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Author Chronicles Ever-Changing Life On The Border

Author Luis Alberto Urrea's writing career has focused on life along the U.S.-Mexican border and the lives of people who cross it. Changes in state and U.S. immigration policy all influence those lives — and thus Alberto Urrea's work — in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.
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Colum McCann Links Communities With Storytelling

When Colum McCann came to the U.S. from Ireland in the early 1980s, he set out on a cross-country bicycle trip to get to know his new country and its stories. He's spent the years since telling those tales through prose. With his Story Swap project, McCann is helping diverse communities better understand each other by sharing their own stories.
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Writers Offer Alternate Lens On Modern Middle East

News from the Middle East often centers on political conflict. But there is a more personal aspect to many of the recent events that shaped the Middle East, from the Iranian Revolution to the Arab Spring. Writers from the region have long been capturing those facets through poetry, song and fiction and nonfiction prose.
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Linda Hirshman: Gay Rights On Road To 'Victory'

Linda Hirshman's new book Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution draws on hundreds of in-depth interviews and archival material to chronicle the fight for gay rights in America. Hirshman talks to Michel Martin about some key leaders in this history and how their accomplishments have expanded opportunities for those who do not identify as LGBT.
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As The Earth Slows, This 'Miracle' Becomes Calamity

The 2004 earthquake in Indonesia was so powerful, it sped up Earth's rotation by a fraction of a second each day. That detail inspired Karen Thompson Walker's debut novel, which imagines a world in which Earth has inexplicably begun to slow down, leading to a series of calamitous changes.

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