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'Market Power' And The American Author

Many authors struggle to make a living in America, thanks to smaller advances, shrinking royalties and the merging of publishing houses and the impact of e-books. The challenges are embraced by some and make others wary. Writer Scott Turow, who's also president of the Authors Guild, is in the latter camp. Host Jacki Lyden talks to Turow about his recent New York Times op-ed on the topic.
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Racism And Reinvention: The Story Of 'The Black Russian'

We hear about the life of Frederick Bruce Thomas, an American born to former slaves who became one of the richest, most famous men in Moscow.

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Book Review: 'The Blue Fox'

Critic Alan Cheuse has a review of The Blue Fox written by the Icelandic novelist Sjon, who also writes lyrics for Bjork.
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Mark Mazzetti: "The Way of the Knife"

The mission of the CIA and its role in national security has been a subject of debate from the earliest days of the clandestine agency. Reporter Mark Mazzetti gives us a look at some of the personalities shaping the agency as it faces questions about controversial tactics.

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Lemony Snicket Dons A Trenchcoat

In Who Could That Be at This Hour?, a prequel to A Series of Unfortunate Events, Daniel Handler satirizes pulp mysteries and uncovers the parallels between detective fiction and childhood. In both, he says, an outsider is trying to make his way in a mysteriously corrupt world.
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Book News: DC Comics Introduces First Transgender Character

Also: Ireland bungles James Joyce coins; a literary hoax; and a new D.H Lawrence manuscript.
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A Blooming Mistake: Irish James Joyce Coin Misquotes Author

The Irish Central Bank announced the launch of a limited-edition coin to honor the Irish writer. When the error was pointed out, the bank put it down to "artistic representation," and said it would continue with the sale of the coin.

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