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Book News: Vast 'Digital Public Library Of America' Opens Today

Also: an animated interview with David Foster Wallace; the self-publishing trend; and a spirited defense of Justin Bieber.
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Book News: Pulitzer 'Winner' Takes on A Whole New Meaning

Also: Shakespeare's favorite month; Edith Wharton's birthplace is now a Starbucks; book cover designers on jacket art.
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Vivid Novel About North Korea Wins Pulitzer Honor

Adam Johnson took the fiction prize for The Orphan Master's Son, his sharp take on life in the authoritarian regime under Kim Jong Il.
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Book News: Pulitzer Fiction-Prize Watchers Can Rest Easy This Year

Also, Captain Underpants is under attack; Granta's new "Best Of Young British Novelists"; the Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist announced.
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Is The United States A 'Dispensable Nation'?

In his new book, The Dispensable Nation, former State Department adviser Vali Nasr explores the state of U.S. foreign policy in Afghanistan and beyond. Nasr says the U.S. "is happy ... to play a less important role, to no longer be the stabilizer."
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Diverse List Of Future British Literary Stars In Latest 'Granta'

Granta has published its once-a-decade list of the best young British novelists. It's a hefty volume that's showcased names like Salman Rushdie and David Mitchell in the past. This year's list is impressively diverse — though Granta editor John Freeman says that wasn't intentional.

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