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  • Tripping down memory lane Richard Eder, Richard Eder, former book critic for The Times, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.

  • Discoveries Susan Salter Reynolds

  • A paradise that's more of a paradox Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to the Book Review, is the author of, most recently, "God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism."

  • Poet's Corner Carol Muske-Dukes

  • A woman of letters Merrill Joan Gerber, Merrill Joan Gerber's most recent books are "This Is a Voice From Your Past: New and Selected Stories" and "Glimmering Girls: A Novel of the Fifties."

  • Count Dracula, back for more Jon Fasman, Jon Fasman is the author of "The Geographer's Library."

  • Heart in the homeland Jane Ciabattari, Jane Ciabattari is the author of the short story collection "Stealing the Fire."

  • The human face of war Chris Abani, Chris Abani is the author of "GraceLand," winner of the 2005 PEN/Hemingway Prize.

  • Now's the time to luxuriate in a good book Susan Salter Reynolds

  • Byron's heir Peter Straub, Peter Straub is the author of many works of horror fiction, including, most recently, "In the Night Room."

  • A mellower Bowles has his say Millicent Dillon, Millicent Dillon is a novelist and biographer whose books include "You Are Not I: A Portrait of Paul Bowles" and "A Little Original Sin: The Life and Work of Jane Bowles."

  • A critic in the artist's lair Ross King, Ross King is the author of "Brunelleschi's Dome," "Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling" and several novels, including "Domino" and "Ex Libris."

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