Authors http://nhpr.org en A Kingly Confusion: How One Author Is 'Spending The Stephen King Money' http://nhpr.org/post/kingly-confusion-how-one-author-spending-stephen-king-money <p>There is an increasing number of books that share titles, a fact that might not confuse a person in a bookstore but can pose problems for online search algorithms. Word of Mouth intern Molly Donahue spoke with author <strong>Emily Schultz</strong> about a strange phenomenon she experienced this year. So what happens when two authors release two different books with the same title?</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:48:23 +0000 Molly Donahue 51667 at http://nhpr.org A Kingly Confusion: How One Author Is 'Spending The Stephen King Money' Carl Hiassen's "Bad Monkey" http://nhpr.org/post/carl-hiassens-bad-monkey <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Word of Mouth presents a special rebroadcast of Writers on a New England Stage with </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Carl Hiassen</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, presented by </span>NHPR<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and The Music Hall and recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Word of Mouth 50365 at http://nhpr.org Carl Hiassen's "Bad Monkey" Writers On A New England Stage: Bill Bryson's "One Summer: 1927" http://nhpr.org/post/writers-new-england-stage-bill-brysons-one-summer-1927 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Word of Mouth presents a special rebroadcast of Writers on a New England Stage with Bill Bryson, presented by </span>NHPR<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and The Music Hall and recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Word of Mouth 50364 at http://nhpr.org Writers On A New England Stage: Bill Bryson's "One Summer: 1927" 3.18.14: The Sugar Season, A Syrup Taste Test With Douglas Whynott, & The Best Family Cars http://nhpr.org/post/31814-sugar-season-syrup-taste-test-douglas-whynott-best-family-cars <p>Today on Word of Mouth, a sweet conversation with a man who <em>knows</em> maple syrup. Emerson writing professor and author, <a href="http://www.douglaswhynott.com/the_sugar_season__march_2014__120739.htm" target="_blank"><strong>Douglas Whynott</strong></a> joins us to discuss his new book <a href="http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780306822049" target="_blank"><em>The Sugar Season: A Year in the Life of Maple Syrup and One Family's Quest for the Sweetest Harvest</em></a>. Plus, we'll put Whynott to the test when he joins Virginia in a blindfolded&nbsp;taste test of 4 grades of authentic, New Hampshire made maple &nbsp;syrup and one imposter.</p><p>Also on the show, <strong>Jamie Page Deaton&nbsp;</strong>breaks down her list of the top choices for family cars.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Listen to the full show and click&nbsp;</span><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Read More&nbsp;</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">for individual segments.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:06:03 +0000 Word of Mouth 45233 at http://nhpr.org 3.18.14: The Sugar Season, A Syrup Taste Test With Douglas Whynott, & The Best Family Cars N.S.F.W. & N.S.F.NPR With B.J. Novak http://nhpr.org/post/nsfw-nsfnpr-bj-novak <p>B.J. Novak read several stories from his new book <a href="http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780385351836" target="_blank"><em>One More Thing</em></a>, during his performance at <a href="http://www.themusichall.org/" target="_blank">The Music Hall</a>, and we included a few <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/writers-new-england-stage-bj-novak" target="_blank">in our broadcast</a>. However, there was one story that was particularly funny, and probably not safe for work and <em>definitely</em> not safe for public radio. The following audio is presented without edits and may contain language you are not accustomed to hearing on public radio airwaves. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:41:23 +0000 Word of Mouth 44440 at http://nhpr.org N.S.F.W. & N.S.F.NPR With B.J. Novak Book Recommendations From The Pros http://nhpr.org/post/book-recommendations-pros <p>The National Book Critic's Circle Awards are upon us and joining us to discuss the nominees are:</p><p><strong>Michele Filgate </strong>is events coordinator at <a href="http://communitybookstore.net/" target="_blank">Community Bookstore</a> in Brooklyn, NY. She’s also a writer and critic.</p><p><strong>Eric Banks</strong> is a board member and past president of the <a href="http://bookcritics.org/" target="_blank">NBCC</a>. He’s the former editor of <a href="http://www.bookforum.com/" target="_blank">Bookforum</a> and <a href="http://artforum.com/" target="_blank">Artforum</a> and the director of the <a href="http://nyihumanities.org/" target="_blank">NY Institute for the Humanities</a>.</p><p></p><p>See below for the complete list of nominees that <strong>Michele</strong> and <strong>Eric</strong> discussed during the segment.</p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:53:37 +0000 Virginia Prescott 43438 at http://nhpr.org Book Recommendations From The Pros Writers On A New England Stage: Doris Kearns Goodwin http://nhpr.org/post/writers-new-england-stage-doris-kearns-goodwin <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>NHPR</p><p>and The Music Hall present <a href="http://www.themusichall.org/calendar/program/writers_on_a_new_england_stage" target="_blank"><em>Writers on a New England Stage</em></a> with <a href="http://www.doriskearnsgoodwin.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Doris Kearns Goodwin</strong></a>, recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. The Pulitzer prize-winning historian and biographer of several American presidents shifts to the progressive era with, <em>The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt William Howard Taft &amp; The Golden Age Of Journalism</em>. &nbsp;The book follows two presidents who became friends and later bitter rivals, as well as a chronicle of the dawn of investigative journalism in America.</p><p>This broadcast was made possible with support from TransCanada.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 15:02:36 +0000 Virginia Prescott 40523 at http://nhpr.org Writers On A New England Stage: Doris Kearns Goodwin Live Free Or Sci-Fi: Speculative Fiction Set In The Granite State http://nhpr.org/post/live-free-or-sci-fi-speculative-fiction-set-granite-state <p>In early September, 1965 a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exeter_incident" target="_blank">UFO sighting</a> was reported near Exeter, New Hampshire.&nbsp; Air force investigators were sent to question several eye witnesses who reported a “big orange ball” and a “huge dark object as big as a barn with flashing red lights” in the sky.&nbsp; They dismissed the sighting as “nothing more than stars and planets twinkling…owing to a temperature inversion.” The incident is one of the best documented accounts of an <em><u>alleged</u></em> close encounter with the paranormal. &nbsp;New Hampshire’s brush with paranormal fame makes it the perfect setting for a new compilation of short stories called <em><a href="http://www.nhbooksellers.com/#!product/prd1/1124057651/live-free-or-sci-fi" target="_blank">Live Free or Sci-Fi</a>.</em> The book features stories that bend science and reality together into hair raising tales of speculative fiction.</p><p><strong>Rick Broussard </strong>is the editor of <em>Live Free or Sci-Fi</em> and creator of the <a href="http://livefreeordiediedie.wordpress.com/about/" target="_blank">New Hampshire pulp fiction series</a>. He is also the editor of New Hampshire Magazine.</p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:27:55 +0000 Virginia Prescott 39863 at http://nhpr.org Live Free Or Sci-Fi: Speculative Fiction Set In The Granite State Ted Williams' Complicated, Immortal Life http://nhpr.org/post/ted-williams-complicated-immortal-life <p>“The Kid”, “The Splendid Splinter”, “Teddy Ballgame”; Ted Williams went by a few nicknames while playing for the Boston Red Sox. &nbsp;Maybe none so fitting as: “The Greatest Hitter That Ever Lived.” &nbsp;Williams was the last player in the major leagues to achieve a batting average over .400--which he did in 1941–in his third season in the majors. Ted Williams was obsessed with hitting, taking meticulous care of his bats, and was often observed swinging or posing for a pitch, whether he had a bat in his hands or not.</p><p>Off the field, the measure of Ted Williams is not so easy to follow. A private and mercurial man, he was moody and prone to bouts of rage. He would blow up at the press, his teammates, and his family. Williams married three times and had three children, but struck out as a father or husband. <a href="http://www.benbradleejr.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Ben Bradlee Jr.</strong></a>, former editor and reporter for the Boston Globe, spent ten years trying to find out exactly <u>why</u> Ted Williams was the way he was. He interviewed more than six hundred people who knew “The Kid” going all the way back to his childhood. <strong>Ben Bradlee Jr.’s</strong> new book is called “<a href="http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780316614351?aff=NPR" target="_blank">The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams</a>.”</p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:49:10 +0000 Virginia Prescott 39553 at http://nhpr.org Ted Williams' Complicated, Immortal Life Patricia Cornwell Lets Her Characters Speak For Themselves http://nhpr.org/post/patricia-cornwell-lets-her-characters-speak-themselves <p>NHPR and The Music Hall present <a href="http://www.themusichall.org/calendar/program/writers_on_a_new_england_stage" target="_blank">Writers on a New England Stage</a> with <a href="http://www.patriciacornwell.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Patricia Cornwell</strong></a>. Her best-selling Kay Scarpetta crime fiction series introduced millions of readers to forensic pathology – and inspired popular TV shows from <em>CSI</em> to <em>Dexter</em>. After her 21<sup>st</sup> Scarpetta novel, <strong>Patricia Cornwell </strong>reflects on the process of turning grisly real-world crimes into absorbing fiction.</p><p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 15:44:16 +0000 Virginia Prescott 39468 at http://nhpr.org Patricia Cornwell Lets Her Characters Speak For Themselves Norman Rockwell's Less Than Idyllic Life http://nhpr.org/post/norman-rockwells-less-idyllic-life <p>I was once invited to Thanksgiving dinner by a friend who warned me that her family was “Not a Real <a href="http://www.nrm.org/about-2/about-norman-rockwell/" target="_blank">Norman Rockwell</a> Kinda Bunch”. We know that image: brightly scrubbed faces hover in smiling anticipation over sparkling china as Ma sets the turkey in front of the family patriarch ready to be carved. That painting is titled <em><a href="http://collections.nrm.org/search.do?id=307350&amp;db=object&amp;page=1&amp;view=detail" target="_blank">Freedom From Want</a></em> and it’s one of those homespun scenes that only happens in what author <strong>Deborah Solomon</strong> calls “Rockwell Land” -- a magical reflection of American life as it should be. Solomon’s new biography of the illustrator, beloved by the masses and dismissed as corn ball by the art world, reveals a complicated, neurotic, and repressed man who lived very far from the America he invented.</p><p><strong>Deborah Solomon </strong>is author of <a href="http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780374113094" target="_blank"><em>American Mirror: The Life and Times of Norman Rockwell</em></a></p><p><em> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:55:15 +0000 Virginia Prescott 39202 at http://nhpr.org Norman Rockwell's Less Than Idyllic Life Caldecott Winner David Wiesner On His Latest Book, 'Mr. Wuffles' http://nhpr.org/post/caldecott-winner-david-wiesner-his-latest-book-mr-wuffles <p>Children’s <a href="http://www.hmhbooks.com/wiesner/">book writer and illustrator</a> <strong>David Wiesner </strong>is a three-time winner of the Caldecott Medal for most distinguished children’s picture book. His newest work is about a group of tiny extra-terrestial explorers, whose wee spaceship unwittingly becomes a plaything for a house cat named Mr. Wuffles.&nbsp;</p><p>As with all of Wiesner’s books, <strong><a href="http://www.gibsonsbookstore.com/book/9780618756612"><em>Mr.Wuffles</em> </a></strong>is nearly wordless, with dramatic visuals that propel readers from the plausible and everyday into the fantastical world of what <u>could</u> happen…&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 18:40:14 +0000 Virginia Prescott 38851 at http://nhpr.org Caldecott Winner David Wiesner On His Latest Book, 'Mr. Wuffles' Shedding Light On The 'Almost Depressed' http://nhpr.org/post/shedding-light-almost-depressed <p>It’s estimated that one in ten Americans show signs of depression, but in a society where mental illness is simultaneously taboo and overexposed, it’s easy to stick to a black-and-white label to describe mental health.</p><p>As part of the 'Almost Effect' &nbsp;series from <a href="http://www.thealmosteffect.com/about/about-harvard-health-publications/">Harvard Health Publications</a>, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">wo instructors at Harvard teamed up to write a book on that uncomfortable gray area between well-being and chronic depression. It's called <em><a href="http://www.thealmosteffect.com/books/almost-depressed/">Almost Depressed.</a>&nbsp;</em></span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 00:07:10 +0000 Virginia Prescott 38785 at http://nhpr.org Shedding Light On The 'Almost Depressed' How To Find Fulfilling Work http://nhpr.org/post/how-find-fulfilling-work <p>Is there an adult out there who has not, in a moment of fatigue, insomnia, or on a particularly hard day at work, looked around at their life and asked, “Is this it? Is this what I want my life to be?”&nbsp; Even people who have plenty of money and status and work in their industry of choice may find themselves fantasizing about a job that engages their spirit. A new book from the <a href="http://www.theschooloflife.com/shop/products/?cat=5"><em>School of Life</em> </a>series sets out a practical guide to negotiating the myriad choices, overcoming the fear of change, and finding a career that has meaning. <strong>Roman Krznaric </strong>is a founding member of the school of life. He advises organizations from Oxfam to the UN on using empathy and conversation to create social change. He spoke to us from Oxford, England to talk about his new book <a href="http://www.romankrznaric.com/how-to-find-fulfilling-work"><em>How to Find Fulfilling Work</em></a>. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:05:42 +0000 Virginia Prescott 28490 at http://nhpr.org How To Find Fulfilling Work Word Of Mouth 11.16.2013 http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouth-11162013 <p>Not sure how you're going to muster the energy to rake another pile of leaves this weekend? Let us make the chore a little easier by distracting you with a solid hour of public radio encouragement. The Word of Mouth Saturday show is carefully designed to take you on a sound odyssey that's perfect even if you decide to forgo the leaf raking for another day.</p><p>On this week's show:</p><ul><li><a href="http://nhpr.org/post/aid-workers-stress-need-money-not-clothing-disaster-victims" target="_blank">Please don't send shoes</a>: <strong>Jessica Alexander </strong>makes the case for sending money instead of food or clothing when disaster strikes.</li><li><a href="http://nhpr.org/post/why-sweden-rocks-pop-music" target="_blank">Why is Sweden so good at pop music?</a> <strong>Nolan Feeney </strong>outlines the many reasons Sweden is a country of hit makers. We dare you to not get "The Sign" stuck in your head.</li><li><a href="http://nhpr.org/post/new-showtime-series-time-death-takes-unflinching-look-end-life" target="_blank">Talking about death</a>: It's not an easy subject, but a new Showtime series, "Time of Death" approaches the taboo with unflinching realism. <strong>Jaweed Kaleem</strong> from the Huffington Post, and <strong>Miggi Hood</strong>, co-executive producer of the series join us to talk about death.</li><li><a href="http://nhpr.org/post/warren-commission-staffer-believes-50-year-old-report-will-stand-test-time" target="_blank">The Warren Commission 50 years later</a>. <strong>Justice Richard Mosk</strong> was a 23-year-old attorney when he became the youngest member of the commission established by President Johnson to investigate the murder of JFK and his assassin. He tells us about the commission and why conspiracy theories can be harmful.</li></ul><p><em> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 15:50:37 +0000 Virginia Prescott 38543 at http://nhpr.org Word Of Mouth 11.16.2013