Words on Terror

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I feel like I must muzzle myself, / I told my psychiatrist. / ‘So you feel dangerous?’ she said. / Yes. / ‘So you feel like a threat?’ / Yes. / Why was I so surprised to hear it?” At the Asian American Writers' Workshop, Solmaz Sharif reads from her debut poetry collection, Look (Graywolf Press, 2016), which is longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award in poetry. Sharif is joined by poets Rickey Laurentiis, Mariam Ghani, and Cathy Park Hong, who they read her work and their own, and join in a discussion.

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Jacqueline Woodson on Another Brooklyn

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“Even when I’m writing for young people, I really try to get into the emotional side of who they are...” At the 2016 National Book Festival, Jacqueline Woodson discusses her novel Another Brooklyn (HarperCollins, 2016), which is shortlisted for the 2016 National Book Award in fiction. Woodson is featured in “A Great Good” by Rigoberto González in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Memory of the Vietnam War

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At Yale University, Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses his award-winning novel, The Sympathizer (Grove Press, 2015), and his latest book, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (Harvard University Press, 2016), which is a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award in nonfiction.

Cave Canem

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“Joy is an act of resistance.” At the sixty-seventh National Book Awards ceremony, Cave Canem founders Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady accept the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community for the organization known as a home for African American poets. This is the first time the award has been given to an organization.

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Rita Dove

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Rita Dove reads her poem "American Smooth" at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival in 2010. Her new book, Collected Poems: 1974–2004 (Norton, 2016), which is longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award, is featured in Page One in the May/June issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

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"It's sort of weird, being honored for the worst day of your life." Watch the trailer for the film adaptation of Ben Fountain's novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (Ecco, 2012), a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. The film is directed by Ang Lee with a screenplay by Jean-Christophe Castelli.

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A Hologram for the King

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A Hologram for the King (McSweeney's Books, 2012) by Dave Eggers has been made into a feature film directed and adapted by Tom Tykwer and starring Tom Hanks. The story follows a struggling American businessman who travels to Saudi Arabia in a last-ditch effort to recoup his financial losses.

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Tim Seibles

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"In this country, poetry is largely ignored." Tim Seibles speaks with City of Asylum Pittsburgh about poetry in the United States, his fascination with how sexuality is expressed, and how he gets into the minds of characters. Seibles's latest collection, Fast Animal (Etruscan Press, 2012), was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award in poetry.

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