Lynn Neary en Authors Take Opposite Sides On Hachette, Amazon Spat You might think that all writers would be of the same mind about the <a href="">dispute between Amazon and Hachette Publishing Company</a> over the price of ebooks. Think again. This week two different sets of authors sent open letters to their "readers" urging them to take one side or the other in the ongoing controversy.<p>It all began when the publisher and Amazon were unable to reach an agreement on ebook prices. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 22:34:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 28914 at Authors Take Opposite Sides On Hachette, Amazon Spat Court OKs Universities' Quest To Turn To More Digital Copies Of Books A U.S. appeals court has ruled against a group of authors, deciding in favor of a consortium of universities in a case that hinged on copyright law and provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The universities had allowed Google to make digital copies of more than 10 million books so that they could be searchable by specific terms. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 27820 at Amazon's Pricing Dispute Sets Book Expo Buzzing The dispute between retail giant Amazon and publisher Hachette was big news at Book Expo America. Writers, publishers and agents are wondering what the rift could mean for the future of books. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 27472 at Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86 Poet, performer and political activist Maya Angelou has died after a long illness at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86. Born in St. Louis in 1928, Angelou grew up in a segregated society that she worked to change during the civil rights era. Angelou, who refused to speak for much of her childhood, revealed the scars of her past in <em>I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings</em>, the first of a series of memoirs.<p>Growing up in St. Louis, Mo., and Stamps, Ark., she was Marguerite Johnson. It was her brother who first called her Maya, and the name stuck. Wed, 28 May 2014 14:06:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 27223 at Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86 'Grapes Of Wrath' Is 75, But Its Depictions Of Poverty Are Timeless Much has been said and written about the Dust Bowl, but if you want to get a visceral feel for how it all began and the way it affected the people who experienced it, you need go no further than the opening pages of John Steinbeck's <em>The Grapes of Wrath</em>:<p><blockquote><p>Men stood by their fences and looked at the ruined corn, drying fast now, only a little green showing through the film of dust. The men were silent and they did not move often. And the women came out of the houses to stand beside their men — to feel whether this time the men would break. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:03:46 +0000 Lynn Neary 25169 at 'Grapes Of Wrath' Is 75, But Its Depictions Of Poverty Are Timeless 'Sous Chef' Reveals The High-Adrenaline Dance Behind Your Dinner A restaurant kitchen at the peak of the dinner rush can be a crazy place — hot, crowded and filled with a kind of intense energy that some people, like Michael Gibney, thrive on. Gibney's been working in restaurants since he was young. In his new book, <em>Sous Chef,</em> Gibney tries to capture the rhythm of the kitchen by taking his readers through one day in the life of a fast-paced New York restaurant.<p>Writing is a new affair for Gibney, but cooking is his first love. He got his start in the restaurant business as a kid, washing dishes. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 24273 at 'Sous Chef' Reveals The High-Adrenaline Dance Behind Your Dinner Pew Study: Many Technophiles Also Love Libraries You might think that in a world of Google and Wikipedia, people who love technology wouldn't care much about the musty old local public library. But, according to <a href="">a new report by the Pew Research Internet Project</a>, you'd be wrong.<p>Pew has been studying the changing role of libraries in America in the digital age. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 23734 at Pew Study: Many Technophiles Also Love Libraries What Wakes B.J. Novak Up In The Middle Of The Night? Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>When we talk about a triple threat we're often talking about a versatile athlete. Think about a basketball player who can score, defend, and rebound. In show biz, B. J. Novak may be that triple threat. He can do standup, act, and write successfully in all cases. He got his start doing standup comedy. That led to a job on the hit comedy series "The Office" where he had a regular part and was one of the writers.<p>And now he's put his writing talent to work on one more thing. Literally. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:22:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 21977 at The Annual Awards For Children's Books Are Out Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>OK, the Grammy Awards are behind us. The Oscars are around the corner. And now, we have another award that also gets a lot of attention this time of year, from people who love kids' books.<p>The American Library Association has announced this year's Caldecott and Newbery Award winners. NPR's Lynn Neary reports.<p>LYNN NEARY, BYLINE: Kate DiCamillo should be used to accolades by now. She was nominated last year for a National Book Award, and the Library of Congress named her the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:58:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 21818 at College Costs Are Daunting, Even For The 'Comfortable' President Obama thinks more poor kids who are good students should be enrolled in the country's best colleges and universities. Too often, he says, kids from lower income families don't even apply to the best schools, where they might have a good chance of getting financial aid.<p>This week, he gathered the heads of 100 colleges and universities to a meeting at the White House to discuss how to change this situation for the better. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 16:03:49 +0000 Lynn Neary 21437 at College Costs Are Daunting, Even For The 'Comfortable'