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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.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
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.
"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.