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  • The modern novel's master strategist E.L. Doctorow, E.L. Doctorow is the author of numerous novels, including "Ragtime" and, most recently, "City of God." Last month Queens College in New York City held a symposium on the work of the late German author W.G. Sebald. Doctorow examined Sebald's "The Emigrants."

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  • Cracking their moral fiber Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.

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  • Missing the story Robert W. Cort, Robert W. Cort is a producer whose films include "Three Men and a Baby," "Mr. Holland's Opus," "Jumanji" and the forthcoming "Against the Ropes." His novel, "Action!" will be published this summer.

  • First Fiction Mark Rozzo

  • At home only in the word Vivian Gornick, Vivian Gornick is a contributing writer to Book Review.

  • A haunted race in 1950s Fresno Aram Saroyan, Aram Saroyan is the author of several books, including "Rancho Mirage: An American Tragedy of Manners, Madness and Murder," "Artists in Trouble: New Stories" and "Last Rites," a memoir of his father, playwright William Saroyan.

  • Death from above James J. Sheehan, James J. Sheehan is the author of numerous books, including "German History, 1770-1866" and "Museums in the German Art World." He is the Dickason Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University.

  • Discoveries Susan Salter Reynolds

  • Turning teenagers into conspicuous consumers Karen Stabiner, Karen Stabiner is the author of "All Girls: Single-Sex Education and Why It Matters."

  • Crime and punishment among the mad Eugen Weber, Eugen Weber is a contributing writer to Book Review.

  • Tracing the hate in a 1962 photo Karl Fleming, Karl Fleming, who reported on the civil rights movement for Newsweek magazine, is writing a memoir.

  • Spending the afterlife at Harvard Joseph Luzzi, Joseph Luzzi is assistant professor of Italian at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

  • Ike as spymaster: secrets on high James Bamford, James Bamford is the author of "The Puzzle Palace: Inside the National Security Agency, America's Most Secret Intelligence Organization" and "Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency From the Cold War Through the Dawn of a New Century."

  • The best of poetry in the worst of times Philip Levine, Philip Levine is the author of numerous books, including "New Selected Poems," "So Ask: Essays, Conversations, and Interviews" and "The Bread of Time: Toward an Autobiography." He has twice been awarded the National Book Award and in 1995 won the Pulitzer Prize for "The Simple Truth."

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