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

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Laszlo Krasznahorkai

"I give my thanks to Franz Kafka whose novel Das Schloss [The Castle] I read when I was twelve years old… I believe my fate was sealed." Hungarian fiction writer László Krasznahorkai gives his acceptance speech for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize last month.

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Franz Wright

"'Whenever you receive a letter from a creditor / immediately write fifty lines / upon an otherworldly subject, / and you will be saved!' (If not from the stepfool.)" Franz Wright reads "Baudelaire" from his book Wheeling Motel (Knopf, 2009) at the 2008 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Wright passed away last month at the age of sixty-two.

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David McCullough

Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough recounts childhood memories of spending time in the library, and how important librarians have been to his work as a writer. His new book, The Wright Brothers, was published by Simon & Schuster last month.

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The Book of Aron

"My father said they should have named me What Have You Done." The opening lines of Jim Shepard's novel The Book of Aron, published last month by Knopf, are featured in this animated video by Drew Roberts.

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Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera reads "Five Directions to My House" from his poetry collection Half of the World in Light (University of Arizona Press, 2008). Herrera was named the twenty-first poet laureate of the United States yesterday, the first Latino to hold the position.

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The Poets Will Be Heard

"The great thing with poetry is that you can hide a lot of your feelings and a lot of your truth in metaphor, and that's why I felt safe." In this teaser for a documentary from BBC Radio 1, spoken word poets share stories of their first experiences writing poems and how poetry has made an impact on their lives.

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Inside Writing

"The fact that you don't like something about your work... actually means that you know something about it." In this episode of Faber Academy's podcast Inside Writing, Erica Wagner offers encouraging words for writers feeling discouraged or stuck in their writing. 

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Jacqueline Woodson

"Brown Girl Dreaming is in verse because that's the way memory comes." Jacqueline Woodson speaks about her autobiographical novel, published by Nancy Paulsen Books last August, winner of the 2014 National Book Award in young people’s literature. Woodson was named the new young people’s poet laureate by the Poetry Foundation last week.

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Booklandia

"What if there was a place just for book lovers?" Booklandia.TV is a new web video channel featuring author interviews, book reviews, literary news, and more. The channel is produced by the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication in Portland, Oregon in partnership with Powell's Books.

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A Day at the Mall Reminds Me of America

This recent installment from Motionpoems by film director Ayse Altinok features a poem from Sarah Blake’s debut collection, Mr. West (Wesleyan, 2015), an unauthorized lyric biography of Kanye West.

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