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In the second installment of Where We Write, a fiction writer takes a trip back home to Hannibal, Missouri, the boyhood home of Mark Twain and the town that still inspires her work, long after she's moved away.
Random House will release eight Norman Mailer e-books for the first time; GalleyCat details a nonfiction query that was rejected seventy-five times before it landed an agent; Pankaj Mishra and Jennifer Szalai discuss radical politics in contemporary fiction; and other news.
Roxane Gay highlights the slight amount of book review coverage for writers of color; Cheryl Strayed revealed how her bestselling memoir Wild introduced her to a half-sister; Harper Lee settled with her former agent over the rights to To Kill a Mockingbird; and other news.
Joshua Rothman considers a new interpretation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet; Michele Filgate recounts how she accidentally set Stephen King’s Insomnia aflame; Jennie Yabroff parses the distinction between autobiography and memoir; and other news.
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