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NPR Books Watch — 1/23-1/29

Apparently some fellow named John Updike died this week, yes?  Reported on in five separate stories.  Neil Gaiman’s Newberry win garnered two stories (Morning Edition and Talk of the Nation last Tuesday) and Jimmy Carter nabbed three interviews with Morning Edition, Fresh Air and Diane Rehm last Tuesday / Wednesday.


Here are the NPR interviews for this week. Anyone who emails me the imprints of all the books listed (or houses if no imprint is available) will win the NPR Books Grid for the prior week that includes, in addition to the information below, interviewer, pub date, imprint, post-interview Amazon ranking, pre-interview ranking (if the book was mentioned on Shelf Awareness and I was able to look up the number before the interview), and interview hyperlink.


TOTAL book stories for the week: 26

All Things Considered: 4

Day to Day: 2

Diane Rehm: 4

Fresh Air: 2

Morning Edition: 4

News & Notes: 1 5

Talk of the Nation: 3

Weekend Edition Sunday: 1 Books We Like / Wolves at the Gate Joss Whedon Graphic Novels
All Things Considered Bright Young People D. J.  Taylor  History
All Things Considered Vile Bodies Evelyn  Waugh Literary Fiction
All Things Considered Novelist John Updike Dies
All Things Considered Clothes on their Backs, The Linda Grant Literary Fiction
Day to Day Noise: Fiction Inspired by Sonic Youth Peter  Wild Entertainment
Day to Day Yankee Years, The Joe Torre Sports
Diane Rehm Big Rich, The Bryan Burrough History
Diane Rehm Snark David  Denby Popular Culture
Diane Rehm We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land Jimmy  Carter Politics
Diane Rehm Survivors Club, The Ben Sherwood Health
Fresh Air We Can Have Peace In The Holy Land Jimmy  Carter Politics
Fresh Air S.: A Novel John Updike Literary Fiction
Morning Edition The Graveyard Book’ Wins Newbery Medal
Morning Edition We Can Have Peace In The Holy Land Jimmy  Carter Politics
Morning Edition Are readers tired of sports doping books?
Morning Edition Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author John Updike Dies At 76
News & Notes Best African American Essays: 2009 Gerald  Early Anthology
News & Notes Best African American Fiction: 2009 Gerald  Early Anthology Novelist, Essayist John Updike Dead At 76 Book Tour / 2666 Robert  Bolano Literary Fiction From ‘Rabbit’ To Rain, John Updike Had It Covered Books We Like / Paris Review Interviews, The Vol. III Philip  Gourevitch Biography
Talk of the Nation Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist John Updike Dies
Talk of the Nation Graveyard Book, The Neil Gaiman Children’s
Talk of the Nation Billion Dollar Game, The Allen St. John Sports
Weekend Edition Sunday Bitter Road to Freedom William  Hitchcock History

January 30, 2009 - Posted by | NPR Books Watch | , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. John Updike’s passing is sad news indeed… he possessed a truly beautiful mind

    Comment by coffee | January 30, 2009 | Reply

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