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The libraries will be closed for Lincoln's birthday on Friday, February 12, 2016 and for President's Day on Monday, February 15, 2016.

'The Portable Veblen' Goes Enjoyably Nuts

Elizabeth McKenzie's novel inverts the traditional romantic comedy formula — for her odd, brainy lovers, the engagement is only the beginning of their troubles. And did we mention the squirrel?

The Real Woods Behind Winnie-The-Pooh's Forest

Winnie-the-Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood is based on a real forest in the English countryside. NPR's Ari Shapiro visits Ashdown Forest with Kathryn Aalto, author of The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh.

'Fake Missed Connections' A Genre Of Its Own

Brett Fletcher Lauer was lost after his divorce and began posting fake "missed connections" on Craigslist. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to him about his book "Fake Missed Connections."

Family Bonds Are Never Bland In 'The Past'

In her latest novel, The Past, Tessa Hadley focuses on four siblings spending one last holiday at a soon-to-be-sold summer home. Tensions simmer, secrets break out of storage — but love remains.

'Hunters' Is A Dark, Elegant Tale Of East And West

Lawrence Osborne's well-structured new novel follows a group of Western expats in Cambodia, all hunting for something nebulous — money, happiness, or even just an edge up on everyone else.

Herman Wouk Says He's A 'Happy Gent' At 100

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of beloved blockbusters like The Winds of War is celebrating his milestone with a new memoir, Sailor and Fiddler, that sums up his thoughts on what it means to write.

The Failed Coup That Led To Hitler's 'Mein Kampf'

Adolf Hitler wrote his famous manifesto while serving time for an attempted coup that started in a German beer hall. Author Peter Ross Range says, "There was an obvious need to get his message out."

Great Expectations: Dickens And The Powerball

Tonight's record $1.5 billion Powerball drawing may seem like a modern phenomenon, but this frenzy is nothing new — just ask Charles Dickens, who bemusedly observed the Naples lottery 150 years ago.

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