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A curated selection of videos, including book trailers, brief interviews, and other literary curiosities updated daily.

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What Makes a Word "Real?"

Anne Curzan, an English professor at the University of Michigan, continues to be fascinated with language. In this TED talk, she offers insight on how words make it into dictionaries and who decides whether "YOLO" is, in fact, a word.

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American Poets Abroad

Edward Hirsch speaks about American poets and poetry abroad at the Academy of American Poets' 2013 Poets Forum. Hirsch discusses his two new books, Gabriel and A Poet's Glossary, in the September/October 2014 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine. For more Hirsch, watch him on the Why We Write panel at the Poets & Writers Live event in New York City this past June.

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Writers Helping Writers

"We teach people that good writing is about empathy." GrubStreet is an independent writing center in Boston with thirty regular instructors and twenty-five hundred students. GrubStreet is featured in "The MFA Alternatives: Independent Writing Workshops" by Michael Bourne, in the new issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Bespoke Libraries

From his workshop in Boulder, Colorado, Thatcher Wine custom-tailors libraries with original cover designs, creating an art piece within a book collection. CBS 48 Hours correspondent Richard Schlesinger interviews the designer about his unique take on books.

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Family Therapy

"Our family trait is to remember / only the good times / like a last blown kiss at the door." This poem from Cynthia Atkins is made into a short film by the Poetry Storehouse. Atkins is the author of In the Event of Full Disclosure (Wordtech, 2013), a book of poetry exploring mental illness and family ties.

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Literature vs. Traffic

This documentary film captures a 2012 art installation from Luzinterruptus, an internationally-known light-artists collective from Spain. The team received ten thousand discarded library books, added LED lights, and displayed them in a public space in Melbourne, Australia.

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What Is a Pre-First Edition?

Book collectors and enthusiasts are always on the hunt for the elusive first edition of a book. AbeBooks explains the even rarer forms of editions that come before and are not often seen by the public.

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Winter in the Blood

This forthcoming film by Alex and Andrew Smith is based on the James Welch novel of the same title, published by Harper & Row in 1974. Author, poet, and filmmaker Sherman Alexie serves as the associate producer.

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River-Born

This preview (sans sound) of an upcoming film and performance piece combines images of rivers, graphic novel illustrations, and words of poetry from Carl Jung, Li Po, and Ted Hughes. The film, created by the Cabinet of Living Cinema, premieres at the Bournemouth Arts Festival by the Sea in England on September 27.

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Garrison Keillor

The author and host of A Prairie Home Companion speaks with PBS NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown about how his love of poetry has changed over the years and helped develop The Writer's Almanac, a podcast of poetry chosen and read by Keillor.

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