Algerian writer and journalist Kamel Daoud's new book, The Meursault Investigation, reworks Albert Camus' The Stranger. Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Manzano, shown above with Rosita — a bilingual Muppet from Mexico — recently announced that she will be retiring from Sesame Street after 44 years. Richard Termine/Sesame Workshop hide caption

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Author Alex Gino hopes George will help transgender kids feel less alone. Blake C. Aarens hide caption

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Stieg Larsson died in 2004, never knowing how popular his Millennium books would become. Britt-Marie Trensmar hide caption

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Alison Bechdel is the author of the long-running syndicated comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. Elena Seibert/Courtesy of O+M Co. hide caption

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Librarian S. Kalaivani has worked at the Jaffna Public Library in Sri Lanka for five years. "I love working here," she says. "It's a pleasure to help the people who are continuing to get knowledge." Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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A tiny jar containing a thumb drive of poetry, given to Alexander by a young man at a reading. Elizabeth Alexander hide caption

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Can people tell a computer-generated story from a human-authored one? How about a poem, or a playlist? Three new contests hope to find out. ImageZoo/Corbis hide caption

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Beverly Jenkins says her mission is to write about the parts of black history you don't learn in school — and wrap them up in a good love story. Greg Anthony hide caption

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Isabel Leonard and Nathan Gunn star as Ada and Inman in the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain at the Santa Fe Opera. Ken Howard/Courtesy of the Santa Fe Opera hide caption

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Alan Cheuse was our guide to the best and worst of the written word for more than 30 years. Josh Cheuse hide caption

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George Brett wipes a new bat down with a pine tar rag before a game with the Cleveland Indians on July 25, 1983. The day before, Brett had been called out for using a bat with pine tar too far down the bat; the league president decided that Brett's bat was OK. Doug Atkins/AP hide caption

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Author and activist Bill McKibben paddles toward Follensby Pond in New York's Adirondack Mountains, along the route followed by Ralph Waldo Emerson in the summer of 1858. Julia Ferguson/NCPR hide caption

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Lea and Bandy met in 1976 at a high school dance. "He was the boy from out of town," Lea writes. "I was the girl who wanted out." John Carswell/Courtesy of the author hide caption

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