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What happened on April 25, 2004

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  • How a royal changed the game Jennifer Shahade, Jennifer Shahade, a chess master and 2002 U.S. Women's champion, is the author of a forthcoming book on women in the male-dominated world of chess.

  • Genius still undocumented Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a contributing writer to Book Review and the author of many books. He is making a film about Martin Scorsese and supervising the reconstruction of Samuel Fuller's "The Big Red One," which will premiere at Cannes next month.

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  • Hiding in plain sight Anthony Lewis, Anthony Lewis is a former New York Times columnist and author of "Gideon's Trumpet" and "Make No Law."

  • A ride down Los Angeles' backstreets Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.

  • Reading between the lines, with friends Vivian Gornick, Vivian Gornick is a contributing writer to Book Review.

  • Without a doubt Robert Scheer, Robert Scheer writes a weekly column for The Times and is coauthor of "The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq."

  • Bars are gone, not the prison Francie Lin, Francie Lin is a contributing editor at the Threepenny Review.

  • Hitler, close up John Lukacs, John Lukacs is a historian and the author of many books, including "The Hitler of History."

  • A poetic dialogue Adrienne Rich, Adrienne Rich is the author of more than 16 volumes of poetry and four nonfiction prose books. She is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including the 1999 Lannan Foundation lifetime achievement award and the 2003 Bollingen Prize. She is the editor, most recently, of a volume of Muriel Rukeyser's poetry for the Library of America. "The School Among the Ruins: Poems 2000-2004" will be published in September.

  • Music in the marrow of life Tom Nolan, Tom Nolan is the author of "Ross Macdonald: A Biography" and has written on popular music for several publications, including Rolling Stone.

  • poems for the young and tough Charles Bukowski

  • Charging into Afghanistan Karl E. Meyer, Karl E. Meyer is the author of "The Dust of Empire" and coauthor, with Shareen Blair Brysac, of "Tournament of Shadows: The Great Game and the Race for Empire in Central Asia."

  • Confessions of a Slacker Mom Muffy Mead-Ferro... Susan Salter Reynolds

  • Imagination goes beyond 'The Code' Nicholas A. Basbanes, Nicholas A. Basbanes is the author of several books about books, including "Patience & Fortitude: A Roving Chronicle of Book People, Book Places, and Book Culture" and "A Splendor of Letters: The Permanence of Books in an Impermanent World."

  • Death in the air Frank Clifford, Frank Clifford edits environmental news for The Times and is the author of "The Backbone of the World: A Portrait of the Vanishing West Along the Continental Divide."

  • A statesman for all seasons Richard Brookhiser, Richard Brookhiser is the author of several books, including "Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington" and "Alexander Hamilton, American."

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