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

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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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E. R. Braithwaite

"I imagined that because everyone was telling me I was so very bright, there must be something there for me. But my skin was black," says Guyanese author, teacher, and diplomat E. R. Braithwaite, whose five nonfiction books and two novels, including To Sir, With Love (1959), are available as e-books from Open Road Integrated Media.

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Phenomenal Woman

“Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.” In this video, poet, teacher, and activist Maya Angelou recites her inspirational and engaging poem “Phenomenal Woman.”

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Zadie Smith

“Magical thinking makes you crazy and renders everything possible.” In this video, author Zadie Smith discusses her writing, literary influences, and the spiritual aspects of the creative process.

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Labor Day

Watch this trailer for the film adaptation of Joyce Maynard’s novel Labor Day. The movie, which stars Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, relates the story of a single mother and her lonely son who take in a mysterious stranger with a complicated past.

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