Culture Crash 20-33: A Collection of Science Fiction

The Forward is a new science fiction series of six short novellas written by prominent authors in the genre. We discuss the appeal and if the new release is worth the purchase.

Culture Crash 19-39: Stephen King’s latest novel, The Institute

Stephen King’s latest novel, The Institute, sees the famed storyteller excelling at something he has done better than other writers for decades: telling a story from the perspective of a child.

Culture Crash 19-29: What To Do When You Don’t Really Like the Book You’re Reading

It happens to everyone. Despite your perseverance, you just can’t get into the book you’re reading. Do you push yourself to keep on going or give up and raise a white flag?

Culture Crash 19-17: Adapting a Book Into a Movie: Annihilation

The sci-fi adventure movie, Annihilation, is based on a book but the adaptation is looser than what we typically expect. How director Alex Garland created something new.

19-14 Segment 1: The Role of a Literary Editor

You see authors thank their editors all the time in the acknowledgements section of a book. But exactly what does an editor do? We talk to an editor himself who explains to us what an editor does to get the book from a manuscript to the finished copy on store shelves.

19-13 Segment 1: Using YA Fiction to Help Young People Process Big Issues

For a few decades now, teens have flocked to YA novels like The Hunger Games or The Fault in Our Stars. Why are they so popular? We talk to two novelists who say young adult fiction can help teens consider big issues and life and ‘practice’ their responses to real-world problems like violence and drugs.

18-49 Segment 2: Winter Reads for 2018

It’s getting cold outside, which means it’s time to cuddle up with some good books to pass the time. Or maybe you’re just on the prowl for some holiday gifts for the reader in your life. Either way, we have some options for what to read this winter.

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Culture Crash 18-27: What to do when you don’t really like the book you’re reading

It’s a dilemma many of us face from time to time: Should you keep reading a book even if you don’t like it very much, or should you set it down?

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Culture Crash 17-36: Reading Non-Fiction

It’s often tempting to stay in the more comfortable waters of fiction novels, but non-fiction books have a lot to offer when we give them a try.

15-29 Segment 2: The Story Behind the Crime Novel

  Synopsis: Crime novels are among the most popular reading in the U.S., and nobody writes a more engaging, suspenseful and factually accurate story than award-winning and best-selling novelist Patricia Cornwell. Her Kay Scarpetta series is full of detailed forensic information, and we talked to her about how she gathers her facts and actually experiences …

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