Nuruddin Farah is the author of 11 novels, including Maps, Gifts and Secrets. He is a professor of literature at Bard. Riverhead hide caption

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Scene still from Bert Williams Lime Kiln Field Day Project. Bert Williams, Walker Thompson (standing center), John Wesley Jenkins (seated right). In a concession to white audiences, Williams, the lead, wore blackface, but the other black characters did not. Museum of Modern Art hide caption

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Roz Chast drew on memories of her parents — and actually drew them — for her Kirkus Prize-winning memoir, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? Bill Franzen hide caption

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