Masande Ntshanga

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South African novelist Masande Ntshanga talks about his debut novel, The Reactive (Two Dollar Radio, 2016), for an interview on the SABC News. The novel is featured in Page One in the May/June issue and Ntshanga is a featured author in "First Fiction 2016" in the July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Imbolo Mbue

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"In a public library, surrounded by all these books, I felt very much at home." Imbolo Mbue talks about her love of public libraries, reading Toni Morrison's 1977 novel, Song of Solomon, for the first time, and her experience writing her debut novel, Behold the Dreamers (Random House, 2016). Read more about Mbue in "First Fiction 2016" in the July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine and listen to her read from her debut novel on Ampersand: The Poets & Writers Podcast.

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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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