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

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Rachel Cantor

This trailer for Rachel Cantor's debut novel, A Highly Unlikely Scenario: Or, A Neetsa Pizza Employee's Guide to Saving the World, published in January by Melville House, features illustrations and animation by Claire Kelley and Paul Bommer and music by Jerome Kitke's Mad Coyote Madly Sings (Peer International Corp). Listen to an excerpt of the book, read by the author, on our Poets & Writers podcast.

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Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro

This conversation between acclaimed novelist Margaret Atwood and Nobel laureate Alice Munro was streamed live via Google+ Hangout on January 22 to an audience at New York City's Symphony Space as part of the live series Selected Shorts. Despite a few glitches, especially near the beginning, the live stream brought together Munro, who was in Toronto, having been snowed out of New York, and Munro, who was in Vancouver, for a unique exchange.

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Tom Spanbauer

"I'm crying, and I've always been crying. It's the only way I know how to gather myself up into a self, to be." The author of the novels Faraway Places, The Man Who Fell In Love With the Moon, In The City Of Shy Hunters, and Now Is the Hour reads from his new book, I Loved You More, forthcoming from Hawthorne Books in April, in this haunting trailer featuring music by Cadens Johnson.

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B. J. Novak

The actor best known for his work on NBC's Emmy Award-winning comedy series The Office is also a writer. B.J. Novak's first story collection, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, is forthcoming from Knopf next month. The trailer features one of Novak's costars from The Office, Mindy Kaling. Novak signed a two-book deal with Penguin Young Readers Group last week.

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Ishmael Beah

The author of A Long Way Gone (2007) reads the introduction to his new novel, Radiance of Tomorrow, published this month by Sarah Crichton Books. Listen to a longer excerpt of the book on our Poets & Writers podcast.

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Junot Díaz

“Literature gains its universality by being very specific.” Author Junot Díaz discusses his writing, his fascination with the Dominican Republic and its diaspora, and how specific experiences of characters can reflect the human condition.

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Rita Dove

“I always tell my students that the first version of anything that you write is purely personal and probably incomprehensible to anybody else.” In this clip, renowned poet Rita Dove discusses the act of creating a poem and the writer’s relationship to the reader.

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Donna Tartt

“The journey that I want to take the reader on, always, is the journey that I loved most when I was reading as a child.” In an interview with CBS This Morning cohost Charlie Rose, Donna Tartt, author most recently of The Goldfinch, discusses the inspirations for the novel, her writing process, and why writing at a slow pace works for her.

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Langston Hughes

“Thump, thump, thump, went his foot on the floor.” Filmed in 1958 as part of Vancouver’s 7 O’Clock Show, Langston Hughes recites his poem "The Weary Blues," with jazz accompaniment.

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Joyce Carol Oates

“I feel very transparent to myself. I’m more like an observer. I’m interested in what’s going on.” Joyce Carol Oates, whose most recent novel, Carthage, is published this month by Ecco, discusses her writing process, interests, and why she’s not sure she has a personality.

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