Patrick Modiano, who's typically known for being media-shy, steps into the spotlight for a press conference in Paris following his Nobel win on Thursday. Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Agatha Christie, seen here in 1946, removes a book from the shelf at Greenway House, the home from which Jennifer Grant bought the trunk six decades later at an estate sale. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Nicholas Sparks attends the Professional Bull Riders 2014 Monster Energy Invitational VIP Party. A film adaptation of Sparks' novel The Best of Me is scheduled to be in theaters on Oct. 17. Cindy Ord/Getty Images hide caption

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Phil Klay, who served in Iraq's Anbar province from January 2007 to February 2008, was also longlisted for this year's National Book Award. Hannah Dunphy/Courtesy of Penguin Press hide caption

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Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez appeared in public during a celebration marking his 87th birthday on March 6 in Mexico City. He died in April. Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. cartoonist Alison Bechdel works in her studio at the castle of Civitella Ranieri in central Italy on Sept. 2. Riccardo De Luca/ Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation hide caption

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