James Ellroy lives in Los Angeles, which serves as the setting for much of his work. Jenniffer Carroll/Knopf hide caption

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Canadian Margaret Atwood is the author of more than a dozen novels including The Handmaid's Tale, The Blind Assassin and Oryx and Crake, as well as works of poetry and nonfiction. Jean Malek/Random House hide caption

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