Born in Oslo, Per Petterson worked as a bookseller, a translator and literary critic before becoming a full-time writer. Finn Stale Felberg hide caption

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Brandon Hamilton, a senior and economics major at Reed College, does schoolwork on his iPad by the college's Old Dorm Block. Kevin Myers hide caption

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Jonathan Franzen is also the author of The Corrections: A Novel and The Discomfort Zone, a memoir. Greg Martin hide caption

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos recently entered an exclusive agreement with the Wylie Agency to sell e-book versions of some of its pre-digital classics. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Jennifer Egan's short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers and McSweeny's. Pieter M. van Hattem hide caption

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To Kill a Mockingbird was adapted into a film in 1962, starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, Mary Badham as Scout and Phillip Alford as Jem. Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images hide caption

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Portuguese author Jose Saramago did not start writing fiction until late in life, but he produced more than a dozen novels. On Friday, Saramago died at his home in the Canary Islands after a long illness. He is pictured above in 1997. Bengt Eurenius/AP hide caption

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M.J. Rose is the author of the best-selling Reincarnationist series and the founder, a marketing company for authors. Mary Regan hide caption

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The flower show Emily Dickinson's Garden: The Poetry of Flowers, at the New York Botanical Garden, re-creates a 19th- century-style New England garden. John Peden hide caption

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