Poet Richard Blanco says that appearing at President Obama's second inauguration made him feel as if, for the first time, he "had a place at the American table." Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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She-Hulk, Dazzler, Medusa and Nico Minoru are some of the characters that make up Marvel's A-Force. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment hide caption

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In Scott McCloud's The Sculptor, a young artist discovers that having the ability to sculpt anything doesn't mean he has the vision or the drive to turn that ability into success. First Second hide caption

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Philip Levine grew up on the outskirts of Detroit and began writing poetry when he was just 13 years old. "It was like I had never enjoyed anything in my life so much," he said. "It was utterly thrilling. I began to live for it." Gary Kazanjian/AP hide caption

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Langston Hughes, pictured above in 1961, was a poet, novelist, playwright and "inveterate letter writer," says editor Arnold Rampersad. AP hide caption

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Lynsey Addario is a photojournalist who has worked in war zones for well over a decade. Kursat Bayhan/Courtesy of Penguin Press hide caption

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Barack Obama hands a gift from a supporter to his assistant Reggie Love during his 2008 campaign for presidency. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Until about 30,000 years ago — around the same time these animals were drawn on the walls of France's Chauvet Cave — there were at least five other species of humans on the planet. Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Dan Santat's The Adventures of Beekle, an imaginary friend sets out to find a child who needs him. Courtesy of Little Brown and Company Books for Young Readers hide caption

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"Nana, how come we don't have a car?" CJ asks. "Boy, what do we need a car for?" Nana replies. "We got a bus that breathes fire." Christian Robinson/Courtesy of Penguin Random House Publishing hide caption

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In a rare public appearance, Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami receives the Jerusalem Award during the International Book Fair in Jerusalem in 2009. Bernat Armangue/AP hide caption

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Laura Ingalls Wilder entertained generations of children with her Little House series, which was loosely based on her family's pioneering life. Her memoir, Pioneer Girl, was published in 2014. South Dakota State Historical Society hide caption

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Marie Mutsuki Mockett says the Japanese tradition of Tōrō nagashi — lighting floating paper lanterns in honor of loved ones — reminded her that she was not alone in her grief. Alberto Carrasco Casado/Flickr hide caption

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Frank Sinatra captured by photographer William "PoPsie" Randolph during a 1943 concert. Author Ben Yagoda points to Sinatra as one of the interpreters who helped revive the Great American Songbook. William "PoPsie" Randolph/Courtesy of Riverhead hide caption

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