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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Scott Ellsworth

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"This is my secret weapon: this large, red-brick building is the Hatcher Graduate Library at the University of Michigan." Scott Ellsworth, author of The Secret Game: A Wartime Story of Courage, Change, and Basketball's Lost Triumph (Little, Brown, 2015), which was named the winner of the 2016 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing, gives a tour of his writing space at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Perfect Days

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Raphael Montes is featured in this book trailer for his English-language debut, Perfect Days (Penguin Press, 2016),​ a crime novel​ translated from the Portuguese by Alison Entrekin​. ​Montes was a finalist for both the Benvirá Literature Prize and the Machado de Assis Prize from the Brazilian Academy of Letters for his first novel, Suicidas (Saraiva/Benvirá, 2012).

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C. Dale Young

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"I love. Wouldn't we all like to start / a poem with 'I love...'? I would." C. Dale Young reads his poems "The Bridge" and "Torn" from his book Torn (Four Way Books, 2011) at the 2014 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Young's fourth collection of poems, The Halo (Four Way Books, 2016), is featured in Page One in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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A. Igoni Barrett

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"A lightning flash split the gloom and a rumble of cascading boulders burst from the sky." At an event at the Library of Congress, A. Igoni Barrett reads from "The Shape of a Full Circle," a short story from his collection Love Is Power, Or Something Like That (Graywolf Press, 2013). His debut novel, Blackass (Graywolf Press, 2016), is featured in Page One in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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