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Naomi Shihab Nye

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Naomi Shihab Nye's new novel for children is The Turtle of Oman

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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Azar Nafisi

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Azar Nafisi's new book is The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books

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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Dennis Lehane

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Dennis Lehane’s film The Drop has been released

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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Suzan-Lori Parks

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Suzan-Lori Parks wins the 2014 Horton Foote 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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Roz Chast

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Roz Chast's Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? longlisted for the National Book 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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Louise Glück

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Louise Glück's new book will is Faithful and Virtuous Night

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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Robert Hass

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Robert Hass has received the Wallace Stevens Award, for outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry.

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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Neil Gaiman

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Neal Gaiman's new book is Hansel and Gretel

"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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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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Erik Larson

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Erik Larson's next book will be Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

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 In The Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin.

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Alexander McCall Smith

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Alexander McCall Smith's Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party coming out as a Kindle Single on August 5th

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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Michael Pollan

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Michael Pollan receives The James Beard Foundation's 2014 Leadership Award

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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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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Jad Abumrad

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Jad Abumrad joins the Steven Barclay Agency

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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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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Daniel Handler

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Daniel Handler will host the 2014 National Book Awards in November 2014

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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Armistead Maupin

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Armistead Maupin's short story, Jackie Old released as a Kindle Single

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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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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Ina Garten

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Ina Garten receives 2014 James Beard Foundation Award

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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Sharon Olds

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Sharon Olds awarded the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry

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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Barry Lopez

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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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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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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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Elizabeth Kolbert

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Elizabeth Kolbert was recently awarded the Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism

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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