Clockwise from top left: Quichotteby Salman Rushdie; Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann; An Orchestra of Minoritiesby Chigozie Obioma; 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange Worldby Elif Shafak; Girl, Woman,Other by Bernardine Evaristo; and The Testaments by Margaret Atwood.
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Sergio Mendes, shown here in August 2014, grew up with classical music. But when he heard a jazz record for the first time, he fell in love with the improvisational possibilities.
Canadian Margaret Atwood is the author of more than a dozen novels including The Handmaid's Tale, The Blind Assassin and Oryx and Crake, as well as works of poetry and nonfiction.
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Neil Gaiman is also the author of Coraline, American Gods, Anansi Boys,StardustandM Is for Magic. He was born in Hampshire, England, and now lives near Minneapolis.
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