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  • Discoveries Susan Salter Reynolds

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  • First Fiction Mark Rozzo

  • Harmonies of the human heart Ken Emerson, Ken Emerson is the author of "Doo-dah!: Stephen Foster and the Rise of American Popular Culture." He is writing a book about pop songwriters in New York City during the 1950s and '60s.

  • Tales through dark glasses Jonathan Levi, Jonathan Levi is a contributing writer to Book Review.

  • The original soul man Anthony Heilbut, Anthony Heilbut is the author of "The Gospel Sound: Good News and Bad Times," "Exiled In Paradise" and "Thomas Mann: Eros and Literature."

  • The dark side of the laureate Frederic Morton, Frederic Morton is the author of "The Rothschilds: A Family Portrait" and "A Nervous Splendor: Vienna, 1888-1889," both National Book Award finalists.

  • The libretto of life, frame by frame James McCourt, James McCourt is the author of numerous books, including the novels "Mawrdew Czgowchwz," "Wayfaring at Waverly in Silverlake" and the forthcoming "Queer Street: The Rise and Fall of an American Culture, 1947-1985 -- Excursions in the Mind of the Life."

  • The scoop on Scotty Reston Charles Kaiser, Charles Kaiser, a reporter for the New York Times in the 1970s, is the author of "The Gay Metropolis: 1940-1996" and "1968 in America."

  • Sing, Muse, under Western skies Norman Corwin, Norman Corwin is the author of numerous works, including "On a Note of Triumph," "We Hold These Truths" and "Holes in a Stained Glass Window." He teaches in the School of Journalism at USC.

  • Toward a more perfect union Robert Christgau, Robert Christgau is a senior editor at the Village Voice and a senior fellow at the National Arts Journalism Program.

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