Author Pat Conroy Dies At 70

The "Prince of Tides" author Pat Conroy, age 70, has died. He had pancreatic cancer. NPR's Scott Simon spoke with Conroy in 2010 about the people who shaped him as a writer, and as a reader.

Memory Of Potato Famine Burdens 'Immortal Irishman'

Civil War buffs and the Irish-American community have probably heard of Thomas Francis Meagher. Renee Montagne talks to New York Times columnist Timothy Egan about his book The Immortal Irishman.

'Borderline' Is Urban Fantasy With A Cinematic Punch

Mishell Baker's new fantasy novel follows filmmaker Millie Roper as she manages her mental and physical issues while hunting down a missing fairy nobleman — and trying to make a career in Hollywood.

'Lonely City' Is More Than A Cry For Connection

Writer Olivia Laing recalls her days as an expatriate Brit in New York in her new book, a meditation on modern life and loneliness. It's a lonely read, too, but full of heart-piercing wisdom.

Originals: How To Spot One, How To Be One

Adam Grant, author of Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, tells us what makes an original, how parents can nurture originality in their children, and its potential downside.

'The Martian' Started As A Self-Published Book

The movie that was nominated for several Oscars began as a self-published book by Andy Weir. NPR's Lynn Neary looks at how an unknown author's book became a hit audio book and major motion picture.