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"To the young writers I would merely say, 'Try to develp actual work habits, and even though you have a busy life try to reserve an hour, say—or more—a day to write.' Some very good things have been written on an hour a day," says Updike in this June 2004 interview, less than five years before his death.
"Hubert Selby was the underdog and the voice for the...downtrodden, and was marginalized because he spoke up for the little guy," says Henry Rollins. "But you see the great humanity and the warmth and richness that he brought to things." The author of nine novels who died in 2004 is celebrated by two of his greatest champions, Rollins and Amiri Baraka, in this video from Open Road Media.
This highlight reel from the 2013 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, which was held on March 20 to March 24, features appearances by Niyi Osundare, Michael Cunningham, Thomas Beller, Dwight Garner, Elena Passarello, John Jeremiah Sullivan, and many others. For information about upcoming conferences and festivals, search our Conferences and Residencies database.
"And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in all the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected." The author of twenty-seven books, including The Grapes of Wrath (1939), for which he won the Pulitzer Prize; East of Eden (1952); and the novella Of Mice and Men (1937) is seen here giving his acceptance speech at the Nobel Banquet in Stockholm on December 10, 1962.
At this year's American Library Association conference, held June 27 to July 2 in Chicago, novelist Ann Patchett, whose most recent book is State of Wonder (Harper, 2011), talked about her "profoundly uninteresting" life as a reader and opening an independent bookstore, Parnassus Books, in Nashville.