William Goldman

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“That was one of the freakiest experiences of my life. I was earning a living as a writer.” In this 2013 video for Open Road Media, screenwriter, playwright, and novelist William Goldman speaks about publishing his first novel, his experiences in the movie business, and his fame in dental offices. The author of the novels Marathon Man (Delacorte Press, 1974) and The Princess Bride (Harcourt Brace, 1973) died at the age of eighty-seven on November 16, 2018.

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Octavia E. Butler

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In this video from Open Road Media, authors Samuel R. Delany and N. K. Jemisin and literary agent Merrilee Heifetz speak about the late Octavia E. Bulter, who in 1995 became the first science fiction writer to win a “Genius” grant from the MacArthur Foundation. “Her stories really weren’t about aliens.... they were about people,” says Jemisin.

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Meet John Ashbery

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John Ashbery says of his poetry, "You have to wait until you've heard it to have heard it, and to know what it is." Open Road Media has just published seventeen volumes of Ashbery's poetry, now available in e-book format for the first time.

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Samuel R. Delany

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“I consider Delany not only one of the most important science-fiction writers of the present generation, but a fascinating writer in general who has invented a new style,” writes Umberto Eco. Samuel R. Delany discusses his novel Dhalgren, his childhood in Harlem, and the journey that lead him to become the 2013 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master of science fiction in this clip from Open Road Media.

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Paul Monette

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"The struggle for true openness and intimacy is a lifelong struggle for all of us, gay and straight alike," wrote Paul Monette in Last Watch of the Night: Essays Too Personal and Otherwise. In 1992, three years before his death, Monette won the National Book Award in nonfiction for Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story, an autobiography detailing his early life and his struggles with his sexuality. Authors David Groff and Carol Muske-Dukes speak about Monette's literary and cultural legacy in this clip from Open Road Media.

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