Lynn Neary http://tpr.org en Writer Nadine Gordimer Captured Apartheid's Contradictions http://tpr.org/post/writer-nadine-gordimer-captured-apartheids-contradictions South African writer Nadine Gordimer, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1991, died Sunday at the age of 90. Gordimer merged the personal and political to create a compelling portrait of the injustice of life under apartheid.<p>She was born in 1923 to a mother whose family came to South Africa from Britain and a Jewish father who had lived under oppression in his native Lithuania. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:01:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 35065 at http://tpr.org Writer Nadine Gordimer Captured Apartheid's Contradictions Authors Take Opposite Sides On Hachette, Amazon Spat http://tpr.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 34498 at http://tpr.org Authors Take Opposite Sides On Hachette, Amazon Spat From 'The Magic Tree House,' Kids Branch Out To Chapter Books http://tpr.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 21:03:15 +0000 Lynn Neary 33578 at http://tpr.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://tpr.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 33179 at http://tpr.org Amazon's Pricing Dispute Sets Book Expo Buzzing http://tpr.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 32742 at http://tpr.org Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86 http://tpr.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 32453 at http://tpr.org Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86 Printing Wikipedia Would Take 1 Million Pages, But That's Sort Of The Point http://tpr.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 29160 at http://tpr.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://tpr.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 28907 at http://tpr.org 'Sous Chef' Reveals The High-Adrenaline Dance Behind Your Dinner Pew Study: Many Technophiles Also Love Libraries http://tpr.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 28228 at http://tpr.org Pew Study: Many Technophiles Also Love Libraries What Wakes B.J. Novak Up In The Middle Of The Night? http://tpr.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 25959 at http://tpr.org