Lynne Thompson

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“I consider myself essentially a storyteller who’s chosen the genre of poetry.” Lynne Thompson, author of Start With a Small Guitar (What Books Press, 2013) and Beg No Pardon (Perugia Press, 2007), speaks about family stories and how she came to poetry after a career in law with Mariano Zaro for the Poetry.LA interview series.

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André Aciman

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“I write with prose, but I write as a failed poet.” André Aciman speaks about the origins of his writing, working with editors, and teaching Proust with Dennis Glauque and Bing Yang for the Classic Talk series. Aciman’s novel Call Me By Your Name (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007) has been adapted into a feature film directed by Luca Guadagnino and starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet.

Ed Lin’s Trilogy

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Ed Lin’s hardboiled thriller trilogy, This Is a Bust (Kaya Press, 2007), Snakes Can’t Run (Minotaur Books, 2010), and One Red Bastard (Minotaur Books, 2012), is being reissued by Witness Impulse. The mystery novels take place in the 1970s, and feature Chinese American detective and Vietnam veteran Robert Chow solving crimes in New York City’s Chinatown. 

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Remembering John Ashbery

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“Poetry comes to me out of thin air or out of my unconscious mind. It’s sort of the way dreams come to us…” In this PBS NewsHour video, Jeffrey Brown revisits a conversation with John Ashbery from 2007 in which he speaks about his life as a poet and reads from his collection Notes From the Air: Selected Later Poems (Ecco, 2007). Ashbery died on September 3, 2017 at the age of ninety.

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The Zookeeper’s Wife

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Diane Ackerman’s The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story (Norton, 2007) recounts the true story of how keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of lives during the German invasion in Poland. The book has been adapted into a feature film directed by Niki Caro, and stars Jessica Chastain and Johan Heldenbergh.

William Giraldi

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“What’s usually called inspiration…where that comes from, for me, is literature. The immersion in literature.” In this video, William Giraldi, author of the new memoir, The Hero's Body (Liveright, 2016), speaks about his relationship to the classics he's read and how this informs his writing. Giraldi talks about the craft of memoir with Sven Birkerts, author of The Art of Time in Memoir: Then, Again (Graywolf, 2007), in "Pay Attention" in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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