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  Welcome to another issue of Bold Type! This month we're celebrating our first anniversary, so the first person to email me and tell me his/her favorite feature from the past year will receive a copy of one of the books featured in this issue.

Over the course of the past twelve issues, there have been several exemplary essays and stories that authors have contributed to Bold Type, but I would like to use this space to bring three articles to your attention that may have flown under your radar. These little gems are so enjoyable that you will no doubt be compelled to print them out and beg your friends to read them. Mark Richard's eerie and manic rant on urban insomnia, Sheila Nickerson's wonderful paean to her home state of Alaska, and Letty Cottin Pogrebin's incredibly touching reminiscence of novelist Bernard Malamud are guaranteed to bring a mile to your face and enrich your day

Our theme this month is "Trouble," and we've got an exciting array of authors featured who are sure to dazzle you with their writing. Poet and educator Stephen Kuusisto has been fractionally sighted since birth. Check out selected passages from his luminous book , as well as three new poems. An interview with one of England's finest novelists, Ian McEwan, discusses some of the themes in his rivetting new novel, Enduring Love, and a recently taped reading conveys the awesome power of its first chapter. Geraldine Brooks muses on the pen pals in the age of email, Marya Hornbacher discusses her epic struggle against eating disorders, and much more in this issue of Bold Type.

New audio recordings this month include Ian McEwan reading from Enduring Love, Geraldine Brooks reading from Foreign Correspondence, and Marya Hornbacher reading from Wasted.

Happy Reading!
Larry Weissman
Bold Type Editor