Orlando

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Virginia Woolf's novel Orlando: A Biography (Mariner Books, 1973), adapted by Darryl Pinckney, was transformed into a music theater performance by director Cathie Boyd's Scottish production company Cryptic. Pinckney is the author of Black Deutschland (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016), a new novel exploring sexuality and identity.

Yusef Komunyakaa and Wendell Pierce

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"After conquering / frontiers, the mind comes back to rest, / stretching out over the white sand." At a 92Y event, Pulitzer Prize-winner Yusef Komunyakaa reads "Islands" from his poetry collection, The Emperor of Water Clocks (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015), and the Wire actor Wendell Pierce reads from his memoir, The Wind in the Reeds (Riverhead Books, 2015), in which he explores art's ability to redeem his native New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

The Pickle Index

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This short clip presenting the hardcover boxed edition set of Eli Horowitz's newest novel and multimedia project, The Pickle Index (Sudden Oak Books, 2015), demonstrates the ways in which artist Ian Huebert's illustrations from the two volumes match up when placed side by side. A collaboration with developer Russell Quinn, the story is also told through a paperback version, published by FSG Originals, and an interactive app.

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Louise Glück

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"Many people aren't even remotely interested in [poetry]. But it's so clear to me that, of course, it's what you want to do." Glück ruminates about her writing process in this short documentary from the Academy of American Poets. Last night she was awarded the National Book Award in poetry for her collection Faithful and Virtuous Night, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in September. 

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