No books in the newspaper? Try radio

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Just when newspapers are cutting books coverage (news, interviews, reviews) and firing book critics, National Public Radio is in the middle of revamping its website to include greater coverage of books and intellectual news. The radio network hired six new book reviewers, including Jessa Crispin, founder of the literary blog Bookslut.com; John Freeman, book critic and former president of the National Book Critics Circle; and Laurel Maury, freelance reviewer. It has added weekly book reviews, author podcasts, critics’ lists, and other content. Joe Matazzoni, NPR’s senior supervising producer, told Publishers Weekly last month that books are one of the top three categories that attract people to its website. —Caitlin Baker

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