George Saunders’s Booker Prize Speech

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“This tonight is culture, it’s international culture, it’s compassionate culture, it’s activist culture—it’s a room full of believers…” In this video, George Saunders accepts the 2017 Man Booker Prize for his first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo (Bloomsbury, 2017). Saunders is the second American in a row to win the award.

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Telling Your Secrets Can Set You Free

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“I tell my students that if you want to be a writer you need to learn how to look.” In this TEDxNavesink video, Melissa Febos shares her lifetime habit of secrecy and explains how telling your secrets can set you free. Her debut essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury, 2017), is featured in Page One in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Writing for a Broken World

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“I didn’t understand that I had to be ruthless. I didn’t understand that my job as a writer wasn’t to coddle my characters and create these fairy tales for them to live.” At Brown University's Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Jesmyn Ward and Edwidge Danticat discuss writing about their homes and the power of place.

An Amorous Discourse in the Suburbs of Hell

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“I decided that she was a cross between Tina Turner and maybe Walter Benjamin or Baudelaire, perhaps a little bit of Angela Carter’s wonderful aerialist in Nights at the Circus...” Deborah Levy, whose novel Hot Milk (Bloomsbury, 2016) is shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize, reads from and talks about her inspiration and the characters in her dramatic verse book, An Amorous Discourse in the Suburbs of Hell (And Other Stories, 2014).

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Dreamland

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"In 1929, three decades into what were the great years for the blue-collar town of Portsmouth, on the Ohio River, a private swimming pool opened and they called it Dreamland." Journalist Sam Quinones discusses his book Dreamland: The True Story of America's Opiate Epidemic (Bloomsbury, 2015), which was awarded the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction.

Roz Chast

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Actor Steve Martin interviews the author and cartoonist about her start as a staff cartoonist at the New Yorker. Chast won the Kirkus Prize in nonfiction for her graphic memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? (Bloomsbury, 2014).

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The Residue Years

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Guernica publisher Lisa Lucas moderates a reading and discussion with Mitchell Jackson, author of The Residue Years (Bloomsbury, 2014), and Kiese Laymon, author of Long Division (Agate Bolden, 2013), on the issues of race and class in literature. An interview with Lucas is featured in the new issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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