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    Tomie dePaola

    Children's Literature Legacy Award Winner

    Tomie dePaola was an American writer and illustrator who created more than 260 children's books such as Strega Nona. He received the Children's Literature Legacy Award for his lifetime contribution to American children's literature in 2011.

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    Dean Koontz

    Author

    Dean Koontz is an author. His novels are billed as suspense thrillers, but frequently incorporate elements of horror, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and satire. He has published over 105 novels, and has sold over 450 million copies of his work.

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  • Ana Luísa Amaral

    Ana Luísa Amaral

    Professor, University of Porto

    Ana Luísa Amaral is a Professor at the University of Porto. She holds a Ph.D. on the poetry of Emily Dickinson and has academic publications (in Portugal and abroad) in the areas of English and American Poetry, Comparative Poetics and Feminist Studies.

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    Chelsea Clinton

    Author

    Chelsea Clinton is an American author and global health advocate. She is the only child of former United States President Bill Clinton and former United States Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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    Phillis Wheatley

    1st Published African-American Poet

    Phillis Wheatley was the first published African-American female poet. Born in West Africa, she was sold into slavery at the age of seven or eight and transported to North America. She was purchased by the Wheatley family of Boston.

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    Alex Haley

    Author, "Roots: The Saga of an American Family"

    Alex Haley was an American writer and the author of the 1976 book "Roots: The Saga of an American Family". ABC adapted the book as a television miniseries of the same name and aired it in 1977 to a record-breaking audience of 130 million viewers.

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    Stephen King

    Author

    Stephen King is an author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television series, and comic books.

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    James Baldwin

    Author

    James Baldwin was an American novelist and social critic. His essays, as collected in "Notes of a Native Son" (1955), explore intricacies of racial, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America.

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    Steve Ditko

    Comics Artist

    Steve Ditko was an American comics artist and writer best known as the artist and co-creator, with Stan Lee, of the Marvel Comics superheroes Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. Ditko was inducted into the comics industry's Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1990.

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    Langston Hughes

    Poet

    Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry.

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