Rachel Shea

James McBride, who has written for National Geographic Magazine, won the National Book Award for fiction last night for his novel, The Good Lord Bird. McBride hadn’t prepared a speech because he didn’t think he would win—his competition included Thomas Pynchon and Jhumpa Lahiri—but he recounted how he lost his mother, his niece, and his...

A novel told from a gorilla’s point of view won the 2013 winner of the Newbery Medal, the top honor in American children’s literature. The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate, is based on the true story of Ivan, a gorilla that was kept for 27 years at a department store in Tacoma, Wash....

By Rachel Hartigan Shea Getting people out of a storm’s danger zones is a key step toward preventing loss of life. To find out what experts know about getting the word out, we spoke to Jay Baker, an associate professor of geography at Florida State University. Why do some people stay in their homes despite...