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

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Lemon Anderson

Three-time felon and Tony Award-winning poet and playwright Lemon Anderson starred in Russell Simmons's Def Poetry Jam in 2003, but the resulting money and fame quickly disappeared. Lemon, a new documentary about Anderson by Laura Brownson and Beth Levinson, will have its broadcast premiere on PBS as part of Latino Broadcasting's series Voces on October 19.

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Life of Pi

Director Ang Lee's adaptation of Yann Martel's Life of Pi (Knopf Canada, 2001), the best-selling novel about a young man who survives a disaster at sea and is marooned on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger, will be released in theaters this November.

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Octavia E. Butler

In this video from Open Road Media, authors Samuel R. Delaney and N. K. Jemisin and literary agent Merrilee Heifetz speak about the late Octavia E. Bulter, who in 1995 became the first science fiction writer to win a "Genius" grant from the MacArthur Foundation. "Her stories really weren't about aliens.... they were about people," says Jemisin.

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Dispatch From the Future

The trailer for Leigh Stein's debut collection of poetry, Dispatch From the Future, published by Melville House this month, features digital animation by Jorge Colombo.

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Sleepwalk With Me

Based on a book by comedian Mike Birbiglia published by Simon & Schuster in 2010, Sleepwalk With Me was cowritten and produced by Ira Glass. IFC Films is releasing the movie in theaters next month.

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Stephen Fry Reads Shakespeare

Touch Press's new iPad app, The Sonnets of William Shakespeare, presents all 154 sonnets along with notes, commentary, and interviews with experts, plus captivating peformances by full-throated actors such as Patrick Stewart and, seen here reading Sonnet 130, Stephen Fry.

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"The Devil's Treasure" by Mary Gaitskill

In the latest video for Electric Literature's Recommended Reading,Luca Dipierro animates and scores a sentence from "The Devil's Treasure" by Mary Gaitskill. The sentence: "Meanwhile, women came flying at him, loving him, swarming like hornets, beautiful with love, drunk with love, near-crazy with love, sick with it, buzzing all around him, looking for the beautiful soul the sensed unerringly."

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Landai Poetry in Afghanistan

In this report from the Pulitzer Center, Eliza Griswold explores the art of writing landai poetry in Afghanistan and the importance of these poems to Afghan women. "While in traditional Afghan society women must keep their passions secret, the landai poetry serves as an outlet from their constricted lives."

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The Word Begins

Performed by Steve Connell and Sekou Andrews, The Word Begins follows two men who discover "the power of words to define love, faith, race, and humanity in America." Directed by Robert Egan, the combination of theater, spoken word, and comedy show is playing at Brooklyn's  Hip Hop Theater Festival.

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The Fantastic Flying Books App

Back in January we posted William Joyce and Branden Oldenburg's animated short film, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessermore. Now there's an interactive app that appears to capture all the magic and fascination of that beautiful story "of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor."

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