Roxane Gay

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"You can't be an activist or a writer or a public figure all day long, and I just have to be myself." Roxane Gay, author of the best-selling essay collection, Bad Feminist (Harper Perennial, 2014), talks about Twitter, adapting her novel, An Untamed State (Grove/Atlantic, 2014), to film, and the unexpected pressures of literary fame at the 2016 AWP conference and book fair in Los Angeles.

The Neutralized Sore of the Unshackled Bear

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Will Alexander reads the poem "The Neutralized Sore of the Unshackled Bear" from his first book, Vertical Rainbow Climber (Jazz Press, 1987), at a 2012 event at Beyond Baroque in Venice, California. Alexander is the 2016 recipient of the Jackson Poetry Prize, an annual Poets & Writers award currently in its tenth year.

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Will Alexander

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"[Los Angeles is] part of an international community. The city has allowed tremendous growth for me, in terms of its cultural outlets, from libraries, great cinema, dance, orchestra, interesting mixes of people.... I see myself as a global citizen and a global writer." Will Alexander, winner of the 2016 Jackson Poetry Prize awarded annually by Poets & Writers, talks about the influence the city of Los Angeles has had on his relationship with language and writing.

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Me Before You

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This movie trailer features Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke in the starring roles of the film adaptation of Jojo Moyes's novel Me Before You (Pamela Dorman Books, 2012). Directed by Thea Sharrock, the story follows the relationship that develops between a wealthy, recently paralyzed man and a young working-class woman who is hired to act as his caretaker.

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Yaghoub Yadali

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In this video, Iranian writer Yaghoub Yadali takes a quick tour of a Sriricha hot sauce factory in Irwindale, California, between stops on his reading tour for Rituals of Restlessness (Phoneme Media, 2016), translated by Sara Khalili from the Farsi. It is the debut book in Phoneme Media's City of Asylum series, in partnership with the Pittsburgh nonprofit City of Asylum, which provides sanctuary for exiled writers.

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The Removals

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"The idea of The Removals being both a physical and a spiritual or psychological removal really haunted me and intrigued me." Writer and director Nicholas Rombes speaks about an old manuscript by a Puritan woman from the 1680s, which inspired his new film, The Removals, the second feature film produced by Two Dollar Radio. Rombes is the author of the novel, The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing (Two Dollar Radio, 2014).

Curtis Sittenfeld

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Curtis Sittenfeld speaks with PBS NewHour's Jeffrey Brown about her latest novel, Eligible (Random House, 2016), a retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice set in twenty-first-century Cincinnati. Sittenfeld is a participant of the Austen Project, in which six contemporary authors have been asked to reimagine Austen's six complete works.

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