Evan S. Connell, whose literary explorations ranged from Depression-era Kansas City in the twin novels Mrs. Bridge and Mr. Bridge to Custer's last stand in Son of the Morning Star, died Thursday in Santa Fe, N.M. AP hide caption

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Alice Munro is a Canadian writer and the winner of the 2009 Man Booker International Prize for her lifetime body of work. Derek Shapton/Courtesy of Knopf hide caption

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Louise Erdrich's debut novel, Love Medicine, won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1984. Her other books include The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse and The Plague of Doves. Paul Emmel/Harper hide caption

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