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john updike   John Updike received the third National Book Foundation award of his career. Mr. Updike is a thrilling reader (as well as a prolific writer), as this audio recording of his story "The Witnesses" proves.  
alice mcdermott   In this issue of Bold Type, Alice McDermott, also the author of That Night, shares a passage from her novel about the late Billy Lynch, Charming Billy.  
edward ball   Edward Ball shares a passage from his first book Slaves in the Family, an account of his search for the truth behind his family's history as slave-owners.  
robert lyons and chinua achebe   Robert Lyons and Chinua Achebe share their view of Africa, free of Western stereotypes. Pictures and poetry from a renowned photographer and an accomplished man of letters.  
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