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Clifford the Big Red Dog was one of several popular books Scholastic turned into a children's television show. Courtesy of Scholastic hide caption

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Colum McCann won the National Book Award in 2009 for Let the Great World Spin. Dustin Aksland hide caption

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The "American novelists" category on Wikipedia now includes a controversial subcategory: "American women novelists." Wikipedia hide caption

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This Dec. 26, 2004, photograph shows a trail of destruction in the southern Sri Lankan town of Lunawa after tidal waves lashed more than half of Sri Lanka's coastline. Sena Vidanagama/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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