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Author Charles Cumming Ponders The Seductions — And The Sins — Of Spying  |   

NPR's Madhulika Sikka profiles Cumming, the author of thoughtful spy sagas like A Colder War. Cumming's books provide plenty of action, but also grapple with the moral quandaries of espionage.

MK Asante's Poem 'In Summer' Honors Paul Laurence Dunbar  |   

MK Asante reads a poem composed for Morning Edition titled, "In Summer." The Baltimore-based writer says it is in tribute to Paul Laurence Dunbar, an African-American poet.

Ghanaian Mystery Writer Says, 'It's Easy To Get Murdered In Accra'  |   

And, author Kwei Quartey adds, "The police may not find you for a little while." That's why he chose to set his second Detective Inspector Dawson book in Ghana's capital.

'A Thousand Mirrors' Shows Two Views Of One Long, Brutal War  |   

In her new novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, Sri Lankan-American author Nayomi Munaweera shows the decades-long Sri Lankan civil war from the perspective of two girls who witness the horror.

Fast-Talking 21-Year-Old Makes A Winning Bid For Auctioneer Glory  |   

Auctioneering runs in Blaine Lotz's blood; he says he was "pretty near born in a livestock market." Now, he's won the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship — the Super Bowl of auctioneering.

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