Ayelet Waldman

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Ayelet Waldman talks about her family history, working in different styles of writing, and sharing a moving moment with an elderly reader in this video for the World Affairs Council. Waldman’s first memoir, A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life (Knopf, 2017), is featured in Page One in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness

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“I thought, okay, a hundred pages, I’ll do the four seasons, twenty-five pages each section, that’s all I have to do.” Poet and novelist Jennifer Tseng, whose novel, Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness (Europa Editions, 2015), is longlisted for the 2016 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, reads a selection and talks about her writing inspiration and experience.

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Memory of the Vietnam War

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At Yale University, Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses his award-winning novel, The Sympathizer (Grove Press, 2015), and his latest book, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (Harvard University Press, 2016), which is a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award in nonfiction.

A Book of Flowers

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“I’m making an argument with my body and the ground about our bodies and the ground.” At Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Ross Gay, author of Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), discusses the implications of being a black poet who writes about flowers in a lecture entitled “A Book of Flowers.”

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Writing for a Broken World

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“I didn’t understand that I had to be ruthless. I didn’t understand that my job as a writer wasn’t to coddle my characters and create these fairy tales for them to live.” At Brown University's Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Jesmyn Ward and Edwidge Danticat discuss writing about their homes and the power of place.

Queer Futures

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“Do we always go and attend funerals and then after the funerals you go home and wait for another funeral, what? You have to document. You are forced to document.” In this video from the 2015 PEN World Voices Festival, Shireen Hassim moderates a conversation with Kehinde Bademosi, Zanele Muholi, and Binyavanga Wainaina to survey today's African gay rights landscape.

Sawako Nakayasu

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This short film created by Sawako Nakayasu features the poet and translator reading “6.3.2003” from her poetry collection Texture Notes (Letter Machine Editions, 2010). Nakayasu’s translation from the Japanese of The Collected Poems of Chika Sagawa (Canarium Books, 2015) by Chika Sagawa was awarded the 2016 Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize.

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The Girl on the Train

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The feature film adaptation of British author Paula Hawkins's best-selling thriller, The Girl on the Train (Riverhead Books, 2015), relocates the novel from London to New York and follows a woman who becomes entangled in a mystery. Directed by Tate Taylor with a screenplay by Erin Cressida Wilson, the film stars Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, and Laura Prepon.

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Rilke Shake

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“when i have a sleepless night / and nothing lights up / i order a rilke shake / and eat a toasted blake...” Brazilian author and editor Angélica Freitas reads the title poem from her debut collection, Rilke Shake (Phoneme Media, 2015), translated from the Portuguese by Hilary Kaplan. The book won the 2016 Best Translated Book Award and is longlisted for the 2016 National Translation Award.

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