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Book News: Michael Vick Cancels Book Tour Because Of Threats

Also: Maurice Sendak's watercolors; the longlist for the Women's Prize for Fiction is announced; and complaints against Bob Woodward's book on John Belushi.
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First African-American Poet Still Showing New Work

Jupiter Hammon lived and died in slavery. But he still managed to become the first published African American poet. Now a newfound poem by him shows how complex his thoughts on religion and slavery really were.
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Book News: Hippies Were Dirty And Liked Music By Satanists, Louisiana Textbook Claims

Also: Sarah Palin is writing a book about Christmas; Rachel Aviv on the literary genius of Julian Jaynes; author Sarah Manguso on memoir.
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'Bowery Boys' Are Amateur But Beloved New York Historians

For their popular podcast, two longtime friends sit down at a kitchen table and share little-known anecdotes and historical facts about New York. Its bare-bones production hasn't hurt its popularity — it's been downloaded 5 million times in the past five years.
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A New TV Type: The Spunky, Obsessive Female 'Hummingbird'

New Yorker critic Emily Nussbaum wants to add one more character to that long, familiar list of television's archetypes — the optimistic, ambitious, off-putting leading lady. She says Parks and Recreation's Leslie Knope and Homeland's Carrie Mathison both fall into this new category.
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Remembering Lillian Cahn, Creator Of The Coach Handbag

Cahn's inspiration for the high-end leather totes came from her experience delivering noodles during the Depression. "One of her suggestions early on was: Why can't we make a shopping bag, but out of leather?" recalls her husband, Miles Cahn. Lillian Cahn died March 4 at age 89.
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'Frankenstein's Cat': Bioengineering The Animals Of The Future

Science journalist Emily Anthes talks about how scientists are engineering mice with tumors and working to create pigs that can grow organs for human transplant and insects that could serve as drones for the military.
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Edible Bonsai: East Meets West On These Cookie Canvases

Art student Risa Hirai has turned her skills in oil painting to elaborate icing decoration. Her works, on exhibit this week at Gallery Tokyo Humanite, feature traditional Japanese motifs on a very Western canvas: cookies
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Book News: Amazon Tries To Claim '.book' Domain; Publishers Fight Back

Also: the best books coming out this week; Mindy Kaling is writing another memoir; and Francine Prose explores dreams in literature.

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