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  • Secret society Richard Eder, Richard Eder, former book critic of The Times, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.

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  • Little tale of the prairie Kai Maristed, Kai Maristed is the author of the novels "Broken Ground," "Out After Dark" and "Fall."

  • Turning the tables Jerry Stahl, Jerry Stahl is the author of several books, including "Permanent Midnight: A Memoir" and the novel "I, Fatty," which has been optioned by Johnny Depp.

  • Final jeopardy Nick Owchar, Nick Owchar is deputy editor of Book Review.

  • Discoveries Susan Salter Reynolds

  • DIY storytelling Susan Carpenter, Susan Carpenter is a staff writer and "Throttle Jockey" columnist for The Times' Highway 1 section.

  • Friends, enemies Art Winslow, Art Winslow, a former literary and executive editor of the Nation, writes frequently on books and culture.

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  • Slice-of-life after death Joy Nicholson, Joy Nicholson is the author of the novels "The Tribes of Palos Verdes" and "The Road to Esmeralda."

  • Winning formula Steve Almond, Steve Almond is the author of the short story collection "The Evil B.B. Chow" and a former sportswriter for the Peninsula Times-Tribune.

  • Body and soul Susan Straight, Susan Straight, a professor at UC Riverside and a former sports editor for USC's Daily Trojan, is the author of six novels, mostly recently "A Million Nightingales."

  • The rebels' torch is passed Phillip Lopate, Essayist and novelist Phillip Lopate is the editor of "American Movie Critics: From the Silents Until Now."

  • Heroic, on a molecular level Sara Lippincott, Sara Lippincott is an assistant editor of Book Review.

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