best of 2013

    Neil Gaiman, one of the world's most beloved fantasy authors, is known for his eclectic work including: The Sandman, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline and The Graveyard Book.

Now he's written his first novel for adults in eight years, The Ocean at the End of the Lane - a bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic which makes the impossible all too real.

  "Best of" lists start popping up in November. To ensure that we're sharing the best of the entire year, we've saved our music list for the very last morning of the year.

Will Hermes is a Senior Critic for Rolling Stone, a contributor to NPR's All Things Considered, and the author of Loves Goes To Buildings on Fire.

            As 2013 draws to a close, we look back at the best films of the year as determined by Shawn Stone - The Arts Editor of Metroland, The Alternative News Weekly of New York’s Capital Region.

Shawn's List:
10. Rush
9. American Hustle
8. Passion
7. Blue is the Warmest Color
6. Spring Breakers
5. Frances Ha
4. Fruitvale Station
3. The World's End
2. Before Midnight
1. Gravity

   Simon Winchester has never shied away from big, even enormous, topics—as evidenced by his bestselling biography of the Atlantic Ocean, his account of the Krakatoa volcanic eruption, and his wildly popular The Professor and the Madman, about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary.

In his new memoir, The Man with the Electrified Brain, he takes on arguably his most daunting subject yet: his own flirtation with madness, and one of nature’s greatest and most enduring mysteries, the human brain.

  Our interview with Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd originally aired on The Book Show. It is online here

  Our interview with George Saunders originally aired on The Book Show. It is online here.

  Our interview with Meg Wolitzer originally aired on The Book Show. The episode is online here.