• In this Wednesday June 13, 1973 file photo, President Nixon's National Security Adviser Henry A. Kissinger, left, and Le Duc Tho, member of Hanoi's Politburo, are shown outside a suburban house at Gif Sur Yvette in Paris after negotiation session. Founder of the Nobel Prize Alfred Nobel gave only vague instructions on how to select winners, leaving wide room for interpretation by the prize committees in Stockholm and Oslo. In 1973 U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese leader Le Duc Tho were honored for their efforts to achieve a cease-fire in the Vietnam War in what’s become one of the most contentious awards in Nobel history. The Vietnamese leader refused to accept the award, Kissinger asked the U.S. ambassador to Norway to accept it for him, and the war dragged on for three more years. The prize was heavily criticized, particularly by those who opposed the Vietnam War and associated Kissinger with it. (AP Photo/Michel Lipchitz, file)

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  • In this May 30, 2015 file photo, John Waters gives the commencement address after receiving an honorary doctor of Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, R.I. Algonquin Books announced Wednesday, Sept. 30, that a commencement speech by the filmmaker best known for “Hairspray” will be released in book form in the Spring 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

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  • In this Aug. 30, 2015 file photo, Pharrell Williams arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Pharrell has partnered with FirstBook, a nonprofit literacy organization, to donate up to 50,000 books to children in low-income families. Pharrell’s publisher, Penguin Young Readers, announced Tuesday, Sept. 29, that the Twitter hashtag #readHappy had been established for fans to post thoughts or images on why reading makes them “Happy.” Every post shared elsewhere on social media will lead to a donation.  Pharrell’s picture book “Happy,” based on his hit song, comes out next week.(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

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