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Tayari Jones speaks onstage at the Women In The World Summit earlier this year in in New York City. On Wednesday, Jones' novel An American Marriage won the prestigious Women's Prize for Fiction. Mike Coppola/Getty Images hide caption

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Tayari Jones holds up her Aspen Words Literary Prize, which she won Thursday in New York City for her novel An American Marriage. Joe Carrotta/Courtesy of Aspen Words 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 2019 Aspen Words Literary Prize shortlist (clockwise from top left): There There, by Tommy Orange; Friday Black, by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah; An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones; Brother, by David Chariandy; and Gun Love, by Jennifer Clement. Courtesy of the publisher/Photo illustration by NPR hide caption

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Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish-Iranian journalist and asylum-seeker, won two prestigious Australian literary prizes for his debut, a book composed in text messages sent from a detention center on Manus Island. Hoda Afshar hide caption

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Hoda Afshar

An excerpt of Sophie Blackall's Caldecott-winning Hello Lighthouse. Sophie Blackall/Courtesy of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers hide caption

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Sophie Blackall/Courtesy of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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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Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Agate Bolden; Haymarket Books