In 1971, the FBI put John Lennon under surveillance because of his anti-war activities. The INS tried to deport him a year later. Historian Jon Wiener spoke to Terry Gross in 2000 about the Nixon administration's campaign to deport Lennon -- and then Wiener's own fight to get the FBI to release Lennon's files.
For his 22nd novel, celebrated author and former intelligence officer John le Carre found inspiration in a real Russian criminal. Our Kind Of Traitor details the shady activities of a crime lord named Dima operating in Moscow's underworld of dirty money.
The civil liberties group argues the Berkeley County Detention Center in Moncks Corner is violating its inmates' constitutional rights to free speech and religion by barring them from having any other reading material. The lawsuit seeks unspecified punitive damages and asks a federal judge to order the Bible-only policy halted.
Humorist David Sedaris takes on selfishness, bigotry, righteousness, loneliness and other all-too-human foibles in his new book of animal fables, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk. It debuts at No. 2.
He received a phone call this morning, just after 5:30, and was in disbelief. He said that he likes to keep his political views and statements separate from the literature he writes.
When reporter Katherine Ellison discovered that she and her son both had ADHD, she decided to spend a year studying the disorder-- and how people cope with it. Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention is her account of that year.
Toni Stone was one of the few baseball players who hit a pitch from the great Satchel Paige. While that would have been enough to make her stand out, her real achievement was that she worked her way to the Negro Leagues from barnstorming in the Midwest. Host Michel Martin learns more about Stone from biographer Martha Ackmann, who teaches in the Gender Studies Department of Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.
Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa has won the Nobel Prize in Literature. 'Granta' editor John Freeman says it's a "phenomenal choice" rewarding Vargas Llosa's long history of examining power and perversion.
Llosa's first book was burned by the military. He has been a public intellectual for years, running for President of Peru in 1990 on a ticket opposing nationalizing the banking system.
In her debut novel, Vida, Patricia Engel explores one woman's struggle to define her own life in a hard-boiled world of loss and disappointment. With searing and unsentimental prose, Engel demonstrates just how easy it is to stiffen into a person you never wanted to be.
News Roundup: The United States apologizes to Pakistan for killing of border guards. Mario Vargas Llosa Wins Nobel. NYC wants to stop food stamps from being used to buy soda.
The Swedish Academy says it's honoring the 74-year-old author "for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt and defeat."
Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa has won the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature. He was honored "for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt and defeat."
All aboard, armchair travelers! In Book Lust to Go, our go-to librarian shares her favorite accounts of intrepid exploration and fiction from faraway lands.
In an e-book edition of Allen Ginsberg's "Collected Poems," the poet's publisher neglected to format many of his poems properly.
1. THE POWER, by Rhonda Byrne
2. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2011, edited by Craig Glenday
3. POWER THOUGHTS, by Joyce Meyer
4. DELIVERING HAPPINESS, by Tony Hsieh
5. THE ORANGE REVOLUTION, by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton