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

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Rivka Galchen

The author of American Innovations (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014) speaks with Book Smart Tulsa about writing her second book and her influences growing up in Oklahoma.

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Choose Your Own Autobiography

Actor Neil Patrick Harris explains the unique, interactive concept behind his forthcoming memoir, Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography (Crown Archetype, 2014). Within the fun adventure of the book, Harris also discusses serious topics from his life.

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Jubilee

Traci Brimhall's poem "Jubilee," read by Dave Bonta, is enhanced with striking footage in this clip from Moving Poems. Brimhall is the author of Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton, 2012), which was selected for the 2011 Barnard Women Poets Prize.

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Botlhale Boikanyo

Although there are no poets in tonight's finale of the popular reality show America's Got Talent, a young poet won the South African version of the show two years ago. Botlhale Boikanyo's performance of "Africa My Pride" won over the audience and judges, receiving a standing ovation and the prize.

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Meet John Ashbery

John Ashbery says of his poetry, "You have to wait until you've heard it to have heard it, and to know what it is." Open Road Media has just published seventeen volumes of Ashbery's poetry, now available in e-book format for the first time.

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On Patience

Chloe Benjamin speaks about the passion, humility, and patience involved in publishing her debut novel, The Anatomy of Dreams (Atria Books, 2014), likening the long process to an elephant pregnancy.

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The Fifty Year Argument

"The Review is based on the idea that highly skillful, intelligent people can write about any subject." Directed by Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi, this documentary, which airs September 29 on HBO, traces the fifty-year history of the New York Review of Books.

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Resilience

"Even when we shake with fears and wonder what in the world will be next, the resilience won't let our faith be tested without bearing the glimmer of hope." Poet Januarie York performs a spoken word piece for the Healing Project video series by Kelli Camille Films.

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Scottish Ballet: Ten Poems

"What hit me first before the meaning of the poetry was the musicality, the phrasing, the rhythm of it." Inspired by a recording of Dylan Thomas poems read by actor Richard Burton, choreographer Christopher Bruce created this performance piece for the Scottish Ballet. The dancers move without music, using only Burton's voice and Thomas's words as inspiration.

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Where To?

"I've met very few cabdrivers who set out to be cabdrivers." Where To? A Hack Memoir by Dmitry Samarov includes illustrations by the author capturing his encounters with fellow cabdrivers, drunken passengers, and potholes. Samarov's book was published this month by Curbside Splendor, a Chicago-based indie press that was featured in a previous installment of Small Press Points.

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