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In 'Beijing Payback,' The Immigrant Experience, But Make It A Crime Thriller

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Daniel Nieh used to be a model and a translator. He says both of those professions went into his debut novel, a page-turner about a college basketball player unraveling his Chinese father's murder.

A Bushel Of New Comics Collections Dig Into The Pleasures Of Print

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Despite what you may have heard, dead-tree publishing isn't dead. In fact, a host of new print magazines are bringing some wild, weird, innovative words and pictures to the alternative comics scene.

In 'Queen Of The Sea,' The Story Rides On Goatback

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Dylan Meconis' new graphic novel is set on a mysterious island off the coast of a country that's not quite Tudor England. It's an alternate history, loosely based on the youth of Queen Elizabeth I.

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In Lost Essay, Langston Hughes Recounts Meeting A Young Chain Gang Runaway

The work, previously published only in Russian, was discovered by Professor Steven Hoelscher. The encounter occurred in 1927, when Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston went on a road trip through the South.

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Your Local Library May Have A New Offering In Stock: A Resident Social Worker

Libraries have never been just about books; they're also crucial hubs of community support. Some are even expanding that role, and supporting their librarians, by bringing in trained social workers.

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We All Watch In Our Own Way: A Critic Tracks The 'TV Revolution'

New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum won't appear on panels pitting TV against movies or books. "Everything is valuable in its own way and they don't need to be in tension with one another," she says.

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New Thriller 'The Chain' Has An Origin Almost As Exciting As Its Plot

Novelist Adrian McKinty had several books and prestigious awards under his belt — but no one was buying, and he'd given up writing to drive an Uber when a blog post led to some new opportunities.

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'The Chain' Asks: How Far Would You Go For Your Child?

In Adrian McKinty's propulsive new thriller, an organization called The Chain kidnaps children, and forces the parents to kidnap another child in turn in order to rescue their own

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Dapper Dan, Telling Stories In Leather, Fur And Logos

The legendary hip-hop designer is now partnering with the big fashion labels who originally shut him down for bootlegging their logos. He's got a new memoir out, called Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem.

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Capturing The Undersung Blues People Of The Rural South

Tim Duffy started Music Maker Relief Foundation to support blues musicians lost to time and poverty. He's also photographed their portraits for a new book, compilation album and museum exhibition.

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New Novel Asks: What Would You Do To Get Your Kid Into 'The Gifted School'?

The school is fictional but the anxiety is real — the plot bears striking resemblance to actual college admissions scandals. "There's a sense that parents will stop at nothing," says Bruce Holsinger.

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Kids' Author Mo Willems Has A New Creative Challenge (And So Should You)

The creator of the Pigeon series, Knuffle Bunny, and Elephant & Piggie is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center. He says if you want kids to draw, you should let them see you drawing.

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Not My Job: We Quiz Novelist Jennifer Weiner On TripAdvisor Whiners

Weiner will be quizzed on one whiner in particular — she'll have to figure out which negative review was actually written by host Peter Sagal's father, Matthew Sagal.