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Antonio’s Cucina Italiana in Alturas
Stan Yagi, left, chats with a table of regulars at Antonio’s Cucina Italiana in Alturas.
(Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)

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Diana Marcum writes about life in the small towns and rural areas of California for the Los Angeles Times. In 2015, she won the Pulitzer Prize for narrative portraits of farm workers, farmers and others in California’s drought-stricken Central Valley. She is the author of “The Tenth Island, Finding Joy, Beauty and Unexpected Love in the Azores.”