Also: Leslie Jamison is writing two new books; a poem by Rowan Ricardo Phillips.
Former Secret Service agent Dan Emmett's memoir, Within Arm's Length, chronicles his 21 years on the job. But critic J.P. O'Malley says good government agents don't necessarily make good storytellers.
Drakes Bay Oyster Company is resisting the expiration of its lease in Marin County, Calif. The debate may reach the Supreme Court, and it's dividing residents of the San Francisco Bay Area.
An exhibit at Smithsonian's Archives of American Art investigates the relationship between artists and their models. The stern woman in Grant Wood's American Gothic? That was actually his sister, Nan.
Alan Cheuse picks three debut writers to send your mind globe-trotting this summer.
Children's book author and illustrator Peter Sís maps the life and flights of another kid-lit star, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, in his gorgeously illustrated new book The Pilot and the Little Prince.
Essence might be the longest-running magazine for black women, but the authors of a new book, The Man From Essence, admit that it was a long road to build the brand.
In a surprising defeat, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his seat to Tea Party challenger David Brat. But what does this mean for Republicans going forward? The Beauty Shop ladies weigh in.
Also: Eric Hill, creator of the Spot the Dog series, has died; Karl Ove Knausgaard looks at his uncomfortable relationship with celebrity.
Ten-year-old Melanie, the star of M.R. Carey's new novel, doesn't know why she needs armed guards and restraints. But readers will find out soon enough, in this grotesque yet grimly hopeful thriller.
An 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.
Larry Wilmore talks to NPR TV critic Eric Deggans about the pressure of moving from his job as the "senior black correspondent" on The Daily Show to his spot as host of the new show Minority Report.
The 68-year-old film director hitchhiked from Baltimore to San Francisco for his book Carsick. He says hitchhiking is "the worst beauty regimen ever" and admits he always kept his luggage with him.
The Rise and Fall of Great Powers — the latest from Imperfectionists author Tom Rachman — follows the travels of a young bookstore proprietor. It's a "strange" book that requires a bit of patience.