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

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Pakistani Poetry Festival

Local poets in Parachinar, a remote village in Pakistan that is bordered by the Tora Bora region of Afghanistan, in an area that has been torn apart for years by secretarian violence, hold an annual poetry festival with hopes that poetry can bring together diverse communities for peace.

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Anthony Swofford

Former Marine Anthony Swofford, author of the memoirs Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles (Scribner, 2010) and Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails (Twelve 2012), is one of six writers featured in Rochelle Spencer's "Books and Babies," an article in the new issue of the magazine that takes a look at the challenges of being a parent and an author. In this video, Swofford talks about his experience serving in and writing about the military as well as some misconstrued facts about combat veterans returning home from war.

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Nathan Englander

Author Nathan Englander explains that the age-old writing advice "write what you know" isn't about events but rather about universal emotions like love, loss, and longing.

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Teddy Wayne

The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne explores the underbelly of fame in twenty-first century America's celebrity culture, told through the eyes of an unforgettable child. Here the author, whose first novel, Kapitoil, was published by Harper Perennial in 2010, endorses his own book.

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti

In Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder, which opens tonight in New York City, director Christopher Felver reveals the poet's true role as a catalyst for numerous literary careers and for the Beat movement itself. The documentary features one-on-one interviews with Ferlinghetti as well as appearances by Allen Ginsberg, Dennis Hopper, Dave Eggers, and others. For more opening dates, visit the First Run Features website.

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Malcolm Gladwell

The key to Malcolm Gladwell's success? "I happened to be doing things that I wanted to do and they happened to strike a chord at a certain point." Or maybe it isn't quite that simple. The author of Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and other books goes on to say, "Mastery is one thing; success and popularity are another."

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Tom Perrotta

Novelist and screenwriter Tom Perrotta, author most recently of The Leftovers (St. Martin's Press, 2011), offers advice to writers and debunks the maxim of always writing what you know.

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Black History Month

Alice Walker, Ishmael Reed, N. K. Jemisin, Virginia Hamilton, and David Halberstam discuss the legacy and contributions of African American writers to the Western canon in this video from Open Road Media.

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James Dickey

Broadcast in late July 1969, this piece by poet and novelist James Dickey was commissioned by the television network ABC on the occasion of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

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"Tributaries"

In this animation for the free fiction magazine Recommended Reading, Myles David Jewell animates the following sentence from "Tributaries" by Ramona Ausubel: "Though the girls know many two-armers, even some that seem happy and in love, what they talk about are those with love-grown arms."

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