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

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Philip Levine

"We stand in the rain in a long line waiting at Ford Highland Park. For work." The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, who died this weekend at the age of 87, speaks with PBS NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown in a 2010 interview about the need for working-class life to be represented in poetry.

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We Are Pirates

Book critic Ron Charles provides a humorous plot summary of Daniel Handler's new novel, We Are Pirates (Bloomsbury USA, 2015). You can read Charles's full review of the book in the Washington Post.

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Tracy K. Smith

"My interest in science fiction was really based in what now seems like a very kitschy futuristic aesthetic—an image of the future from about forty years ago." Poet Tracy K. Smith discusses how she conducted research for her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Life on Mars (Graywolf Press, 2011). Smith, whose new book, the memoir Ordinary Light, is forthcoming from Knopf, is featured in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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The Buried Giant

In this forthcoming novel from the Booker Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro, a couple set off on a journey to find a son they have not seen in years. The Buried Giant (Knopf, 2015) is featured in Page One in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Holy Cow

"I think ideas for independent films often make decent plots for novels because they're human." Actor David Duchovny speaks about how an idea for a screenplay turned into his debut novel, Holy Cow, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux last week.

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The Novella: Forgotten Stories

"What fascinates me about recovering forgotten stories is how often they are the real tipping points for much bigger cultural, defining moments." Journalist Julianne Schultz moderates a discussion about the importance of the novella as a literary form at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

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The Anti-Poem

"Poems are bullshit unless they are screamed, or howled, or thrown in your face." Spoken word artist Najee Omar performs his poem "The Anti-Poem (After Amiri Baraka)" in this video by All Def Poetry.

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Doris Lessing

"You invent whole sections of something and then later some biographer wants to know which is true and what isn't, and you have to sit and think." In this short video produced in 2013, the late Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing shares anecdotes from her life as a writer. Currently, a search is on to appoint a new biographer for Lessing.

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Gizmo's Catcher in the Rye

"Broadway was mobbed and messy. It was Sunday and only twelve o'clock, but it was mobbed anyway." In this short film from the Strand bookstore, directed by Rob Sichler, Gizmo the dog plays Holden Caulfield from the novel by J. D. Salinger. 

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A Load of Hooey

"There's nothing in here of any substance." Bob Odenkirk speaks about his debut collection of essays, published last October by McSweeney's, and why the book will enter the canon of good toilet literature. 

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