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The sign for a Barnes & Noble bookstore hangs above the entrance to one of its locations in Brooklyn earlier this year. The book retailer and Elliott Management Corp. announced Friday that they have agreed to a sale price of about $683 million. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina, seen here during a January 2014 interview in Nairobi, has died at the age of 48. A founder of the Nairobi-based literary network Kwani?, Wainaina had come out as gay in a country where homosexuality was illegal. Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Anthony Burgess poses for a photograph in 1973, two years after the release of the film adaptation of A Clockwork Orange — and right around the time he was working on the recently unearthed manuscript. AP hide caption

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The 2019 Whiting Award recipients (clockwise from top left): poet Kayleb Rae Candrilli, poet Tyree Daye, novelist Hernan Diaz, playwright Michael R. Jackson, fiction writer Terese Marie Mailhot, nonfiction writer Nadia Owusu, playwright Lauren Yee, poet Vanessa Angelica Villarreal, novelist Merrit Tierce and fiction writer Nafissa Thompson-Spires. Courtesy of the Whiting Foundation hide caption

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The 2018 Kirkus Prize winners (from left to right): Severance, by Ling Ma; Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, by Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James; Call Them by Their True Names, by Rebecca Solnit. Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Agate Bolden; Haymarket Books hide caption

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The books on the shortlist for the 2018 Man Booker Prize, from top to bottom: The Long Take, by Robin Robertson; Milkman, by Anna Burns; Washington Black, by Esi Edugyan; Everything Under, by Daisy Johnson; The Mars Room, by Rachel Kushner; and The Overstory, by Richard Powers. Jack Taylor/Getty Images hide caption

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Michiko Kakutani (center) stands flanked by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter and his son Ash at a party in New York City in 2008. Patrick McMullan via Getty Images hide caption

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Former President Bill Clinton gestures to the crowd during a campaign stop in Philadelphia for his wife, Hillary, on the day before the 2016 presidential election. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Dick Bruna at the opening of his 2005 exhibit of Miffy creations in the Hague. Bruna's iconic white rabbit proved to be popular worldwide. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Could this dapper gentleman be Marcel Proust? If it is, as a Canadian professor believes, it would mark the first time the great French author was found in film footage. Le Point/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Roxane Gay is also the author of Bad Feminist as well as An Untamed State and Ayiti. She recently wrote World of Wakanda #1, a Black Panther prequel. Jay Grabiec/Grove Atlantic hide caption

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Long Unseen By Readers, H.G. Wells Ghost Story Finally Debuts In Print

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Fans are celebrating World Book Day on Thursday. Here, a man browses through books at the Albertine, a French bookstore and library at the French Embassy in New York. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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