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Librarian Sabrina Jesram arranges a display of books during Banned Books Week at a public library branch in New York City on Sept. 23, 2022. Ted Shaffrey/AP hide caption

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What’s a book ban anyway? Depends on who you ask

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Kyne wearing her hyperbolic plane dress. Author photo by Fabian Di Corcia. Fabian Di Corcia/Fabian Di Corcia hide caption

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For 'Such Kindness' novelist Andre Dubus III, chronic pain is a fact of life

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Taylor Swift, the Mona Lisa and Beyoncé. Andrew Dias Nobreafp via Getty Images; Thomas Coexafp via Getty Images; Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy./. hide caption

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PICTURE THIS: MAMA IN THE MOON

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Some of the items offered in Fadi Kattan's new cookbook Bethlehem: A Celebration of Palestinian Food Ashley Lima/Hardie Grant hide caption

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Chef Fadi Kattan's new cookbook is 'Bethlehem: A Celebration of Palestinian Food'

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Stephen King says finishing one of his stories decades after he started it felt like "calling into a canyon of time." Francois Mori/AP hide caption

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Stephen King's new story took him 45 years to write

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Author Jenny Erpenbeck's novel Kairos was named this year's winner of the International Booker Prize. Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images hide caption

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A German novel about a tortured love affair wins 2024 International Booker Prize

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Kristen Wiig plays a former pageant queen in Palm Royale. Apple TV+ hide caption

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Years ago, a psychic told Kristen Wiig to move to LA. She left the next day

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