Robin Coste Lewis

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"In my own mind I have fashioned countless statues of writers who have honored me with their attention." Robin Coste Lewis, who won the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry for her debut collection, Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems (Knopf, 2015), thanks her literary mentors, tells a story from the Mahabhrata, and reads a poem by Pablo Neruda.

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Challenger Deep

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"The Mariana Trench is 6.8 miles deep. Falling into that abyss is like falling from space." Inspired by his son's experiences with schizophrenia and depression as a teenager, Neil Schusterman's novel Challenger Deep (HarperTeen, 2015) explores the complex world of mental illness. The novel was awarded the 2015 National Book Award in Young People's Literature.

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Ben Fountain

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Ben Fountain reads from his novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (Ecco, 2012), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, at the 2012 National Book Award finalists reading in New York City. Fountain will join the Why We Write panel on January 9 at Poets & Writers Live in Austin, Texas.

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