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

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Cave Canem: Poets on Craft

Sandra Lim reads selections from her poetry collection The Wilderness (Norton, 2014) and Frank X Walker reads from his poetry collection Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers (University of Georgia Press, 2013). The Poets on Craft reading series is sponsored by Cave Canem and the MFA Creative Writing Program at the New School.

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Jennifer Clement

"I don't even really like to call it research.... It's a process of listening." Former PEN Mexico president Jennifer Clement discusses the writing process behind her novel Prayers for the Stolen (Hogarth, 2015) with City of Asylum Pittsburgh.

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Kim Gordon and Carrie Brownstein

In a talk at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, Kim Gordon of the band Sonic Youth discusses her memoir Girl in a Band (Dey Street Books, 2015) with Carrie Brownstein of the band Sleater-Kinney. Brownstein's memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, is forthcoming in October from Penguin.

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Paula Hawkins

"I like the fact that in Rachel's case, she's not just unreliable to the reader and to other characters, but even to herself. She can't trust herself." Author Paula Hawkins speaks about the main character of her debut novel, The Girl on the Train (Riverhead Books, 2015), with Becky Anderson, owner of Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville, Illinois.

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Ninety-Nine Names for Small Dogs

This short film from the Poetry School in England features Tom Jenks's poem "Ninety-Nine Names for Small Dogs." The poem is from Jenks's poetry collection A Priori (If P Then Q, 2008).

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Seamus Heaney

"Late August, given heavy rain and sun / For a full week, the blackberries would ripen." The late Irish poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney reads his poem "Blackberry-Picking."

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Jamie Brickhouse

"Reading other people's stories has always helped me with my own story.... I can pull the feelings and emotions away." Author Jamie Brickhouse discusses his memoir, Dangerous When Wet, forthcoming in April from St. Martin's Press.

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Tribute to Terry Pratchett

"I never set out to write literature... but certainly I've had a lot of fun over the past twenty-five years." Sir Terry Pratchett, who passed away yesterday at the age of sixty-six, is honored in this video montage compiled by the Telegraph. Best known for his Discworld series of novels, Pratchett was knighted for his services to literature in 2009, and received the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2010.

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Chris Abani

Nigerian author Chris Abani gives a TED Talk on the concept of ubuntu, sharing stories of remarkable people, and concludes with Lucille Clifton's poem "Libation." Abani has taught at the VONA/Voices workshop, which was featured in "The Moment of Truth: Eleven Authors Share Stories of Life-Changing Retreats" in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Useful

"If you're a storyteller and you tell the story as honestly as you can, and then if it's funny along the way or moving along the way, great." Author Debra Oswald introduces her debut novel, Useful, published by Penguin Books Australia last January.

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