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For the New York Times video series The Read Around, novelist Helen Oyeyemi discusses the curious power fairy tales have and how they influence our conception of beauty. Her fifth novel, Boy, Snow, Bird, inspired by the story of Snow White, was published earlier this year by Riverhead Books.
"It's very much about ordinary lives being plunged into the unexpected, the eruption of passion and drama into domestic life." Sarah Waters speaks about her latest novel, set in 1922 in a large house full of family members, servants, and lodgers. The novel was published by Riverhead in September and was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize.
Ali Smith reads from her dual-narrative novel involving a British teenager mourning her mother's death and a fifteenth-century Italian painter. The novel, released tomorrow by Pantheon, was a finalist for the 2014 Man Booker Prize. Last month Smith was awarded the Goldsmiths Prize, an award recognizing fiction that breaks the mold.
"It's not about whether or not the shooter is racist. It's about how poor black boys are treated as problems well before we are treated as people." Award-winning slam poet Javon Johnson performs a personal and impassioned poem at the 2013 National Poetry Slam semifinals in Boston.
"The humor is just an organic part of the way that I see the world." Miriam Toews talks about the humor in the dark moments of her new novel, published this month by McSweeney's. Based on the suicide of her sister, the book was a finalist for Canada's Scotiabank Giller Prize this year.
"I wanted to try to capture the magic of hearing the voice of a stranger on a little device in your home." Anthony Doerr discusses what inspired him to write his new novel, which took him ten years to complete. All the Light We Cannot See, published in May by Scribner, was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award in Fiction.
"Many people aren't even remotely interested in [poetry]. But it's so clear to me that, of course, it's what you want to do." Glück ruminates about her writing process in this short documentary from the Academy of American Poets. Last night she was awarded the National Book Award in poetry for her collection Faithful and Virtuous Night, published by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux in September.