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Whither Bridget Jones? Britain's 'Independent' Newspaper Goes Digital

Helen Fielding's memorable comic creation started as a series of columns in the Independent some 20 years ago; as the paper goes digital-only, Fielding says the next Bridget could come from a blog.
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From Reagan's Cyber Plan To Apple Vs. FBI: 'Everything Is Up For Grabs'

Fred Kaplan, author of Dark Territory, traces the history of cyber defense into the current heated debate between the FBI and Apple over the encryption of the iPhone.
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Helen Simonson: "The Summer Before The War"

The author of the bestselling novel “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” is back with a new work of fiction. "The Summer Before the War" begins in late summer 1914, where life in a sleepy English town is about to change.

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'Hollywood Hoofbeats' Chronicles The Horses That Captured Moviegoers' Hearts

Author Petrine Day Mitchum tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies that show business horses have been known to develop an actor's affection for the camera, often coming to life when the director says "action."
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Lee Smith: "Dimestore: A Writer's Life"

Lee Smith began writing stories as a child, selling them for a nickel apiece. The novelist on her new memoir about growing up in a small Appalachian town and how it shaped her life and her literature.

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Keys Are The Key To 'What Is Not Yours'

Writer Helen Oyeyemi's new collection features nine stories all linked through the idea of keys that open rooms, doors, even hearts. She says she felt haunted by keys while working on the book.
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'A Song Of Gratitude': Cuban-American Poet Hopeful Of Improved Relations

Cuban-American poet and author Margarita Engle praises President Obama's "courage to make peace" with Cuba. Her book Enchanted Air tells of being separated from her Cuban family members.
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With Fear, Determination And Poetry: How Great Writers Face Death

Katie Roiphe's The Violet Hour is a meditation on mortality in which she describes the last days of Maurice Sendak, Sigmund Freud, Susan Sontag, John Updike, James Salter and Dylan Thomas.
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'I Grew Up In The Shadow Of This': Writer Reflects On His Brother's Murder

David Kushner was 4 years old when his older brother Jon was killed. "I think with the loss of anybody, that person — they don't disappear," he says. Alligator Candy is his memoir of the experience.
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Grown Birds Squawk For Their Worm In 'The Nest'

Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney's debut novel, The Nest, is a funny family drama about a group of adult siblings squabbling over a long-awaited trust fund that's gotten unexpectedly alrger.

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