Before her first book, Naomi Novik was a programmer who wrote Napoleonic-era fan fiction on the side. Then she had an idea: "What could make the Napoleonic wars more exciting? Dragons!"
Adam Cohen's new book tells the story of the 1927 Supreme Court case Buck v. Bell. The ruling permitted the state of Virginia to sterilize an "imbecile" — a scientific term of the day.
The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict is the earliest known prison memoir by an African-American writer. Written by Austin Reed in the 1850s, it was discovered at an estate sale in 2009.
Eleven-year-old Marley Dias went on a quest to collect and donate 1,000 books with a black girl as the main character. Spoiler alert: She did really well.
The books published by Salaam Reads will appeal to Muslim and non-Muslim readers alike, executive editor Zareej Jaffery says — and will represent a wide range of cultural traditions within Islam.
V.E. Schwab's follow-up to A Darker Shade of Magic picks up with heroes Kell and Delilah adventuring (and sometimes agonizing) in a magical alternate London while danger lurks in the titular shadows.
In her book American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers, Nancy Jo Sales looks at the pressures on teenage girls socially and sexually. She talks to David Greene about her book.
A new book, Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X, explores how faith brought two African-American icons together and eventually tore their relationship apart.
Hayden is a former president of the American Library Association and is currently CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore.
NPR's Robert Siegel talks to the sons of the late Frank Mankiewicz, Josh and Ben, about their father's posthumously published memoir, So As I Was Saying: My Somewhat Eventful Life.
Joe R. Lansdale grew up poor in east Texas and worked as a janitor and in a potato field before finding success as a writer. Honky Tonk Samurai is the latest book in his mystery series.
The Indecisive Chicken combines the recipes and life stories of eight women from communities across India who now make their home in Dharavi, a teeming slum featured in Slumdog Millionaire.
Encyclopedias, dictionaries and directories take on a life of their own in Jack Lynch's new book — a history of reference systems that becomes an examination of the nature of lexicography itself.
With the disappearance of five Hong Kong booksellers still unexplained, their colleagues who publish books about Chinese politics say they feel at risk and unprotected.
Patrick Dacey's debut story collection follows the people of a fictional Massachusetts town hit hard by war, weather and economic turmoil. Critic Michael Schaub praises Dacey's emotional honesty.
Ethan Canin traces the complicated lives of two generations of mathematical geniuses in his new novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it A Doubter's Almanac an "elegant and devastating novel."
Author Sonia Shah says that urbanization and air travel put the global population at an increased risk for disease. "Zika is a great example of how new pathogens are emerging today," she says.
Recent years have seen a proliferation of books about the struggles of rookie teachers. We asked a veteran New York City teacher to review The Battle for Room 314 by Ed Boland.
Lately it seems as if every thriller written by a woman gets compared to two recent blockbusters: Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. So what makes those two books so appealing and influential?
In a tribute to the late Harper Lee, we hear several poignant passages read from her novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird."