Petra Mayer http://kwit.org en History In The Groove: Q&A With Author (And 78 Collector) Amanda Petrusich http://kwit.org/post/history-groove-qa-author-and-78-collector-amanda-petrusich If you've ever enjoyed the ghostly weird-old-America wail of Robert Johnson, the deep blues of Charley Patton or Skip James' guitar wizardry, you can thank the 78 collecting community — those dedicated (okay, obsessive) folks who hunt down the rare old shellac records that hold so much of our musical past.<p>78s — named for the speed at which they revolve — are the distant ancestors of today's digitally downloaded singles. They passed out of use in the late 1940s, but still turn up occasionally at rural flea markets and in dusty cartons under forgotten beds. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 48242 at http://kwit.org History In The Groove: Q&A With Author (And 78 Collector) Amanda Petrusich Questions For Earl Swift, Author Of 'Auto Biography' http://kwit.org/post/questions-earl-swift-author-auto-biography This '57 Chevy station wagon was once pristine, the epitome of American automotive glory: two-tone green, with sweeping fins and enough chrome to blind pedestrians. But by the time journalist Earl Swift came across it, those days were gone, and it was subsiding gently into a heap of rust and torn upholstery.<p>Then a newspaper reporter in Norfolk, Va., Swift had been looking for a local car with a story to tell, but it hadn't been an easy search. "I experienced a slew of false starts," he told me via email. Sat, 10 May 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 44362 at http://kwit.org Questions For Earl Swift, Author Of 'Auto Biography' 'Traveling Pants' Author Tries Traveling In Time http://kwit.org/post/traveling-pants-author-tries-traveling-time Author Ann Brashares became a young adult superstar more than a decade ago with the <em>Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants</em>, a feel-good series of books about the adventures of four best friends and a really great pair of jeans. It was eventually made into a couple of movies.<p>Brashares' new book, <em>The Here and Now</em>, ventures into unfamiliar territory for her: a dystopian future of "blood plagues" and time travel. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 43139 at http://kwit.org 'Traveling Pants' Author Tries Traveling In Time Winging It: Biking Around Again In Margaritaville http://kwit.org/post/winging-it-biking-around-again-margaritaville I love Key West, and I go there as often as possible: pina coladas, drag queens, shady hammocks, feral chickens — it's the best. There's just one problem: everyone gets around the island by bike, and I've never learned to ride one. Obviously that had to change.<p>Why didn't I learn? I really don't remember, and neither did my mom, when I asked her about the one time my parents tried to teach me. "You got on a big bicycle that was so big you couldn't really turn the wheels and got discouraged."<p>I've tried to learn a few times since then — particularly after I discovered Key West. Sun, 29 Dec 2013 10:08:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 36514 at http://kwit.org Winging It: Biking Around Again In Margaritaville NPR NSFW? Checking Out The Sexy Books On Mobile http://kwit.org/post/npr-nsfw-checking-out-sexy-books-mobile <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydrtF45-y-g</p> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 35704 at http://kwit.org NPR NSFW? Checking Out The Sexy Books On Mobile Allons-y! Why We've Been Traveling With 'Doctor Who' For 50 Years http://kwit.org/post/allons-y-why-weve-been-traveling-doctor-who-50-years This afternoon, millions of fez-wearing fans around the world will tune in to a very special episode of <em>Doctor Who</em>. The venerable British sci-fi series turns 50 today — though the time traveling alien Doctor himself is probably somewhere on the wrong side of 1,000.<p>From scrappy, low-budget beginnings (bubble-wrap monsters, anyone?), <em>Doctor Who</em> has become a global phenomenon. Only soap operas can match it for longevity and popularity. So what's the secret to the Doctor's appeal?<p>Well, let's start with a ringtone — mine, to be exact. Sat, 23 Nov 2013 09:21:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 34499 at http://kwit.org Allons-y! Why We've Been Traveling With 'Doctor Who' For 50 Years 'Boxers & Saints' & Compassion: Questions For Gene Luen Yang http://kwit.org/post/boxers-saints-compassion-quesions-gene-luen-yang Gene Luen Yang broke out in 2006 with <em>American Born Chinese</em>, the first graphic novel nominated for a National Book Award. It weaves three stories — about a Chinese-American boy, a terrible stereotype named Chin-Kee and the mythical Monkey King — into a complex tapestry of identity and assimilation.<p>Yang returns to the theme of identity and sense of self in his latest book, another National Book Award candidate. <em>Boxers & Saints</em> is a diptych following a Chinese boy and girl as their lives are upended by the Boxer Rebellion. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 19:03:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 32545 at http://kwit.org 'Boxers & Saints' & Compassion: Questions For Gene Luen Yang Austen Unvarnished: Q&A With Jo Baker, Author Of 'Longbourn' http://kwit.org/post/austen-unvarnished-qa-jo-baker-author-longbourn The world of Jane Austen — gracious country houses, empire-waist dresses, card parties and suppers and genteel raillery and a touch of social anxiety — is familiar literary ground. And no house is more familar and comforting than Longbourn, home to Elizabeth and Jane Bennet. But what goes on behind the scenes? Who irons those dresses and prepares those suppers? Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 31815 at http://kwit.org Austen Unvarnished: Q&A With Jo Baker, Author Of 'Longbourn' Did The Cat Eat Your Gymsuit? Then These Books Are For You http://kwit.org/post/did-cat-eat-your-gymsuit-then-these-books-are-you Young adult literature is big business right now; bookstores and movie theaters are full of titles like <em>The Hunger Games</em>, <em>Divergent</em> and<em> The Fault in Our Stars</em>.<p>So what better time to look at the original golden age of YA literature? Author — and occasional NPR reviewer — Lizzie Skurnick has written for and about teens, and now she's starting her own imprint, dedicated to publishing beloved and forgotten YA books from the 1930s through the 1980s — including, let's be truthful, some that made me squeal with excitement when I saw them on her bookshelf. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:32:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 31248 at http://kwit.org Did The Cat Eat Your Gymsuit? Then These Books Are For You Questions For Hugh Howey, Author Of 'WOOL' http://kwit.org/post/questions-hugh-howey-author-wool <strong></strong>After a varied career as a computer repairman and yacht captain, Hugh Howey turned his hand to writing. He'd self-published several novels and stories when the sci-fi dystopia <em>WOOL</em>, originally just a novella, found sudden runaway success in 2011. Howey found himself writing sequel after sequel to keep up with reader demand — the latest volume, <em>Dust</em>, was released in August.<p>Over email, Howey describes <em>WOOL</em> as "like the TV show <em>Lost</em>, except with an ending that makes sense. Sat, 31 Aug 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 29384 at http://kwit.org Questions For Hugh Howey, Author Of 'WOOL'