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

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Eric Siblin

“I think now I can safely describe myself as a writer.” Author Eric Siblin discusses his first book of creative nonfiction, The Cello Suites: J. S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece, which was inspired by a personal connection to an extraordinary piece of music.

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Hans Magnus Enzensberger and Tracy K. Smith

“Even people who don’t read poems have poetry in their heads.” Filmed as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, this video features poets Hans Magnus Enzensberger and Tracy K. Smith, who discuss the nature of poetry and their creative processes.

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Donna Tartt

“If you need a character all you have to do is look up.” In this BBC Newsnight video, author Donna Tartt discusses her ability to write anywhere, finding inspiration, and the creative processes and literary influences that shaped her acclaimed novel The Goldfinch, published this year by Little, Brown.

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Hamish Hamilton Archive

In this video, Hamish Hamilton, the distinguished British publishing house founded in 1931 and now an imprint of Penguin, reveals archival footage of personal letters, memos, and scraps of paper that capture the humanity of prestigious authors such as George Orwell, J. D. Salinger, Albert Camus, and Jean Paul Sartre.

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Roll the Dice

“If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start.” In this fascinating visual interpretation of Charles Bukowski’s poem “Roll the Dice,” director Willem Martinot uses vivid, lonely images and inspiring music as the backdrop to words that extol the solitary virtues of being an original soul.

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Vowels

Created by filmmaker Temujin Doran, this unique and artful video honors the subtle power that vowels wield in our everyday language. The archival sound recording is based on the 1945 Linguaphone publication English Pronunciation: A Practical Handbook for the Foreign Learner.

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George Saunders

“There is some kind of energy that I’m manifesting as I’m writing line to line.” English professor and author George Saunders discusses the thought processes and creative forces that shape his characters and inform his stories. His latest book, Tenth of December: Stories, was published by Random House this year.

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Invictus

“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” South African leader Nelson Mandela passed away yesterday at age ninety-five. He claimed the poem “Invictus,” written by English poet William Ernest Henley and published in 1875, helped him survive twenty-seven years of incarceration on Robben Island. Watch this moving interpretation of the inspirational poem.

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Roger Bonair-Agard

“I fought every single day.” Roger Bonair-Agard’s collection of poems, Bury My Clothes, published in 2013 by Haymarket Books, earned him a spot on the longlist for this year’s National Book Award for poetry. In this video, he discusses his journey as a writer, rap as a poetic form, and what poetry can do for youth.

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Wild Geese

“Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again.” Watch this engaging interpretation of Mary Oliver’s transcendent poem “Wild Geese.” Ryland Brooks, the filmmaker, produced the video from footage he shot in 2012 while traveling in the United States and Peru.

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