J.K. Rowling recently revealed herself to be the author of the mystery novel The Cuckoo's Calling. Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images hide caption

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Novelist Sara Gran also writes for the HBO show Southland. Deborah Lopez/Houghton Mifflin hide caption

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Colum McCann's new book imagines the intersections of three historic flights across the Atlantic Ocean. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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U.S. Navy sailors form a ceremonial guard at a wreath-laying ceremony to memorialize the victims of the attack on Pearl Harbor and pay tribute to the veterans of World War II in front of the Lone Sailor statue at the Naval Memorial in Washington, D.C., in December 2003. Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images hide caption

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Gail Godwin, whose latest novel is Flora, has been a finalist for the National Book Award and a Guggenheim fellow. David Hermon/Bloomsbury Press hide caption

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Patricia Volk is an essayist, novelist and memoirist. She grew up in a restaurant-owning family in New York City. Random House hide caption

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