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

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Guantánamo Diary

Mohamedou Ould Slahi's memoir, Guantánamo Diary, documenting his thirteen years in the prison, was published this week by Little, Brown. In this animated documentary from the Guardian, Slahi's brother, attorney, and book editor discuss how the book was written and declassified.

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Beijing Bastard

"My secret wish was to write or make movies, preferably a novel that would be an instant classic." Val Wang speaks about the inspiration for her memoir, Beijing Bastard: Into the Wilds of a Changing China (Gotham Books, 2014).

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Commonly Mispronounced Author Names

Have you been pronouncing Vladimir Nabokov's name correctly all these years? Book Riot sets the record straight with a short guide to some of the most frequently mispronounced author names, such as Michel Houellebecq, Chinua Achebe, and Jodi Picoult.

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As the Sky Shifts Overhead

This short film by Nick Twemlow was inspired by the poem "Too Young to Marry but Not Too Young to Die" by Joyce Carol Oates. The piece premiered at Poets & Writers Live in San Francisco on January 10, as part of the multigenre, multimedia “Inspiration Experiment” featuring Oates, singer-songwriter Ben Arthur, visual artist Roman Muradov, and dancer Sarah Fiske.

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Poets Are Mirrors of the Mind

"What a great poet is, is a mirror that he holds up to the audience, and the audience sees themselves." Poet and performance artist John Giorno speaks about his first encounter with poetry, the poets who influenced him, and the importance of memorization.

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Poetry as Pause

"Even in a few lines, a poem outlines a perceptual world. A reader or listener fills in the gaps, adding another dimension." In this TEDx event, poet Christine Stewart discusses the ways in which poetry can be experienced, as both a reader and a writer.

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Jenn McCreary

"I feel like I've always been taking notes. When I sit down to write, I'm trying to find a way to organize that mess, to find a form, to contain it, to control it." The poet and 2013 Pew Fellow speaks about her motivation to write and the themes that carry through her work. 

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Ode to the Dictionary

"I am made of earth and with words I sing." Ilan Stavans, editor of All the Odes (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013), reads a poem by Pablo Neruda in English and Spanish.

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Steven Ross Smith

From the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, Steven Ross Smith reads "Laden" from the sixth book in his poetry book series, Fluttertongue, forthcoming from BookThug. Read "Growing in a Poet's Garden: A Visit to Little Sparta" by Smith in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

"It really opens their eyes to a whole new way to look at the world, and it's a necessary way to look at the world—it makes you a better human." Teacher Emily Nielson talks about the importance of reading poetry at a young age and participating in community events like the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada.

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