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Blooming Admiration

Amy Bloom once received a note from fellow author Robert Stone, for whom she harbored great admiration: "I'm teaching fiction this year," it read. "You are the only living writer [on the syllabus]." "All right," Bloom later joked, "I can retire now."

[Bloom, who often served as a jurist for major book awards, almost nominated John Derbyshire's Seeing Calvin Coolidge in A Dream for a National Book Award before discovering that the author was English.]

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