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Writer Noor Hindi talks poetry, politics and pizza

Poet, journalist and student Noor Hindi is getting ready to start the second year of her three-year NEOMFA program at the University of Akron. She also teaches a composition class, is the assistant poetry editor for the University of Akron Press and managing editor of the Devil Strip magazine. Her chapbook, "Diary of a Filthy Woman," was published this year by Porkbelly Press. For more information: noorhindi.com

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A splendid account of Hemingway’s first marriage, to perhaps his only true love

Scott Donaldson, one of the nation’s pre-eminent biographers and author of “Hemingway vs. Fitzgerald,” “By Force of Will: The Life and Art of Ernest Hemingway,” “John Cheever: A Biography,” and “The Cambridge Companion to Ernest Hemingway” – as well as numerous other books about literary icons – released “The Paris Husband: How it Really Was Between Ernest and Hadley Hemingway” this summer. In his new oeuvre, Donaldson chronicles a crucial time in Hemingway’s life: 1920-1927.

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Megan Abbott on ‘Give Me Your Hand’

For someone who likes to kill people in her books, Megan Abbott is tremendously cheerful. Her conversation was peppered with laughter when I reached her by phone at home in Queens, N.Y., just having finished the book tour for her latest novel, "Give Me Your Hand."

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Bill Cunningham’s fashionable life recalled in two new books

Bill Cunningham died in 2016, and the Sunday New York Times just hasn't been the same for me. You see, I'd go immediately to the Sunday Styles section and look for his photographs of New Yorkers and their fashions, both people on the street and the smart society types who posed at the assorted balls, receptions and openings. It didn't matter where I was actually living, the Connecticut River Valley or San Francisco's Russian Hill, gazing at Cunningham's "On the Street" and "Evening Hours" photos always transported me back to a New York where I could imagine, if only for a second, that it was me charging across 57th street at Fifth Avenue looking dashing or posing in a tuxedo somewhere with a canape in one hand and a martini in the other.

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Book review: ‘The First Rule of Punk,’ superb spirited tale about a creative, proud Latina teen

Parents need to know that "The First Rule of Punk" is about a 12-year-old Latina who loves punk and bristles at pressure to act as a model senorita. Malu's story – the first book by librarian and zine-maker Celia C. Perez – is packed with samples of engagingly illustrated zines that explore her connections with her family, Mexico, feminism, and more. Malu is rebellious but respectful, by and large: She looks for opportunities to express herself within the lines established by her school and family (aside from a makeover done without her mother's knowledge). The power of creativity, the importance of speaking up against unfairness, and recognizing how your history informs your present are key themes.

Latest forecast shows smoke worsening in some areas

Much of western Washington remained under an air quality alert Tuesday, August 21 due to smoke from major wildfires in central Washington and British Columbia. Here's the latest National Weather Service forecast.