Kazuo Ishiguro on Fiction

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In this Knopf video, Kazuo Ishiguro, who was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature, speaks about what he calls “double-cross metaphors” and how “tilting the reality of the world just a little bit” in his stories provides inspiration. For more Ishiguro, read “Never Let Me Go: A Profile of Kazuo Ishiguro” by John Freeman from the May/June 2005 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Valeria Luiselli With Maria Hinojosa at 92Y

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In this 2018 92nd Street Y event, Valeria Luiselli reads from her book Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions (Coffee House Press, 2017) and speaks with Maria Hinojosa, executive producer and founding anchor of Latino USA on NPR, about what she witnessed as a volunteer court translator for undocumented Latin American children facing deportation.

Writers Speak: Min Jin Lee With Claire Messud

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“I should share with you that I did not intend to be a fiction writer, I did not intend to write a historical novel…I did intend to always, however, tell the truth,” says Min Jin Lee about writing her novel Pachinko (Grand Central Publishing, 2017), which has been adapted into a television series, in this 2018 reading and conversation with Claire Messud at Harvard University.

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Evie Shockley Reads at the Hammer Museum

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“dear existential fallacy, // i need you to be concrete. / you need me to liquidate / my account.” In this 2017 event at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Evie Shockley reads from her collections the new black (Wesleyan University Press, 2012) and semiautomatic (Wesleyan University Press, 2017), a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize.

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Anne Lamott’s Twelve Truths

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“If you don’t know where to start, remember that every single thing that happened to you is yours and you get to tell it.” In this TED Talk, Anne Lamott, author of Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (Anchor Books, 1995), shares twelve truths she’s learned from life and her writing.

Camille T. Dungy

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“What you can do is tell your best story, at that moment.” Camille T. Dungy, whose first essay collection, Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys Into Race, Motherhood, and History (Norton, 2017), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, offers writers advice on how to overcome roadblocks in this Austin Community College video.

Vocarium Reading Series: Fanny Howe and John Keene

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In this 2017 event, poet and novelist Fanny Howe reads from her rewritten novel, The Wages (Pressed Wafer Press, 2018), and poet and fiction writer John Keene reads from his story collection, Counternarratives (New Directions, 2015), for the Woodberry Poetry Room’s Vocarium reading series at Harvard University.

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Richard Ford on Memoir Writing

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“Here is another reason to write a memoir: to utter what must not be erased.” In this 2017 PBS NewsHour video, Richard Ford speaks about his reasons for writing, Between Them: Remembering My Parents (Ecco, 2017), a memoir about his parents. “I wrote about my parents because, decades after their deaths and when I was no longer young, I realized that I plainly missed them.”

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