One of America's favorite bites: the hotdog. Here, a man and women enjoy the dogs at a California fair in 1905. Courtesy of Sourcebooks hide caption

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Alain Mabanckou, a French novelist born in the Republic of Congo, wrote a letter to support Cameroonian poet Dieudonne Enoh Meyomesse. Etienne de Malglaive/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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David Quammen's new book is an extended excerpt of his previous one, Spillover, which explored how dangerous pathogens jump from animals to people. Courtesy of David Quammen hide caption

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Festivalgoers browse for books during the Miami Book Fair International. PBS will provide live coverage of the fair's events over the course of three days this year. Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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John Steinbeck, here seen as a young man, sits for his portrait. Years later, his story "With Your Wings" would be read on air — then disappear for decades. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Daniel Handler, the man "often mistaken" for Lemony Snicket, will nevertheless have a hand in the development of the show. Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for LA Times hide caption

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J.K. Rowling reads to children at the 2010 White House Egg Roll. According to a new essay, her own experiences as a young student helped inform the Harry Potter character Dolores Umbridge. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Poet Carolyn Forche stands with her friend and mentor Galway Kinnell (right) during a trip to Japan to attend the Asian Writers Congress in 1983. Courtesy of Carolyn Forche hide caption

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Roz Chast drew on memories of her parents — and actually drew them — for her Kirkus Prize-winning memoir, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? Bill Franzen hide caption

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A woman looks at an oil portrait of Toni Morrison at the National Portrait Gallery. A self-portrait of sorts, Morrison's life of fiction drawn in words will be permanently kept at Princeton. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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