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Kacen Callender, author of middle and young adult novels, including Felix Ever After and Hurricane Child. Ashley Cain hide caption

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The Dramatic Life Of The American Teenager

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Brandon Taylor Wrote 'Real Life' And 'Filthy Animals' For His Queer, Black Friends

Author Brandon Taylor used to spend most of his hours studying nematodes under a microscope as a grad student. He wrote his first novel over a period of five weeks, mostly while in a lab. That book, Real Life, was released in 2020 to much critical acclaim. He published his second book this year, a short story collection called Filthy Animals.

Brandon Taylor Wrote 'Real Life' And 'Filthy Animals' For His Queer, Black Friends

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Make This 'Fortnight in September' Your Pandemic Escape

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Robert Costa (left) in a panel discussion in 2017 and Bob Woodward at the 2019 PEN America Literary Gala in New York. The two have authored a book about the transition between the Trump and Biden administrations. AP hide caption

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'Peril' Co-Author Robert Costa Describes The Fraught Transition From Trump To Biden

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'Machiavelli for Women'; Plus, 'What We Do in the Shadows'

Sam is joined by NPR's The Indicator host Stacey Vanek Smith to talk about her new book, Machiavelli for Women and how women in the workplace are still falling behind. Plus, actor Harvey Guillén on the new season of the FX show What We Do in the Shadows and not waiting for people to be comfortable with his "brownness, queerness and roundness" to be comfortable in his own skin.

'Machiavelli for Women'; Plus, 'What We Do in the Shadows'

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Jason Reynolds: How Can We Connect With Kids Through The Written Word?

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Colson Whitehead was awarded Pulitzer Prizes for his last two novels, The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys. Chris Close/Penguin Random House hide caption

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Colson Whitehead Returns To His Home Turf With 'Harlem Shuffle'

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Macaques check out a camera in Galtaji Temple in Jaipur, India. Monkeys have been known to sneak into swimming pools, courts and even the halls of India's Parliament. One attorney told author Mary Roach about a macaque that infiltrated a medical institute and began pulling out patient IVs. Vishal Bhatnagar/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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Monkey Thieves, Drunk Elephants — Mary Roach Reveals A Weird World Of Animal 'Crime'

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