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Imani Perry speaks at the Brooklyn Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, in New York, on Jan. 17. Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Brooklyn Academy of Music hide caption

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Want to understand the U.S.? This historian says the South holds the key

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Novelist Angeline Boulley's first book for teenagers, Firekeeper's Daughter, won multiple awards from the American Library Association this year. Amber Boulley /Macmillan Children's Publishing Group hide caption

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They didn't get the Newbery or Caldecott but these kids' authors won big this year

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'And I say, Hey! HEY!' Aardvark Arthur's wonderful new days are ending

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Wajahat Ali, author of Go Back to Where You Came From: And Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American. Damon Dahlen/Huffington Post hide caption

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Author Imani Perry explores the South to reveal the soul of America

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Dave Eggers: How Can Kids Learn Human Skills in a Tech-Dominated World?

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Carl Erik Fisher, psychiatrist and author of The Urge: A History of Addiction. Beowulf Sheehan/Beowulf Sheehan hide caption

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'The Urge' says calling addiction a disease is misleading

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In 2007, Vogue magazine editor at large André Leon Talley attends a post-Fashion Week panel discussion on the lack of Black images in the current fashion output in New York. Talley, the towering former creative director and editor at large of Vogue magazine, has died. He was 73. Talley's literary agent confirmed Talley's death to USA Today late Tuesday. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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