Lynn Neary Lynn Neary is an NPR arts correspondent and a frequent guest host often heard on Morning Edition and Weekend Edition.

Comedian Larry Wilmore Hosts 67th National Book Awards Ceremony

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Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild is about Tea Party conservatives in Louisiana. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates is about what it means to be black in America. Raquel Zaldivar/NPR hide caption

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One Way To Bridge The Political Divide: Read The Book That's Not For You

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Paul Beatty is the first American to win the U.K.'s Man Booker Prize for fiction for his novel The Sellout. Alastair Grant/AP hide caption

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Novelist Paul Beatty Is First American To Win Britain's Man Booker Prize

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'Truevine' Tells The Tale Of 2 Black Albino Brothers Forced To Work For The Circus

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Swedish Academy Reveals Bob Dylan Wins 2016 Nobel Prize In Literature

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Former Nobel Laureates React To Winning Literature Prize

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Gloria Naylor, 'The Women Of Brewster Place' Author, Dies At 66

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Rolf Lassgård, left, stars as a grouchy widower in A Man Called Ove, which opens Friday in U.S. theaters. Music Box Films hide caption

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A Swedish Curmudgeon Wins Hearts, On The Page, And Now On Screen

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Schrafft's was a chain of restaurants, with a candy store attached, that catered to ladies who lunch. To NPR's Lynn Neary, who used to waitress there, Schrafft's "always felt like the epicenter of the comfort zone." MCNY/Gottscho-Schleisner/Getty Images hide caption

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Jose Vazquez holds a book he found during the D.C. Public Library's banned book scavenger hunt. Jose Vazquez hide caption

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In Banned Books Scavenger Hunt, The Prize Is Literary 'Smut'

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Six novelists have made it to the shortlist, the last step in the Man Booker Prize competition. The 2016 finalists are from Britain, the U.S. and Canada. Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images hide caption

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Amor Towles likes to write about the past, but says he is not driven by historical research. He prefers instead to play in between what is real and what is imagined. His first novel was called Rules of Civility. Courtesy of Amor Towles hide caption

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Idea For 'Gentleman In Moscow' Came From Many Nights In Luxury Hotels

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Jacqueline Woodson is also the author of Brown Girl Dreaming, Miracle's Boys, Show Way and Feathers. Juna F. Nagle/Amistad hide caption

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Jacqueline Woodson's New Novel For Adults Has Its Roots In Adolescence

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Sophisticated ways of tracking reading habits give publishers hard data that reveals the kinds of books people want to read. But a veteran editor says numbers only go so far in telling the story. Kathy Willens/AP hide caption

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Publishers' Dilemma: Judge A Book By Its Data Or Trust The Editor's Gut?

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