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The auction featured a number of items from the office where Joan Didion worked, including two electric typewriters that sold for $5,500 and $6,000, respectively. Jim Zarroli/For NPR hide caption

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Writer Joan Didion's possessions sell for eye-popping prices at auction

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Children read outdoors at an event organized by the Brooklyn Public Library in New York City in August 1950. Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Former first lady Michelle Obama published her memoir Becoming in November 2018. Chuck Kennedy/NPR hide caption

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ALA members Alan Inouye, Barb Macikas, and Sari Feldman march towards the offices of a major publisher, Macmillan, in Manhattan. They carry boxes of petitions addressed to John Sargent, at the time Macmillan's CEO. The petitions protest a controversial policy on e-books in libraries. American Library Association/ALA hide caption

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The E-Book Wars

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An art installation commemorates the novel Slaughterhouse-Five in the cellar of the former slaughterhouse where author Kurt Vonnegut, then an American prisoner of war, was held in Dresden, Germany. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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Kurt Vonnegut would have turned 100 today — his war novels are relevant as ever

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Creature: Paintings, Drawings, and Reflections is a new collection of images from artist and writer Shaun Tan's best-known works as well as more than 100 illustrations that have never been seen before. The book also includes essays by the artist. Shaun Tan/Levine Querido hide caption

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Shaun Tan's curious creatures are just looking for companionship

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Author Colleen Hoover signs her novel, "It Starts with Us." Colleen Hoover hide caption

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Author Colleen Hoover went from tending cows to writing bestsellers

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Author Cormac McCarthy attends the premiere of "The Road" in New York on Nov. 16, 2009. McCarthy has two novels coming out this fall. Evan Agostini/AP hide caption

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After 16 years, author Cormac McCarthy gifts two new novels to readers

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Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka holds his book The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida at the Shaw Theatre in London on Oct. 14. On Monday, his novel won the 2022 Booker Prize. Daniel Leal/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The forecast: Still tasty (and terrifying) in 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs'

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Puppeteer Shoshana Bass created this Baba Yaga puppet, and Maria Pugnetti created the panoramic scroll that makes up the background. Ezra Distler hide caption

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GennaRose Nethercott uses folklore to explore a painful, and personal, history

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Kate Beaton's new graphic memoir, Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands, focuses on her time working at the oil sands of Fort McMurray, in Alberta, Canada. Kholood Eid for NPR hide caption

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Kate Beaton's new graphic memoir is about the dark type of job you take for money

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