Reading http://nhpr.org en Hey Authors: Quit Writing Books! http://nhpr.org/post/hey-authors-quit-writing-books <p>When was the last time you read a book? Not for work, not a kid’s bedtime story, but a real honest to goodness <em>book</em>, just for the pleasure of reading?</p><p>If you sheepishly answered, "more than a year ago," you’re not alone. A recent survey puts the number of Americans who have failed to crack a spine in more than a year at one in four. While new technological distractions have certainly cut into our reading time, our next guest would also like to blame the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sisyphus">Sisyphean </a>task of merely trying to <em>choose</em> a book that’s worthy of reading. His solution? <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/aug/16/writers-year-off-publishing">Authors should take a break from writing</a> to give readers a chance to catch up.</p><p><strong>Colin Robinson </strong>is a co-founder of the New York based independent publisher <a href="http://www.orbooks.com/">OR</a>.</p><p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:29:07 +0000 Taylor Quimby 34837 at http://nhpr.org Hey Authors: Quit Writing Books! Summer Reads 2013 Edition http://nhpr.org/post/summer-reads-2013-edition <p>There’s nothing more tempting than a day off spent soaking up the sun on a hot beach with a good read. Summer reads don’t have to be mindless, though. <a href="http://michelefilgate.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Michele Filgate</strong></a> likes to find the perfect book for every occasion, and isn’t afraid to add some substance to the usually light fare offered by summer reading suggestions — Michelle is a writer, book critic, and independent bookseller at Community Bookstore in Brooklyn.</p><p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 30535 at http://nhpr.org Summer Reads 2013 Edition Dusting Off The Classics: Why You Should Revisit Your High School Reading List http://nhpr.org/post/dusting-classics-why-you-should-revisit-your-high-school-reading-list <p><strong><a href="http://www.kevinsmokler.com/#sthash.0J4LD45Y.dpbs" target="_blank">Kevin Smokler</a></strong> is setting out to resurrect America’s long-ago encounters. Works such as <em><a href="http://www.neabigread.org/books/greatgatsby/" target="_blank">The Great Gatsby</a>, <a href="http://www.neabigread.org/books/fahrenheit451/" target="_blank">Fahrenheit 451</a> and <a href="http://www.bartleby.com/129/" target="_blank">Bartleby: The Scrivener</a></em>, skimmed and discarded by 15 year-old high school hands in days of yore, are being taken off the shelf, dusted off, and re-explored by the same pair of older, more experienced eyes. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kevin-smokler/10-classic-high-school-re_b_2883891.html" target="_blank">By compiling a list</a> of fifty high school “classics”, <strong>Kevin </strong>spent ten months re-reading the stories that have become distant, unquestionable deities in the eyes of many middle-aged Americans. What he found was profound; and in some ways, unexpected. <strong>Kevin, </strong>now 39, amassed his thoughts and findings in his new book <em><a href="http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781616146566" target="_blank">Practical Classics: Fifty Reasons to Reread Fifty Books You Haven’t Touched Since High School</a></em>.</p><p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 13:45:07 +0000 Virginia Prescott 25550 at http://nhpr.org Dusting Off The Classics: Why You Should Revisit Your High School Reading List The e-Text Revolution http://nhpr.org/post/e-text-revolution <p>With E-book sales <a href="http://www.thedigitalshift.com/2012/10/ebooks/ebook-collections-surging-new-data-available-from-lj-slj-annual-usage-reports/">outpacing print books</a>, the days of the heavyweight backpack are numbered. In New Hampshire, thirty-three public schools banded together to purchase E-books instead of textbooks. Producer <strong>Sam Evans-Brown</strong> finds out why public schools are making the switch now, and why the long wait.</p><p>Read and Listen to Sam's story<a href="http://www.nhpr.org/post/nh-schools-stocking-their-virtual-shelves-e-books"> here</a>.</p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 15:37:44 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 16838 at http://nhpr.org The e-Text Revolution Once Upon A Midnight Dreary... http://nhpr.org/post/once-upon-midnight-dreary <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Here is Sean Hurley's unabridged reading of "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe. Enjoy!</p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Sean Hurley & Edgar Allan Poe 26048 at http://nhpr.org Once Upon A Midnight Dreary... The Best Books Hot off Indie Presses http://nhpr.org/post/best-books-hot-indie-presses <p>Three literary experts spill the beans on this summer's hottest indie reads.</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 15:16:53 +0000 Virginia Prescott & Michele Filgate 8934 at http://nhpr.org The Best Books Hot off Indie Presses Tina Brown's Must-Reads: The Reporter's Role http://nhpr.org/post/tina-browns-must-reads-reporters-role Tina Brown, editor of The Daily Beast and <em><em>Newsweek, </em></em>tells us what she's been reading in a feature that <em><em>Morning Edition </em></em>likes to call "Word of Mouth." This month, Brown has been thinking about the contributions of journalists to global culture.<p><strong>The Rise Of Hitler, As Seen By Americans Abroad</strong><p>Brown's first pick is Andrew Nagorski's <em>Hitlerland,</em> a book about the rise of the Nazi regime told from the perspective of Americans, including foreign correspondents and diplomats, who lived in Berlin during the 1930s and early 1940s.<p>"What Wed, 18 Apr 2012 11:50:00 +0000 3183 at http://nhpr.org Tina Brown's Must-Reads: The Reporter's Role Schools Get Tough With Third-Graders: Read Or Flunk http://nhpr.org/post/schools-get-tough-third-graders-read-or-flunk There's little dispute among educators that kids are not reading as well as they should be, but there's endless debate over what to do about it. Mon, 05 Mar 2012 19:02:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 2309 at http://nhpr.org Schools Get Tough With Third-Graders: Read Or Flunk Books to get you through 'til Sunday http://nhpr.org/post/books-get-you-through-til-sunday <p>A bookseller muses on titles that might satisfy Downton addicts between episodes.</p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 17:54:43 +0000 Virginia Prescott 1573 at http://nhpr.org Books to get you through 'til Sunday