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A curated selection of videos, including book trailers, brief interviews, and other literary curiosities updated daily.
"My fascination with birds goes back so long.... When I was about five or six, I think I used to try and sleep with my hands behind my back like wings." Helen Macdonald discusses her memoir, H is For Hawk (Jonathan Cape, 2014), which received the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction, and won the 2014 Costa Book Award this week.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz talks about the impact comic books had on him as he was growing up, as well as their cultural and literary significance. His novel The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead Books, 2007) was just named the best novel of the twenty-first century to date by a BBC Culture critics' poll.
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.