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A.S. Byatt

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A.S. Byatt elected a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

A.S. Byatt  has always been a self-described 'greedy reader', who weaves her many interests — biology, history, philosophy among them — into her work. The results are novels with, as she has often stated, “the whole world in them;” books that teem with characters and ideas, books in which reading and writing usually prove a matter of life, death, and freedom.

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Scott Simon

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Scott Simon receives 2014 Charles Osgood Lifetime Achievement Award in Broadcast Journalism

From Ground Zero in New York to ground zero in Kabul, to police stations, refugee camps, snipers’ roosts, subway platforms, and theater stages, NPR's Peabody Award-winning Scott Simon has reported from all 50 states and every continent. He has covered ten wars, hundreds of campaigns, sieges, famines, hurricanes, earthquakes, civil wars, and scandals, state funerals and opening nights.

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Amy Tan

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Amy Tan has been awarded the Lawrence Sanders Award in Fiction.

Born in the US to immigrant parents from China, Amy Tan rejected her mother’s expectations that she become a doctor and concert pianist. She chose to write fiction instead. Her novels are The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter's Daughter, and Saving Fish from Drowning, all New York Times bestsellers and recipients of various awards.

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Frances Mayes

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Frances Mayes publishes Under Magnolia

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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Ira Glass

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Ira Glass/This American Life wins a 2014 Peabody award for their series 'Harper High School.'

Ira Glass is the host and creator of the public radio program This American Life. The show premiered on Chicago's public radio station WBEZ in 1995 and is now heard on more than 500 public radio stations each week by over 1.7 million listeners. The American Journalism Review declared that the show is "at the vanguard of a journalistic revolution." In 2013 Ira Glass received the Medal for Spoken Language from the American Academy of Arts & Letters.

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Eric Schlosser

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Eric Schlosser's Command and Control is a finalist for the 2013 California Book Award

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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Robert Hass

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Robert Hass publishes The Poetic Species: A Conversation with Edward O. Wilson and Robert Hass

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 recent 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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Joyce Carol Oates

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Joyce Carol Oates publishes High Crime Area: Tales of Darkness and Dread

There is no more versatile and accomplished American writer than Joyce Carol Oates. The author of many books, Oates has penned bestselling novels, critically acclaimed collections of short fiction, as well as essays, plays, poetry, a recent memoir, A Widow's Story, and an unlikely bestseller, On Boxing.

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Daniel Handler

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Daniel Handler as Lemony Snicket publishes File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents

Daniel Handler is the author of the literary novels The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, and, most recently, Adverbs. 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. He is also working on the continuing Snicket series, All The Wrong Questions, of which the newest is File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents. The next book in the series will be Shouldn't You Be in School? (September 2014).

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Daniel Mendelsohn

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Daniel Mendelsohn awarded the 2014 Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award

Daniel Mendelsohn’s award-winning essays and reviews have appeared in many publications. His internationally bestselling family holocaust story, The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, won the National Books Critics Circle Award,  the National Jewish Book Award, and the Prix Médicis. His most recent book is a collection of essays titled Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture.

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Marion Nestle

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United States Healthful Food Council named Dr. Marion Nestle as the Innovator of the Year

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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Michael Cunningham

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Michael Cunninghams next book will be The Snow Queen

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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Elizabeth Kolbert

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Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction is a New York TImes bestseller

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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Jaron Lanier

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Jaron Lanier awarded Goldsmith Book Prize for Who Owns the Future?

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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Alexander McCall Smith

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Alexander McCall Smith releases new book: The Forever Girl.

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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Armistead Maupin

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Armistead Maupin new book is The Days of Anna Madrigal

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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Eve Ensler

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Eve Ensler is working on a new play 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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David Sedaris

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David Sedaris has been nominated for a Grammy

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The audio version of his book Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls is a 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album.

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Russell Banks

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Russell Banks' new book is A Permanent Member of the Family

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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Billy Collins

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Billy Collins releases new book:   Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems 2003 – 2013

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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