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U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke chats with members of the media after a briefing at the State Dept. Nov. 23, 2009 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Author James McBride won the 2013 National Book Award for fiction for The Good Lord Bird, about the journey of a young slave in the 1850s. Victoria Will/AP hide caption

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