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Mark Billingham Is A Fan Of The Dark Side Of London

Three weeks before the London Summer Olympics, we are going to see the seedier side of the city. Mystery writer Mark Billingham shows off some of the places that inspired his dark, twisted thrillers. (This piece initially aired August 10, 2009 on Morning Edition).
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Jamaica Does Literary Fest With A Caribbean Twist

Rasta men, international literati and jerk chicken are just some of what you'll find at Jamaica's Calabash Literary Festival, an event that is reinventing the lit fest tradition by adding a distinctly Jamaican spirit. You may never look at those other wine-and-cheese shindigs in the same way.
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'African Booker' Defies Image Of Tragic Continent

The Caine Prize for African Writing recognizes an African writer each year for a short story written in English. This year's prize went to Nigerian Rotimi Babatunde for "Bombay's Republic." It's about a Nigerian soldier who fought in Burma during World War II. Host Michel Martin talks with Babatunde and CNN's Nima Elbagir, one of the judges.
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August 'Snow-Storm' Brought Devastation To D.C.

Washington, D.C., in the 1830s was a city of ferment. Free blacks were moving in, eventually outnumbering the city's slaves — a development that made whites very nervous. Those tensions came to a head in the now-forgotten race riot of 1835, an episode detailed in author Jefferson Morley's new book.
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Review: 'The Dream Of The Celt'

Alan Cheuse reviews The Dream of the Celt by Mario Vargas Llosa. Cheuse teaches creative writing at George Mason University.

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