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Whiting Awards Announce 10 Winners, Aiming To Honor Future Bookshelf Staples


Since it began in 1985, the annual prize has recognized emerging writers. And while you may not know the winners announced Wednesday, their futures are bright — if previous winners are any indication.

'Like A Jazz Musician': Past Poet Laureate Philip Levine's Posthumous LP


Before his death in 2015, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet collaborated with saxophonist Benjamin Boone in the recording studio. The results have finally been released as The Poetry Of Jazz.

Puerto Rican Cooking And The American South Mix In 'Coconuts And Collards'


Author Von Diaz' cookbook Coconuts and Collards offers a vegetable-forward take on foods she learned to cook from her Puerto Rican grandmother and on the fly in her family's kitchen near Atlanta, Ga.

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In Daniel Mallory Ortberg's Version, The Little Mermaid Inhales Souls

His new book The Merry Spinster infuses old stories with psychological horror, tackling issues of gender and property. "The blood was already there," he says. "I was just moving the blood around."

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Author Alan Hollinghurst On Secret Affairs, Narrative Gaps And Writing Gay Sex

The Man Booker Prize-winning author's new novel, The Sparsholt Affair, follows a father and son over decades of social change and sexual liberation.

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In Junot Diaz's 'Islandborn,' A Curious Child Re-Creates Her Dominican Roots

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author's new children's book follows Lola, a young Dominican-American who is "haunted by the fact that she was born on an island that she can't remember," Díaz says.

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Partition, Through A Child's Eyes, In 'The Night Diary'

Veera Hiranandani's new book is a coming of age story, for both her half-Muslim, half-Hindu heroine, 12-year-old Nisha, and Nisha's country — which is about to split into India and Pakistan.

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One Final Road Trip Takes A 'Census' Of The Hurt In The World

Jesse Ball's latest novel pairs a terminally ill man and his adult son, who has Down syndrome, in a mysterious hunt for information. Also, tattoos — they give out a lot of tattoos.

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Novelist Peter Carey Confronts Dark History In 'A Long Way From Home'

Carey says that as an Australian writer, he "couldn't not write" about Australia's mistreatment of its Aboriginal people. "This is the fundamental, bloody circumstance of my country," he says.

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New Book Dives Into How 'The Bachelor' Wooed The Nation

Amy Kaufman interviewed dozens of producers for her book Bachelor Nation. "They know your weak spots," she says. "That's really how they start to craft your narrative and turn you into a character."

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'It Just Felt Very Wrong': Sherman Alexie's Accusers Go On The Record

Author Sherman Alexie issued a statement in his own defense last week after allegations of sexual harassment began to circulate online. Now, several of the women accusing him are speaking to NPR.

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'Red Sparrow' Author And Ex-CIA Agent Says New Movie Gets Spy Life Right

Jason Matthews wrote the novel behind a new motion picture where a Russian spy (played by Jennifer Lawrence) is trained in the dual arts of seduction and espionage.


Aspen Words Literary Prize Finalists 'Capture The Messiness Of Reality'

The award, which focuses on pressing social issues, has revealed its inaugural shortlist — including fiction by Jesmyn Ward, Zinzi Clemmons, Mohsin Hamid, Samrat Upadhyay and Lesley Nneka Arimah.