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Books: The music of suffering

In The Cove, Ron Rash returns to North Carolina mountains to deliver a haunting story of doomed love More

Books: Fact, fiction

Gary Slaughter talks about challenges and pleasures of writing an autobiographical novel More

Chapter 16: In praise of gatekeepers

Vanderbilt novelist Tony Earley talks about fatherhood, Southern identity and need for little bit of literary elitism More

Chapter 16: Roar trip

Delia Ephron’s new novel includes very screen-ready lion; Ephron tells why she put him in novel instead of movie More

Chapter 16: Holding on to beauty

Adriana Trigiani talks about new novel and how love and creativity find expression in writers — and in the rest of us More

Chapter 16: The poetry of pop

With new essay collection, editor Charlotte Pence makes the case that song lyrics are literature  More

Chapter 16: Passionate storyteller

With second-person point of view and eye for the absurd, Mark Richard crafts affecting memoir of redemption and grace More

Chapter 16: Inside the story

Sebastian Junger talks about his latest book, War, and the dangerous business of reporting it More

Chapter 16: Inside the story

Sebastian Junger talks about his latest book, War, and the dangerous business of reporting it More

Chapter 16: Who gets to be God?

In When the Killing’s Done, T.C. Boyle asks if humans can, or should, control nature More
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