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

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Epitaph in Reverse

In this clip, poet Bianca Stone combines poetry, music, and art, telling a story through the deconstruction of her own drawings. Stone is the author of Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (Tin House/Octopus Books, 2014).

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Karl Ove Knausgaard

Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard was well known for his fiction in his native country, but his six-volume, 3,600-page autobiography, My Struggle, has made him a literary sensation, with some calling his long form and brutal honesty ground-breaking. In this clip, author Jeffrey Eugenides interviews Knausgaard on what it was like to write without shame. "It felt like a rush, is it possible to say this? And if it is, that's freedom."

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Some Small Room for Surprise

"I thought we were going to get / the end of the story this afternoon. / I was mistaken." Based on the poem "Some Small Room for Surprise" by Jen Karetnick, with music by Elan Hickler, this video was filmed for the Poetry Storehouse.

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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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