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In college, Laurie Halse Anderson thought she might become a translator — and in a way, she did. "I translate imagination onto the page," she says. Randy Fontanilla/Penguin Random House hide caption

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20 Years After 'Speak,' Laurie Halse Anderson Tells Her Own Story In 'Shout'

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W.S. Merwin found inspiration in his conservation work and in his home on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Jill Greenberg/Courtesy of Copper Canyon Press hide caption

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Poet W.S. Merwin, Who Was Inspired By Conservation, Dies At 91

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Evan Thomas breaks new ground with extraordinary access to Sandra Day O'Connor, her papers, journals — and even 20 years of her husband's diary. Mike Moore/WireImage/Getty Images hide caption

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Shrill executive producer Lindy West enjoyed making a fictionalized version of her life: "You can work out all your grudges and your resentments against everyone you've ever met, except with this plausible deniability because it's fictional," she says. Jenny Jimenez/Hulu hide caption

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In 'Shrill,' Lindy West Made The Body Positive Show That She Never Had

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Just 'Follow This Thread': You're Meant To Get Lost In This Book About Mazes

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Meet The Lagoon's Forgotten Lady And See 'The Strangest Movie Never Made'

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Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong'o, a professor at the University of California, Irvine who is often tipped for the Nobel Prize in Literature, has issued a new collection of short stories. Daniel A. Anderson/University of California, Irvine/Courtesy of The New Press hide caption

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'Nobel Of The Heart' Is The Real Prize For Author Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

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For Priest Turned Professor, 'Holy Envy' Is Key To Appreciating World Religions

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Menstruate? Celebrate! New Novel Urges Girls To Embrace 'The Moon Within'

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A volunteer holds up a "Hush Y'all" sign at an LPGA golf tournament in 2012 in Mobile, Ala. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images hide caption

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Y'all Heard? An Argument For The Great Southern Pronoun

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