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Three-Minute Fiction

The Three-Minute Fiction contest is over, but the fun is just beginning. We received 3,400 stories in Round 7 and our readers from Iowa Writer's Workshop and New York University are hard at work trying to get to all of them. NPR's Lynn Neary and Bob Mondello bring two of these stories to life: "Misshapen" by Aaron Maltz and "The Young and the Old" by Alex Swiatek.
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The Old Man And The Boat: Hemingway On The Pilar

There are countless biographies of Ernest Hemingway, but none of his beloved fishing boat, Pilar. A new book by Paul Hendrickson looks at the great writer's relationship with the boat.
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'Elizabeth And Hazel': The Legacy Of Little Rock

Author David Margolick explores the tumultuous lives of — and off-and-on relationship between — Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan, two women made famous by the 1957 "Crisis at Little Rock," where Eckford was one of the first black students to attend a major high school in the formerly segregated south.
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A Muse Gets Mad In Oyeyemi's Magical 'Mr. Fox'

Writer St. John Fox is killing off his heroines, and his imaginary muse Mary has had enough. "You're a serial killer," Mary tells Fox, before challenging him to write stories that don't end in death. Novelist Helen Oyeyemi talks about her fourth novel with NPR's Audie Cornish.
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Zen And 'The Art of Fielding': Baseball As Life

Chad Harbach's acclaimed debut novel, The Art Of Fielding, is full of wins and losses. But when a star player chokes, the book raises big questions about the things we chase in life — and what happens when we fall short.
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'The Cat's Table': A Romp Through Mystery, Memories

Michele Norris talks to Booker Prize winner Michael Ondaatje about his new novel The Cat's Table.
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'Freedom': Franzen's Novel Earns High Praise

Why all the adulatory attention, critics ask, for Jonathan Franzen's latest domestic drama about marriage and family? Even though Franzen gets more praise for doing what many fine female writers do "backwards and in heels," critic Maureen Corrigan says Freedom has earned its accolades.

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