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Bitch Planet takes place in a world dominated by men where offenses like being "noncompliant" can land a woman on a prison planet. Image Comics hide caption

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Former New York Times restaurant critic and Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl speaks in New York City in 2013. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The New York Times hide caption

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From left: Sodium benzoate, azodicarbonamide, shellac. The images are from Ingredients: A Visual Exploration of 75 Additives & 25 Food Products. Dwight Eschliman/Regan Arts hide caption

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In Kevin Henkes' new picture book, all of the figurines on the windowsill are waiting for something. "It's really about the concept of waiting," he says. HarperCollins Children's Books hide caption

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A survey from the Authors Guild reveals a 30 percent decline in author income since 2009. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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Author Mary Karr says she once broke her computer's delete key while writing a memoir. Deborah Feingold/HarperCollins hide caption

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"Poetry is a call to action," says poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, "and it also is action." Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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Joyce Carol Oates, pictured above on Easter, 1949. It is strange, she says, to live so long that you are older than your own parents were when they died. She uses the word "vertiginous" to describe the dizzying sensation of looking back on your life from a distance you can't believe you've traveled. Courtesy of Random House hide caption

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The Tattered Cover Book Store has served the Denver, Colo., area for more than 40 years. Now, longtime owner Joyce Meskis is preparing to retire and plans to sell to two publishing industry veterans. Tattered Cover hide caption

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Margo Jefferson is a writing professor at Columbia University. In 1994, she won a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism for her work at The New York Times. Michael Lionstar/Pantheon hide caption

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Jesse Eisenberg's plays include The Spoils and The Revisionist. Victoria Will/Invision/AP hide caption

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Salman Rushdie is the author of 12 novels, including Midnight's Children and The Satanic Verses. Rushdie was once the subject of death threats; now, when asked if he can move about freely Rushdie responds: "You have to stop asking me. ... It's been like 16 years since it's been OK." Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images hide caption

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