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Hello, readers! I’m Carolyn Kellogg, book editor of the L.A. Times, with this week’s newsletter with some great bookish stories to carry you through Thanksgiving.

THE BIG STORY

When critic at large Alexander Chee took his first creative writing class from Kit Reed at Wesleyan University more than two decades ago, it introduced him to many things: a real working writer, what it was like to live a life in art, and, most importantly, a mentor and friend. Reed died in September and Chee remembers her life and work in

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