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

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Mary Lambert

"Poetry for me is the center of self, and someplace I can really go that reminds me of why I'm an artist." The singer-songwriter, spoken word artist, and winner of Seattle Poetry Slam's 2011 Grand Slam performs her poem "Pistol Whip." 

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The Bone Clocks

"It has a skeleton of realism, but inside its rib cage it has a sort of paranormal heart." David Mitchell introduces and reads from his most recent book, The Bone Clocks (Random House, 2014), which was longlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize.

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Emily Dickinson in Film

In celebration of Emily Dickinson's 184th birthday today, we share this collage of clips from films featuring her famous poems. The video accompanied a talk at the Emily Dickinson Museum with Jerome Charyn, author of the novel The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson (W.W. Norton, 2010) in 2011.

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Dean Atta

"When you are sad, be secretly happy because you know it will make a great poem." In this TEDx event, spoken word poet Dean Atta performs personal poems about identity, family, and mental health, along with live illustrations by artist Ben Connors.

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Claudia Rankine as a Citizen

"I feel like it's my personal mission to keep those stories as present as I am possibly able to keep them present." Claudia Rankine appeared on PBS NewsHour last week to discuss the recent upheaval involving unarmed black men and white police officers, and how these events influenced her book Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press, 2014). 

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Wild

The film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's memoir Wild (Knopf, 2012), with a screenplay by Nick Hornby, was released today. Reese Witherspoon served as a producer and plays Strayed in the story of her three-month hike and journey.

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Helen Oyeyemi

For the New York Times video series The Read Around, novelist Helen Oyeyemi discusses the curious power fairy tales have and how they influence our conception of beauty. Her fifth novel, Boy, Snow, Bird, inspired by the story of Snow White, was published earlier this year by Riverhead Books. 

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Second Childhood

"You might think I am just old but I have finally decided to make the decision to never grow up, and remain under my hood." Fanny Howe reads from her poetry collection Second Childhood (Graywolf Press, 2014) at the 2014 National Book Awards ceremony.

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The Paying Guests

"It's very much about ordinary lives being plunged into the unexpected, the eruption of passion and drama into domestic life." Sarah Waters speaks about her latest novel, set in 1922 in a large house full of family members, servants, and lodgers. The novel was published by Riverhead in September and was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize.

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How to Be Both

Ali Smith reads from her dual-narrative novel involving a British teenager mourning her mother's death and a fifteenth-century Italian painter. The novel, released tomorrow by Pantheon, was a finalist for the 2014 Man Booker Prize. Last month Smith was awarded the Goldsmiths Prize, an award recognizing fiction that breaks the mold.

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