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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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Long-Lost Letter That Inspired 'On The Road' Style Has Been Found

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Amazon, Hachette Reach Agreement Over E-Book Prices

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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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Tom Magliozzi, Popular Co-Host Of NPR's 'Car Talk,' Dies At 77

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Amazon Deal With Simon & Schuster Raises Questions For Other Publishers

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French Novelist Patrick Modiano Wins Literature Nobel

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Nobel Literature Judge Disparages Western Writers - Again

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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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In 'Lila,' A Nomad Finds Solace And Love In The Arms Of A Preacher

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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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For Her First Trilogy, Jane Smiley Returns To Iowa, 'Where The Roots Are'

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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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Too Graphic? 2014 Banned Books Week Celebrates Challenged Comics

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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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To Achieve Diversity In Publishing, A Difficult Dialogue Beats Silence

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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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In Elite MFA Programs, The Challenge Of Writing While 'Other'

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Over 900 Authors Lend Their Names To A Letter Backing Hachette

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"When there is danger, when there is destruction, we kind of feel like we're on the edge of life, fully alive, and that can really bring out some strong prose," says author Mitchell Zuckoff. iStockphoto hide caption

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Travel Disasters Bring Out The Best, The Worst ... And The Cannibalism

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In addition to her 15 novels, Nadine Gordimer authored several volumes of short stories and nonfiction. Radu Sigheti/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Writer Nadine Gordimer Captured Apartheid's Contradictions

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