You can learn a lot about a book by listening to its author talk. In the case of the wide-ranging National Public Radio (NPR) author interview website some of the interviews are long, but most take less than ten minutes to hear. While there you can also read highlights of the interviews, possibly find links to related stories and, best of all – often but not always – find links that allows you to read excerpts of the books featured in the interviews. The shortest interviews usually come from Morning Edition and All Things Considered, while the longest (sometimes more than 30 minutes long) normally come from Fresh Air. As you scroll to the end of the homepage you will notice that additional interviews load. I have no idea how many articles there are at the site, but there are enough to keep you busy for a while.
To begin, go to the NPR author interview homepage. Then click on an interview title such as “Writing the Wicked Ways of the Worst. Person. Ever.” There you can listen to the five minute eighteen second interview that was featured on All Things Considered on April 19, 2014, read highlights of the interview, and read an excerpt of the book compliments of Penguin publishing. In this case there are no links to related stories. It’s as simple as that.
In future posts I will recommend other sites that offer author interviews. For now, I leave you with my favorite.