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Roving Literary Death Match Aims To Breathe Life Into Literature

Imagine writers on stage, squared off in a fight to the death. That's the idea behind Literary Death Match –- kind of. It's a performance series that pits authors against each other in live readings.
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If Anyone Can Make Golf Exciting, It'd Be Dan Jenkins

The legendary sportswriter's new memoir, His Ownself, takes readers from his idyllic childhood in Fort Worth to his years as a globetrotting golf fan and founder of Sports Illustrated.
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Cheever Biographer Turns His Eye On His Own Troubled Family

Blake Bailey has written about John Cheever and Richard Yates — now, he's describing real-life suburban alcoholic despair in a memoir of his troubled brother, The Splendid Things We Planned.
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With Teens And Social Media, Lack Of Context Is Everything

Social media star Danah Boyd's new book on teens, It's Complicated, argues that most adults misread and overreact to the online lives of young people. (This story originally aired on Feb. 25, 2014.)
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Power And Violence In Ukraine And Mexico

While writer Anthony Marra sees literary links between Ukraine's past and present turmoil, conflict in Kiev and the arrest of the infamous "El Chapo" remind novelist Zachary Lazar of a Mexican author.
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Rep. Keith Ellison Wonders Why 'People Care' About His Muslim Faith

Rep. Keith Ellison didn't expect all the controversy he caused after becoming the first Muslim elected to Congress. He talks about his faith journey in his new book My Country 'Tis of Thee.
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Book Review: 'Night in Shanghai'

Alan Cheuse reviews Night in Shanghai, by Nicole Mones.
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These Stories Consider Solitude, With Echoes Of Emily Dickinson

It's been 15 years since acclaimed writer Lorrie Moore has brought out a new short story collection. Bark has some clunkers and some keepers, but critic Maureen Corrigan says it was worth the wait.
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When It Comes To Women's Writing, How Do Publications Stack Up?

For the fourth year in a row, VIDA has tallied the gender breakdown in prominent literary journals. Some outlets, like The New York Times Book Review, have grown more equal; others, not so much.
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Comedian Ages With Humor — And Effort

In her new book of essays, I See You Made an Effort, comedian Annabelle Gurwitch muses on middle-aged life. Critic Heller McAlpin says that the book, infused throughout with "sharp wit," is hilarious.

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