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Author David Mitchell's Number9Dream and Cloud Atlas were both shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Paul Stuart /Deckle Edge hide caption

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Kenji Lopez-Alt is managing culinary director of Serious Eats, author of the James Beard Award-nominated column "The Food Lab," and a columnist for Cooking Light. His first book is The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science. Robin Lubbock/WBUR hide caption

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"I've always been an introverted person," Shonda Rhimes says, and she found the fame that came with her television successes to be "daunting." James White/Courtesy of Simon & Schuster hide caption

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Mary-Louise Parker says her father loved words; they used to send poems to each other in the mail. Tina Turnbow hide caption

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Zanzibari biryanai, a dish involving spiced poached chicken, fried onions, a rich gravy and rosewater- and saffron-scented rice. Zanzibar was part of Oman until 1965. Courtesy of Ariana Lindquist/Andrews McMeel hide caption

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Guitarist, actor and writer Carrie Brownstein performing with her band Sleater-Kinney at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. Alex Schelldorf/NPR hide caption

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Author John Irving says his new book was inspired by photos of young circus performers in India and Mexico. Everett Irving hide caption

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Disney's Snow White has a scene in which the beautiful queen/stepmother turns into an old hag. Scholar Maria Tatar says it's "probably more frightening for adults than children because it compresses the aging process into about 20 seconds." Disney hide caption

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An excerpt from The Arab of the Future about growing up in Libya in the 1980s, where housing was free. But another family moved into the author's home while he and his family were away. Courtesy of Henry Holt and Co. hide caption

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Generations of children have leaned over the side of this bridge for a game of Poohsticks in the real-life Hundred Acre Wood. Rich Preston/NPR hide caption

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Pamuk himself drew this illustration; he says at the time, all the buildings existed only in his imagination. Jun Tsuboike/NPR hide caption

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"There's over 40 monsters in the movie, but I think my favorite has got to be Slappy, the ventriloquist dummy," Jack Black says. "He's just a little doll. But he has that cruel intention behind the eyes." Hopper Stone, SMPSP/Courtesy of Columbia Pictures hide caption

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Brie Larson as Ma and Jacob Tremblay as Jack in the new movie adaptation of Room. Caitlin Cronenberg/A24 hide caption

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Transgender student Nicole Maines (accompanied by her father, Wayne, and her twin brother, Jonas) speaks to reporters after winning on appeal a discrimination lawsuit against her school district. In 2014, Glamour magazine named Maines one of its 50 inspiring women of the year. Robert F. Bukaty/AP hide caption

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