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The 2019 Whiting Award recipients (clockwise from top left): poet Kayleb Rae Candrilli, poet Tyree Daye, novelist Hernan Diaz, playwright Michael R. Jackson, fiction writer Terese Marie Mailhot, nonfiction writer Nadia Owusu, playwright Lauren Yee, poet Vanessa Angelica Villarreal, novelist Merrit Tierce and fiction writer Nafissa Thompson-Spires. Courtesy of the Whiting Foundation hide caption

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The writer Lawrence Ferlinghetti, pictured here in Berlin in 2004, will turn 100 years old this weekend. Gezett/ullstein bild/Getty Images hide caption

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A Lost 'Little Boy' Nears 100: Poet And Publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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'The New Me' Is Meh About Ambition And Adulthood

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Road Trip With 'Zora And Langston' In This Real-Life Literary Adventure

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A chimpanzee hugs her newborn at Burgers' Zoo in Arnhem, Netherlands, in 2010. Over the course of his long career, primatologist Frans de Waal has become convinced that primates and other animals express emotions similar to human emotions. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sex, Empathy, Jealousy: How Emotions And Behavior Of Other Primates Mirror Our Own

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Dr. Homer Venters, the former head of New York City's correctional health services, says that inmates held in solitary confinement cells, such as the Rikers Island cell shown above, have a higher risk of committing self-harm. Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption

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Former Physician At Rikers Island Exposes Health Risks Of Incarceration

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A Parable Of International Development From Dave Eggers

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Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara talks with The New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin at New York Society for Ethical Culture on Oct. 7, 2017 in New York City. Craig Barritt/Getty Images for The New Yorker hide caption

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Fired By Trump, Preet Bharara Describes The Justice System He Served

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In college, Laurie Halse Anderson thought she might become a translator — and in a way, she did. "I translate imagination onto the page," she says. Randy Fontanilla/Penguin Random House hide caption

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20 Years After 'Speak,' Laurie Halse Anderson Tells Her Own Story In 'Shout'

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W.S. Merwin found inspiration in his conservation work and in his home on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Jill Greenberg/Courtesy of Copper Canyon Press hide caption

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Poet W.S. Merwin, Who Was Inspired By Conservation, Dies At 91

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Evan Thomas breaks new ground with extraordinary access to Sandra Day O'Connor, her papers, journals — and even 20 years of her husband's diary. Mike Moore/WireImage/Getty Images hide caption

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From Triumph To Tragedy, 'First' Tells Story Of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

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