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

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Yours Is the Earth

"If you can dream—and not make dreams your master / If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim." This short film features Rudyard Kipling's poem "If," read by Tom O'Bedlam and filmed by Stephen Lister.

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Helen Macdonald

"My fascination with birds goes back so long.... When I was about five or six, I think I used to try and sleep with my hands behind my back like wings." Helen Macdonald discusses her memoir, H is For Hawk (Jonathan Cape, 2014), which received the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction, and won the 2014 Costa Book Award this week.

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Ned Beauman

The London native and youngest writer on Granta's list of the best young British novelists in 2013, reads from his latest novel, Glow (Knopf, 2015). The Bookshop Band performs a song inspired by Beauman's book called "We Are the Foxes."

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The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac

Sharma Shields introduces and reads from her novel The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac from the woods of Spokane, Washington. The book was released today by Henry Holt.

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Moving to the City

"It can be warm and cold here at once." Poet Josh Lefkowitz recites a poem about New York City in a short film by Chris Follmer, which was a winner at the 2014 Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival.

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Geeking Out With Junot Díaz

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz talks about the impact comic books had on him as he was growing up, as well as their cultural and literary significance. His novel The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead Books, 2007) was just named the best novel of the twenty-first century to date by a BBC Culture critics' poll.

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Guantánamo Diary

Mohamedou Ould Slahi's memoir, Guantánamo Diary, documenting his thirteen years in the prison, was published this week by Little, Brown. In this animated documentary from the Guardian, Slahi's brother, attorney, and book editor discuss how the book was written and declassified.

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Beijing Bastard

"My secret wish was to write or make movies, preferably a novel that would be an instant classic." Val Wang speaks about the inspiration for her memoir, Beijing Bastard: Into the Wilds of a Changing China (Gotham Books, 2014).

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Commonly Mispronounced Author Names

Have you been pronouncing Vladimir Nabokov's name correctly all these years? Book Riot sets the record straight with a short guide to some of the most frequently mispronounced author names, such as Michel Houellebecq, Chinua Achebe, and Jodi Picoult.

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As the Sky Shifts Overhead

This short film by Nick Twemlow was inspired by the poem "Too Young to Marry but Not Too Young to Die" by Joyce Carol Oates. The piece premiered at Poets & Writers Live in San Francisco on January 10, as part of the multigenre, multimedia “Inspiration Experiment” featuring Oates, singer-songwriter Ben Arthur, visual artist Roman Muradov, and dancer Sarah Fiske.

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