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

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Poem for Jon

Award-winning slam poet and teacher Joaquin Zihuatanejo performs a moving poem in sign language to thank his student Jon. This performance is from the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam in Phoenix, Arizona, and shared by Button Poetry.

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The Art of Stillness

"In an age of constant movement, nothing is so urgent as sitting still." Essayist and novelist Pico Iyer invites readers to approach stillness as not only a creative catalyist but also as the ultimate adventure. A follow up to his essay "The Joy of Quiet," the book was released by TED Books and Simon & Schuster earlier this month.

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The Art of Asking

"Human beings have such a hard time asking for help." In her debut book, published by Grand Central Publishing this week, Amanda Palmer explores the complicated feelings involved in seeking help from others. Included are personal stories about her marriage to author Neil Gaiman and her struggles as an artist and musician.

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Katherine Faw Morris

"I think it's really hard to write fiction without yourself in it." Katherine Faw Morris speaks about her debut novel, Young God (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014), and the characters that are psychologically true to her.

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Marjane Satrapi

"When I read Dostoevsky, I understand better the psychology of the human being." Marjane Satrapi, author of the graphic memoir Persepolis (Pantheon, 2004), speaks with Paul Holdengräber at the New York Public Library about how reading Fyodor Dostoevsky's work changed her life.

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Liffey Swim

"The river courses through the city / turning concrete roadways to canal banks / that shrug their shoulders in dark water..." Irish poet Jessica Traynor reads from her debut poetry collection, Liffey Swim (Dedalus Press, 2014), for Dublin City Public Libraries' One City, One Book initiative.

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Us

Author and screenwriter David Nicholls describes his latest novel as a road movie, comedy, and love story about family and marriage. Published in October by Harper, Us was longlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

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Yes Please

"The book is an attempt to speak to the feelings of being young and old at the same time." Actress and author Amy Poehler speaks with actor Martin Short about her memoir, Yes Please, published by Dey Street Books last week.

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Eimear McBride

The debut novelist speaks about how reading James Joyce's Ulysses influenced her to write a book in six months, and how she struggled for years to get it published. A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing was published by Coffee House Press in September.

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Eileen Myles

The author of eighteen collections of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction is introduced by poet Carolyn Forché at the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University on October 28. Her new and selected poems, I Must Be Living Twice, will be published by Ecco/Harper Collins in 2015.

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