A Hologram for the King

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A Hologram for the King (McSweeney's Books, 2012) by Dave Eggers has been made into a feature film directed and adapted by Tom Tykwer and starring Tom Hanks. The story follows a struggling American businessman who travels to Saudi Arabia in a last-ditch effort to recoup his financial losses.

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Tim Seibles

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"In this country, poetry is largely ignored." Tim Seibles speaks with City of Asylum Pittsburgh about poetry in the United States, his fascination with how sexuality is expressed, and how he gets into the minds of characters. Seibles's latest collection, Fast Animal (Etruscan Press, 2012), was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award in poetry.

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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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