Tale of Tales

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Tale of Tales is a film adaptation based on the Pentamerone, a seventeenth-century publication of fairy tales collected by Italian poet Giambattista Basile, which contains the earliest versions of stories such as Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Sleeping Beauty. Directed by Matteo Garrone, the film stars Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, and John C. Reilly.

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Olivia Laing

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At the New Craftsmen in London, Olivia Laing reads from Ernest Hemingway's short story "Now I Lay Me," and then from her second book, The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking (Picador, 2013), which chronicles the alcoholism of six writers. Laing's new book, The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone (Picador, 2016), examines loneliness and contemporary interpersonal relations.

Dana Spiotta

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"Number 1: Don't write what you know. Start with what you don't know, what you don't understand." In her craft talk at the 2012 Colgate Writers' Conference, novelist Dana Spiotta explains how she wrote Stone Arabia (Scribner, 2011) in six (not-so-easy) steps. Her new novel, Innocents and Others (Scribner, 2016), explores a friendship between two female filmmakers.

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Stanley Crouch

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"He always had very intense intellectual pursuits in his personality...today people don't really realize that truly sophisticated artists thought a lot." Novelist and poet Stanley Crouch, a recipient of the 2016 Windham-Campbell Prize for Nonfiction, talks about Charlie Parker, the subject of his most recent book, Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker (Harper, 2013), the first in a planned two-volume series.

Brian Evenson

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"The world is always a little bit slippery and strange, and what we think of as real is something that's always contingent in some way." Brian Evenson, author of the story collection A Collapse of Horses (Coffee House Press, 2016), talks about dreams, truth versus fiction, the strangeness of horses, and psychoanalysis before a reading at Skylight Books in Los Angeles.

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Belinda McKeon

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"You have to research the type of people your characters are—you're getting to know them, and you're also discovering the contours of their stories....​"​ Belinda McKeon, author of the novel Tender (Lee Boudreaux Books, 2016), talks to Frank J. Cunningham about her writing background and process at the 2015 Nantucket Book Festival.

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