All Is True

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All Is True is a biopic depicting the last three years of William Shakespeare’s life, after the original Globe Theatre in London burned down during a performance of Henry VIII in 1613 and he returned to Stratford-upon-Avon. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the film stars Branagh as Shakespeare, Judi Dench as his wife Anne Hathaway, and Ian McKellen as the Earl of Southampton.

Willie Perdomo on Letter Writing

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“Letter writing is a pure act of devotion, a place where, if not storytellers, we all become human again.” In this PBS NewsHour video, Willie Perdomo, the author most recently of The Crazy Bunch (Penguin Books, 2019), talks about the value of writing letters and how they are “where we attempt to tell the truth and wait.”

Ann Beattie on Her Writing Process

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“I start with a physical feeling. I start with a visual image.” On Late Night With Seth Meyers, Ann Beattie speaks about her writing process, the differences between writing a novel and a short story, and how she came up with the title for her most recent novel, A Wonderful Stroke of Luck (Viking, 2019).

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Jeremy Tiang

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“It’s about translating the spirit of the book so you’re taking a story and bringing it across borders—not just into a different language, but a different cultural context.” Jeremy Tiang discusses the “often invisible” contributions of literary translators in this video from the 2019 London Book Fair. Tiang’s essay “The Art of Translation: Many Englishes, Many Chineses” appears in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Susan Choi

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In this interview, Susan Choi talks to Paul Peppis at the University of Oregon about her fifth novel, Trust Exercise (Henry Holt, 2019), her previous four novels, which include A Person of Interest (Viking, 2008) and My Education (Viking, 2013), writing Asian American characters, and her nonfiction work.

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The Tiger at Midnight

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The Tiger at Midnight (Katherine Tegen Books, 2019) is the first novel in a young adult fantasy trilogy by debut author Swati Teerdhala. Inspired by Hindu folklore and mythology and ancient Indian history, the story follows the epic journeys of Esha and Kunal as they navigate star-crossed romance, action-packed battles, and questions of sacrifice and loyalty.

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Kayo Chingonyi on His Favorites

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“I went through a Philip Glass phase, but I’m out of that now. Lately I write to silence, usually.” In this Vintage Books interview, Kayo Chingonyi answers questions about his literary and pop culture influences, daily routine, and books he thinks everyone should read. Chingonyi won the 2018 International Dylan Thomas Prize for his debut poetry collection, Kumukanda (Chatto & Windus, 2017).

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Simon Armitage

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“I was a very sleepy student until we started reading Ted Hughes...and I just woke up.” Simon Armitage talks to the U.K. Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport about what first drew him to poetry and why the medium has only grown more important in recent years. Armitage was named the twenty-first U.K. poet laureate.

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Karen Russell on Orange World

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“One of the nice things about conferences like this one is you meet these other human dream incubators. They’ve got their lightning rods up. They’re also receiving these dreams.” Karen Russell speaks to Rich Fahle of PBS Books at the 2019 AWP Conference & Book Fair about the writers who have inspired her, motherhood, and her third story collection, Orange World (Knopf, 2019). Orange World is featured in Page One in the May/June issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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