Kendrick Lamar visits Brian Mooney's English classes at High Tech High School in North Bergen, N.J., on Monday. Adam Wolffbrandt/NPR hide caption

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Toni Morrison has been busy this fall, first announcing her plans to keep her archives at Princeton and then sparring amiably with Stephen Colbert. With a book coming out in spring 2015, she appears intent on keeping up the pace. Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images 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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