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

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Roberto Montes

"And each morning I am left with the furious kindling of birds." Roberto Montes reads from his first collection of poetry, I Don't Know Do You (Ampersand Books, 2014), at the Bureau of General Services–Queer Division, a cultural center and bookstore in New York City.

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"Time to Leave"

"When you're faced with such hopeless situations / It's time to move on and leave." This film by Lee Hang Gab, with music by Ólafur Arnalds, is inspired by Korean author Lee Byung Ryul and chronicles the filmmaker's travels in Japan.

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Samuel R. Delany

"I consider Delany not only one of the most important science-fiction writers of the present generation, but a fascinating writer in general who has invented a new style," writes Umberto Eco. Samuel R. Delany discusses his novel Dhalgren, his childhood in Harlem, and the journey that lead him to become the 2013 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master of science fiction in this clip from Open Road Media.

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Margaret Atwood

The Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist who this week won the 2014 Orion Book Award from Orion Magazine for her novel MaddAddam (Nan A. Talese, 2013), is seen here discussing her creative process as part of Big Think.

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Russell Edson

This animated poem, read by Russell Edson, who passed away on April 29 after a long illness, is part of Poetry Everywhere, produced by the Poetry Foundation in association with docUWM at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Animation by Chris Lightbody.

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Self-Publishing: Publishing Your Book

Polly Courtney, the author of six novels who self-published her latest, Feral Youth (2013), after being frustrated by the "chick-lit" covers assigned to her by HarperCollins, offers the third in her series of how-to videos on self-publishing. Watch Part 1: Editing and Part 2: Cover Design.

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Jonathan Safran Foer and Jeffrey Eugenides

”I have a fair amount of fear when I am writing a book. You need to hate your work, but if you hate it too much it will stop you from writing," says Jeffrey Eugendies in this conversation with Jonathan Safran Foer, moderated by journalist Martin Krasnik and filmed at the Louisiana Literature Festival in 2012.

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Lawrence Weschler

The former New Yorker staff writer and director emeritus of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU delivered this keynote address, "A Typology of Convergences: Towards a Unified Field Theory of Cultural Transmission," at the 2013 Graduate Student Conference at the School of Visual Arts.

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"21"

Patrick Roche performs his poem "21" at the 2014 College Unions Poetry Slam at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

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"Human Events"

In this Single Sentence Animation for Electric Literature, Martha Colburn animates "Human Events" by Stephen O'Connor. Music by Thollem McDonas.

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