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Azar Nafisi

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Azar Nafisi Receives the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Creativity Laureate Award

Azar Nafisi is best known as the author of the national bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, which electrified its readers with a compassionate and often harrowing portrait of the Islamic revolution in Iran and how it affected one university professor and her students. Her new book, The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books, a powerful and passionate case for the vital role of fiction in America today.

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Elizabeth Kolbert

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Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize

Growing out of a ground-breaking three-part series in The New Yorker, Elizabeth Kolbert’s book Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change brings the environment into the consciousness of the American people and asks what, if anything, can be done, and how we can save our planet.

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Sarah Koenig

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Sarah Koenig's Serial awarded the 2014 Peabody Award

Sarah Koenig worked for more than ten years as a producer of This American Life before she and Julie Snyder started Serial. She’s guest-hosted TAL several times, most memorably for the "No Coincidence, No Story" show.

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Jad Abumrad

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Jad Abumrad's Radiolab episode 60 Words wins a 2014 George Foster Peabody Award.

Jad Abumrad was honored as a 2011 MacArthur Fellow.  The MacArthur Foundation website says:  “Abumrad is inspiring boundless curiosity within a new generation of listeners and experimenting with sound to find ever more effective and entertaining ways to explain ideas and tell a story.”

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Julie Snyder

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Julie Snyder's Serial awarded the 2014 Peabody Award

Julie Snyder created Serial with Sarah Koenig. She's also the Senior Producer of This American Life, which she runs side by side with Ira Glass, setting the editorial agenda of the program, but also overseeing and editing hundreds of individual stories and episodes.

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Ina Garten

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Ina Garten was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2015.

Ina Garten teaqches people the pleasures of good food, cooked with love and intention via her books and television shows. Her new book, Barefoot Contessa: Foolproof, is at #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list.

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Marion Nestle

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Marion Nestle's next book will be Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning)

The James Beard Foundation awarded Marion Nestle with a 2013 Leadership Award for "her research and writing on how science and society influence dietary advice and practice and the impact it has had on our food system and in improving the way America eats."

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Frances Mayes

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Frances Mayes' Under the Tuscan Sun still a New York Times bestseller!

A widely published poet and essayist, Frances Mayes has written numerous books of poetry, including Sunday in Another Country, After Such Pleasures, The Arts of Fire, Hours, The Book of Summer, and Ex Voto.  When she saw Bramasole, a neglected, 200-year old Tuscan farmhouse nestled in five overgrown acres, it was love at first sight. Out of that instant infatuation have come five marvelous, and hugely popular, books. Frances's most recent book, co-authored with Edward Mayes, is The Tuscan Sun Cookbook: Recipes from My Italian Kitchen.

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Roz Chast

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Roz Chast receives the Heinz Award

Cartoonist Roz Chast is a brilliant interpreter of the everyday.  Her cartoons depict neuroses, hilarity, angst and domesticity and are loaded with words, objects and patterns. She has recently been awarded a New York City Literary Honor, given to living writers whose work and lives have been informed by New York City, as a way of highlighting its place as home to the publishing industry and an inspiration to authors. In 2013 she was inducted as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Jane Hirshfield

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Jane Hirshfield's new books are The Beauty, and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World

Jane Hirshfield’s poetry speaks to the central issues of human existence—desire and loss, impermanence and beauty, the many dimensions of our connection with others and the wider community of creatures and objects with which we share our lives. Her most recent book, Come Thief, is now in paperback.

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Dennis Lehane

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Dennis Lehane’s new book is World Gone By

Dennis Lehane grew up in Boston. Since his first novel, A Drink Before the War, won the Shamus Award, he has published nine more novels.

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Sharon Olds

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Sharon Olds elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Sharon Olds is the author of eight volumes of poetry. Her poetry, says Michael Ondaatje, is “pure fire in the hands,” and David Leavitt in the Voice Literary Supplement describes her work as “remarkable for its candor, its eroticism, and its power to move.”

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Art Spiegelman

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Art Spiegelman has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Art Spiegelman has almost single-handedly brought comic books out of the toy closet and onto the literature shelves. He believes that in our post-literate culture the importance of the comic is on the rise, for "comics echo the way the brain works. People think in iconographic images, not in holograms, and people think in bursts of language, not in paragraphs.”

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Suzan-Lori Parks

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Suzan-Lori Parks' new play, Father Comes Home From the Wars, wins the Kennedy Prize

Named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Innovators for the Next New Wave,” Suzan-Lori Parks is one of the most exciting and acclaimed playwrights in American drama today. Her adaptation of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival.

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Neil Gaiman

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Neal Gaiman receives the James Joyce Award

"I make things up and write them down" is the way Neil Gaiman describes his varied art. Today, as one of the most celebrated writers of our time, his popular and critically acclaimed works bend genres while reaching audiences of all ages.

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Sarah Vowell

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Sarah Vowell's next book will be Lafayette in the Somewhat United States (Riverhead, October 2015)

Sarah Vowell is the New York Times’ bestselling author of six nonfiction books on American history and culture.  By examining the connections between the American past and present, she offers personal, often humorous accounts of everything from presidents and their assassins to colonial religious fanatics, as well as thoughts on American Indians, utopian dreamers, pop music and the odd cranky cartographer.

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Naomi Shihab Nye

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Naomi Shihab Nye's novel for children, The Turtle of Oman, was chosen both a Best Book of 2014 by The Horn Book, and a 2015 Notable Children's Book by the American Library Association.

Naomi Shihab Nye describes herself as a “wandering poet.” She has spent 37 years traveling the country and the world to lead writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages. Nye uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity. In October 2012 she was named laureate of the 2013 NSK Prize for Children’s Literature. The NSK Prize is a juried award sponsored by the University of Oklahoma and World Literature Today, OU’s award‐winning magazine of international literature and culture.

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Miranda July

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Miranda July's novel The First Bad Man, is a New York Times Bestseller

Miranda July is a filmmaker, artist, and writer. Her videos, performances, and web-based projects have been presented at  the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum and in two Whitney Biennials.

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Erik Larson

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Erik Larson's new book is Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania is #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list

Erik Larson is the author of three New York Times bestsellers, including The Devil in the White City, which remained on the Times‘ hardcover and paperback lists for a combined total of over three years. His most recent book is Dead Wake, The Last Crossing of the Lusitania.

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Alexander McCall Smith

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Alexander McCall Smith's book Emma: A Modern Retelling will be released in April 2015

Alexander McCall Smith has written and contributed to more than 100 books, including specialist academic titles, short story collections, and a number of immensely popular children's books. He is best known for his internationally acclaimed and bestselling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, which currently has 13 volumes.

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Louise Glück

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Louise Glück's collection of poems, Faithful and Virtuous Night, was awarded the 2014 National Book Award for Poetry.

Louise Glück is the author of numerous books of award winning poetry.  A volume of her collected poems, titled Poems 1962-2012, was published by FSG in November 2012.

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Chris Ware

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Chris Ware works on exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago

Chris Ware's work has appeared in many national and international art exhibits to increasing international fame. His newest book, Building Stories, was awarded four Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. The awards are for Best Graphic Album—New, Best Lettering, Best Writer/Artist, and Best Publication Design.

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Michael Chabon

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Michael Chabon is lyricist for Mark Ronson’s album titled Uptown Special

Michael Chabon was born in 1963, in Washington, D.C. and raised mostly in Columbia, a planned city with utopian aspirations in the Maryland tobacco country. He studied at Carnegie-Mellon . His newest novel, Telegraph Avenue, is now available...

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Billy Collins

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Billy Collins'   Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems 2003 – 2013 is a New York Times bestseller

Billy Collins is an American phenomenon. No poet since Robert Frost has managed to combine high critical acclaim with such broad popular appeal. In April 2013 he was selected as the fourth winner of the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry..

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Daniel Handler

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Daniel Handler's new novel is We Are Pirates

Daniel Handler is the author of the literary novels The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, and, forthcoming, We Are Pirates. Under the name Lemony Snicket he has also written a best selling sequence of books for children, known collectively as A Series of Unfortunate Events. In 2014, Netflix acquired rights to produce an original series based on  A Series of Unfortunate Events.

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Jeffrey Brown

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Jeffrey Brown explores society through the lens of poetry in The News (May 2015)

Jeffrey Brown is Chief Correspondent for Arts, Culture, and Society for the PBS NewsHour, public television's prestigious nightly news program viewed by millions. His is a voice known by those who may not know his name. He is currently working on a book of prose and poetry titled The News to be released by Copper Canyon Press in May 2015

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Luis J. Rodriguez

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Luis J. Rodriguez' is the new Los Angeles Poet Laureate

Luis J. Rodriguez' recently released memoir, It Calls You Back: An Odyssey of Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing, continues from where the award-winning first volume of his memoirs, Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A., left off.  In 2012 he was named one of LA Weekly’s most interesting people in Los Angeles.

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Eve Ensler

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Eve Ensler's new play is titled O.P.C.

Eve Ensler, Tony Award-winning playwright, performer, and activist, is the author of The Vagina Monologues, which has been translated into over 48 languages, performed in over 140 countries, including sold-out runs at both Off-Broadway’s Westside Theater and on London’s West End (2002 Olivier Award nomination, Best Entertainment), and has run for 10 years in Mexico City and Paris.

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Michael Pollan

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Michael Pollan awarded the 2014 Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest

For the past twenty years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect: food, agriculture, gardens, drugs, and architecture. His new book is  Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation.

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Armistead Maupin

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Armistead Maupin honored by the 2014 Outfest Legacy Awards

Launched in 1976 as a groundbreaking serial in the San Francisco Chronicle, Armistead Maupin’s iconic Tales of the City series has since blazed its own trail through popular culture – from a sequence of globally best-selling novels, to a Peabody Award-winning television miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney now celebrating its 20th anniversary. The next Tales novel, The Days of Anna Madrigal, was released was released in January 2014 and was an immediate best seller.

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Terry Tempest Williams

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Terry Tempest Williams awarded Sierra Club's John Muir Award

Williams, like her writing, cannot be categorized.  She has testified before Congress on women’s health issues, been a guest at the White House, has camped in the remote regions of Utah and Alaska wildernesses and worked as "a barefoot artist" in Rwanda. Her most recent book, When Women Were Birds, debuted on the NYT Bestseller List at #33. It is also a National Indie Bestseller, debuting at #11. When Women Were Birds is was recently released as a paperback.

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Robert Hass

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Robert Hass' next book will be essays exploring poetic form titled A Little Book on Form: An Exploration Into the Formal Imagination of Poetry (Fall 2016, HarperCollins)

Robert Hass is, first of all, a poet of great eloquence, clarity, and force, whose work is rooted in the landscapes of his native Northern California. His book of essays, What Light Can Do: Essays on Art, Imagination, and the Natural World, is the recipient of the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay.

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Eric Schlosser

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Eric Schlosser's Command and Control to be released in paperback this month

As an investigative journalist, Eric Schlosser tries to explore subjects ignored by the mainstream media and give a voice to people at the margins of society. His book Command and Control is one of  the Time Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction Books.

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Bernard Cooper

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Bernard Coopers next book is My Avant-Garde Education: A Memoir (Feb 2015)

With his razor-sharp wit and unsparing honesty, Bernard Cooper peels back layers of the familiar, exposing the surprising truths that shape our lives. Cooper’s prose is resonant and exquisitely crafted. Often described as a “writer’s writer,” his disarming memoirs and fiction and his open-hearted, humorous readings and lectures have won him a loyal audience.

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Jaron Lanier

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Jaron Lanier's Who Owns the Future? awarded the 2014 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade

A Renaissance Man for the 21st century, Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, composer, visual artist, and author. His book, Who Owns the Future? was on the Amazon 2013 Best Books of the Year list

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Jhumpa Lahiri

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Jhumpa Lahiri will join the faculty of Princeton University in 2015

Jhumpa Lahiri received the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for Interpreter of Maladies, her debut story collection that explores issues of love and identity among immigrants and cultural transplants. With a compelling, universal fluency, Lahiri portrays the practical and emotional adversities of her diverse characters in elegant and direct prose.

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Russell Banks

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Russell Banks has been inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame.

Russell Banks grew up in a working-class world that has played a major role in shaping his writing. Through a dozen novels and short story collections that have won him Guggenheim and NEA grants and a St. Lawrence Prize for fiction, Banks has made a life’s work of charting the causes and effects of the terrible things “normal” men can and will do. 

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Michael Cunningham

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Michael Cunninghams next book will be A Wild Swan and Other Tales (2015)

Michael Cunningham was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1952 and grew up in La Canada, California. He received his B.A. in English Literature from Stanford University and his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa.

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