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Humorist David Sedaris admits that his latest work, Theft by Finding, isn't exactly the book he set out to publish. It was originally meant to be a collection of funny diary entries, but then Sedaris' editor had a suggestion that changed its course.

"My editor said, 'Why don't you go back to the very beginning and find things that aren't necessarily funny and put those in as well?' " Sedaris says. "Soon those [entries] outweighed the funny ones, and the funny ones seemed almost over-produced, so I got rid of a lot of them."

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Cesar Becerra, Miami historian and lead tour guide for Educational Field Trips

Sosyete Koukouy

Haitian Creole is the national language of the Republic of Haiti, spoken by nearly the entire population of the island nation. It's also spoken by at least one million people residing throughout the Caribbean and the United States. So it should be a fairly simple task to find plenty of books in the language, right?

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What are you reading? WLRN wants to know — and we'll share what we, and other people in the South Florida community, are reading every week in this space.

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Pablo Cartaya, author of The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

Arturo Zamora is 13 and ready for a relaxing summer. His plans are quickly shattered when his family's business is threatened by a developer,  he loses one of the most important people in his life and he has to find the courage to express his feelings to a girl who has swept him off his feet. 

This is the plot of a new children's middle grade novel out now, the ‘Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora,’ by Pablo Cartaya. We spoke with Cartaya about the experiences he had growing up that inspired much of the story.

Grove Atlantic

Patricia Engel has the extremely familiar story of having come to Miami for what she thought would be a year -- 13 years ago.

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Arlo Haskell, Key West Literary Seminar executive director

A muggle mystery is afoot in the U.K.

Sometime over a span of a week and a half in mid-April, a burglar (or several) broke into a property in a Birmingham suburb, stealing jewelry and one item that's even more valuable — certainly to Harry Potter fans, at least: an 800-word, handwritten prequel to the series, scrawled on a postcard by J.K. Rowling herself.

Rakesh Satyal's new novel checks off a lot of boxes, but its charm lies in the fact that it wears all of it various identities so lightly. This is an immigration story, a coming-out story and something of an old-school feminist story about a timid woman learning to roar.

A prominent Christian conservative says it’s time for Christians to withdraw from modern, secular American life.

5-8-2017 We’ve passed the seventh anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil explosion, in 2010.  A spill impacted 68,000 miles of ocean, and washed ashore along the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida.

We speak with Connie May Fowler about her memoir of the event, called “A Million Fragile Bones.”

James Patterson has a long history of collaboration. Of his dozens of books, the blockbuster thriller writer has written at least 50 — yes, five-zero — with the name of a co-author emblazoned on the cover.

Still, it's fair to say none of them has the resume of the fiction novice he's teaming up with now: former President Bill Clinton.

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Happy reading!

Teresa Frontado, WLRN digital editor:

I am reading Bad Feminist, a collection of essays by Roxane Gay.

Ivanka Trump's Women Who Work is the latest entry in the crowded "having-it-all" genre — the ocean of books aimed at helping women navigate their careers.

This month marks 350 years since John Milton sold his publisher the copyright of Paradise Lost for the sum of five pounds.

His great work dramatizes the oldest story in the Bible, whose principal characters we know only too well: God, Adam, Eve, Satan in the form of a talking snake — and an apple.

Except, of course, that Genesis never names the apple but simply refers to "the fruit." To quote from the King James Bible:

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