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

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I Hear America Singing

In this clip, from the satellite-radio show Theme Time Radio Hour, Bob Dylan reads Walt Whitman's poem "I Hear America Singing." Here's to a happy, healthy, creative, and inspired Independence Day!

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Postcards

Avant-garde artist, performer, and writer Barbara Rosenthal superimposes curious text on 35mm slides to create a series of three postcards. Paired with melancholy music, the piece captures a glimpse of a much larger story brewing just beneath the surface. Rosenthal has kept a lifelong journal since age eleven—the subject of several international exhibitions.

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Alter Esselin

"Words are the heart of humanity and I live with that in mind." Joe Esselin, son of Yiddish poet Alter Esselin, tells the story of his father's journey to America in the early 1900s. Living through poverty, finding work as a carpenter, and cherishing memories of his homeland all became inspirations for his poetry.

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Markus Zusak

"Every success I've ever had has come wrapped in a gift box of failure." In this Tedx Talk, best-selling author Markus Zusak shares personal stories of disappointment, including his insecurities in writing The Book Thief, and how failing has given him the courage to follow his own vision.

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Vijay Seshadri

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 3 Sections speaks with PBS NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown about how his experience as an immigrant influences the way he writes his poems. "If you're an immigrant, you're sort of on the fringe of society, you see society as a whole, you see panoramas...you can embrace all of it."

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The Roving Typist

"You absolutely can tell a great story on the spot." This short film by Mark Cersosimo follows fiction writer C. D. Hermelin on his journey to becoming "The Roving Typist." After finding an old Royal Safari typewriter at a yard sale, Hermelin decided to set up shop in parks around New York City and type stories for strangers. Freebird Books serves as one of the backdrops in the film.

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James Lee Burke

"A novel or a story should be a microcosm of the era in which we live." Filmed in 2011 on his Montana ranch, best-selling author James Lee Burke opens up on how his contemplation of the misuse of power in America has inspired him to write more than thirty novels. A profile of Burke and his latest book, Wayfaring Stranger, appears in the July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Lisa Scottoline

In this video from BookExpo America 2014, Lisa Scottoline speaks with humor and passion about the magic of books and the importance of writing the truth. Scottoline says as a novelist, "the interesting thing you learn, is that you have to tell it true.... It has to make me a little worried about saying it out loud." Scottoline is featured along with her agent Molly Friedrich in the July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Edward Kelsey Moore

Edward Kelsey Moore shares what inspired him to write the novel The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat. Moore says he wanted to capture, "that feeling of hearing a story told across the dining room table or at the kitchen counter." Read how Moore met his agent Barney Karpfinger in the July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Karen Russell

"With first drafts, the best feeling, and sort of the rarest, is when I also don't know what's going to happen.... It's a wonderful pleasure, you're writing the way a reader reads." In this video from the Chicago Humanities Festival, Karen Russell speaks with Time Out Chicago's Laura Pearson about her process. Russell shares how she found her agent Denise Shannon in the July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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