A stream of consciousness letter Neal Cassady wrote to Jack Kerouac helped inspire the style of On The Road. The original manuscript of the first draft of Jack Kerouac's best-seller is shown above. Darron Cummings/AP hide caption

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Tom Magliozzi's laugh boomed in NPR listeners' ears every week as he and his brother, Ray, bantered on Car Talk. Courtesy of Car Talk hide caption

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Marilynne Robinson won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her novel Gilead. Kelly Ruth Winter/Farrar, Straus and Giroux hide caption

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Jane Smiley's previous books include The Man Who Invented the ComputerTen Days in the Hills and Private Life. Michael Lionstar/Couresty of Knopf hide caption

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Repeat Offender: Dav Pilkey created artwork for Banned Books Week featuring his frequently complained-about hero, Captain Underpants. Dav Pilkey hide caption

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Author Junot Diaz says the publishing industry must have uncomfortable conversations about diversity. The alternative, he believes, is "utter, agonizing silence." Rick Reinhard/Flickr hide caption

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The Dey House, a 140-year-old mansion, is home to the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, one of the oldest MFA writing programs in the country. Director Lan Samantha Chang — who attended the workshop as a student — has made it a priority to attract students and faculty from diverse backgrounds to the program. Linda Kahlbaugh/AP hide caption

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