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EXCLUSIVE: 'Nickel Boys,' 'Other Americans' Among Nominees For Aspen Words Prize

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The literary prize, which honors fiction that tackles tough social issues, has announced a longlist of 16 titles. The nominees for the $35,000 prize include some big names and plenty of debuts.

'Queen Of The Conquered' Serves Revenge With Delicacy And Savagery

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In their new novel, Kacen Callender builds a vast, immersive landscape based on the colonial history of the Caribbean, but it's their morally conflicted heroine who will really hook readers.

'Mama Hissa's Mice' Creep Through A Dystopian Future Kuwait

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Saud Alsanousi's novel follows a group of Kuwaiti kids growing up in the 1980s — then jumps to a near future torn by sectarian violence. It's a resonant book that asks more questions than it answers.

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'Badass': The 1 Word That Has Become A Lightning Rod For Many Female Chefs

In her new book, Charlotte Druckman asks over 100 female chefs and food writers if there are any words or phrases they wish people would stop using to describe them. One word was a bit of a surprise.

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London's 'Mudlark' Pulls Treasure From The Thames

"Mudlarks" were the people who made a living picking objects out of the mud along the River Thames. Writer Lara Maiklem follows in their tracks; she chronicles her journeys in a new book, Mudlark.

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Graphic Adaptation Of 'Heart Of Darkness' Takes On Canonical Racism, Artfully

Artist Peter Kuper has adapted Joseph Conrad's classic Heart of Darkness in a way that undercuts Conrad's depiction of Africa as a place of existential horror, and centers the African characters.

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In 'Like Falling Through A Cloud,' Eugenia Zukerman Explores Her Changing Mind

The classical flutist came back from the hospital after receiving an Alzheimer's diagnosis and felt compelled to write. The result is a stunning memoir that mixes poetry and prose.

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The Booker Prize Is Shared By The 12 Black Brits In 'Girl, Woman, Other'

Bernardine Evaristo's new award-winning novel follows a dozen different characters, aged 19-93. "I wanted to put as many black British women into it as possible," the author says.

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Scandal Brings Down A Remarkable College Basketball Team In 'The City Game'

The '50 City College of New York Beavers were the only team to win the NIT and the NCAA tournaments. Matthew Goodman's book details how a point-shaving plot came to dominate the team's legacy.

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Novelist Ernest J. Gaines Dies At Age 86

He won awards for his depictions of rural Louisiana featuring universal themes of hard work, sacrifice and resilience. His book The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman became a much-honored TV movie.

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In 'Mobituaries,' Mo Rocca Gives People The Second Send-Offs They Deserved

The humorist has expanded his podcast series into a book of essays on the historical figures (and objects, like station wagons, and empires, like Prussia) that didn't get enough love the first time.

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Ringo Starr Gives Us Another Peek Behind The Curtain With 'Another Day In The Life'

His latest book contains over 500 photographs, a combination of images shot by Ringo himself and bits pulled from The Beatles' archives.

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'Felon' Author Says, 'Everybody Has To Tell Their Kids Something'

Lawyer-poet Reginald Dwayne Betts for years hid the fact that he had served time in prison. Now, this time in his life is at the center of his new collection of poems.