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Nicholson Baker is the author of novels and nonfiction works and a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has published widely, including in Harper’s, The New York Review of Books and The New Yorker. His fiction works focus more on characterization than on narrative and often feature use of the stream-of-consciousness technique. Baker is also an activist for the preservation of old newspapers and is the founder of the American Newspaper Repository, now housed at Duke University. His books include “The Anthologist” and “Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization.” His new novel is “Traveling Sprinkler” (Blue Rider/Penguin).