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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In Dispute With Hachette, Amazon Aims New Volley At Authors

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Award-Winning Children's Book Author Walter Dean Myers Dies

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Almost Intermediate: Adults Learn Lessons In 'Late Starters Orchestra'

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Irish poet William Butler Yeats makes a recording for the radio. Scroll down to hear him read his poem "The Lake Isle of Innisfree." Culture Club/Getty Images hide caption

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How Rhythm Carries A Poem, From Head To Heart

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From 'The Magic Tree House,' Kids Branch Out To Chapter Books

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Court OKs Universities' Quest To Turn To More Digital Copies Of Books

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Amazon's Pricing Dispute Sets Book Expo Buzzing

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Maya Angelou, poet in residence at Wake Forest University, talks about the poem she wrote for President Clinton's inauguration from her office in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Sept. 16, 1996. Chuck Burton/AP hide caption

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Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86

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Larry McMurtry Loves The West, But Knocks The Cowboy Off His High Horse

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