A Sous Chef, in the Heat of the Moment

Author and chef Michael Gibney has been working in some of the world's most renowned restaurants since age 16. His new book, "Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line" takes readers into the fast-paced world behind the kitchen door.

Rebecca Mead Visits the Library, Home

In this story from her new book, "My Life in Middlemarch" about her love of George Eliot's classic novel, New Yorker critic Rebecca Mead touches - and smells - literary history.

B.J. Novak and the Food Photographer

In addition to the story B.J. Novak told us for the broadcast, he shared this second, equally internet-appropriate story, "The Man Who Took Pictures of Everything He Ate."

B.J. Novak Creates a Detective for Our Time

Comedian, screenwriter, and actor B.J. Novak has just published his first book of humorous short stories. In this one, we are introduced to a thoroughly modern detective, Wikipedia Brown.

Sam Harris Will Not Be Upstaged by a Child

Singer, actor, all-around show-biz ham Sam Harris - now the author of "Ham: Slices of a Life, Essays, and Stories" - is forced to share the spotlight with a young ham-in-training.

The Big Literary Successes of a ‘Little Failure’

Lauded author Gary Shtenyngart has penned hit novels including "Super Sad True Love Story" and "Absurdistan." His newest book, "Little Failure" is his first memoir, named after the nickname his mother called him.