story collections and a collection of cooking essays. Colwin, who died in 1992 at age 48, had an “elusive magic.”
 

AP
November 24, 2014 | NPR · Hope was a comedy trailblazer, but in his twilight years he alienated young audiences with his political views. “He had, unfortunately, stuck around too long,” says Hope biographer Richard Zoglin.
 

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November 24, 2014 | NPR · Once thought lost to a watery grave, Neal Cassady’s letter to Jack Kerouac, which inspired On the Road, has resurfaced and will be sold Dec. 17. Also: Daniel Handler delivers on his $110,000 apology.
 

November 23, 2014 | NPR · Ron Rash’s latest collects 34 of his best short stories; critic Alan Cheuse says they’re searingly beautiful, “as if someone has taken a stick from a blazing fire and pressed it into your hand.”
 

Palgrave Macmillan Trade
November 22, 2014 | NPR · Fortune India editor-at-large Hindol Sengupta’s new book chronicles India’s lurching progress away from a state-controlled economy to a more open system that encourages business and investment.
 

 

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News

Carrie Kahn
November 26, 2014 | NPR · The pair fed and clothed Central American migrants on their way through Mexico. One of them, a transvestite, had been doing it for more than a decade and had received death threats.
 

AP
November 26, 2014 | NPR · Next week, Texas is slated to execute Scott Panetti for murder. He has a long history of mental illness but was allowed to defend himself at trial, where he insisted he was a movie character.
 

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November 26, 2014 | NPR · Following the grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson, Ferguson residents are hoping to take this Thanksgiving to grow and heal their community — and give thanks to one another.
 

Arts & Life

Crown Media
November 26, 2014 | NPR · Christmas cable movies are a genre unto themselves. We take a look at some of the Hallmark (and other) romances that are surprisingly big business this time of year.
 

AP
November 26, 2014 | NPR · Even as public schools in the area closed amid protests, the Ferguson Public Library stayed open for local students and readers. Onlookers have responded with an outpouring of donations.
 

November 26, 2014 | NPR · Cold, dark winter nights are the perfect time to dip into Gemma Files’ chilling new story collection, We Will All Go Down Together. Critic Jason Heller praises Files’ “ghostly, magical storytelling.”
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
November 26, 2014 | WXPN · The British singer and songwriter’s voice fills subtle, muted arrangements with color.
 

November 26, 2014 | NPR · Ari Shapiro previews his Thanksgiving Day conversation with Melissa Etheridge.
 

Courtesy of Sanctuary Records
November 26, 2014 | NPR · “I think if I had been an accomplished songwriter I wouldn’t have written ‘You Really Got Me,’” Davies tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross.
 

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