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Around the World on Thursday


Jim Shepard has won the Story Prize for “Like You’d Understand, Anyway.”

Lewis Jones takes a look at a readable new biography of Marcus Garvey.

Neil Astley wonders if poetry can actually make a difference in the world.

William F. Buckley has died.

Former NBCC finalist Richard Ford has a new story in the New Yorker.

In other book prize news, the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, the Kiriyama Book Prize, the Premio Alfaguara de Novela, the CBC Prizes, and the Israel Prize have all been announced. (via) and (via)