Hilary Mantel on Learning to Talk

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“An unhappy childhood is a treasure for a writer,” says Hilary Mantel in this CBS Saturday Morning interview about her story collection Learning to Talk, which was first published in England in 2003 and published in the U.S. for the first time by Henry Holt this month. The stories feature young characters growing up in mid-twentieth-century England and are inspired by Mantel’s childhood.

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Drive My Car

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Drive My Car is a film adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s short story of the same name, directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi and starring Hidetoshi Nishijima and Toko Miura. The film, which won best screenplay at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and the 2022 Oscar for best international feature film, follows the relationship between a widowed theater actor-director and a young woman hired to be his chauffeur.

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After Yang

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After Yang, a film adaptation of Alexander Weinstein’s short story “Saying Goodbye to Yang” from his collection Children of the New World (Picador, 2016), follows a family conflicted with how to repair their android companion. Starring Colin Farrell and Jodie Turner-Smith, the film is directed by Kogonada and will be in theaters and available to stream on March 4.

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Stephen King’s Favorite Stories

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“I remembered something that Raymond Chandler said, ‘When you don’t know what do to next, bring on the man with the gun,’” says Stephen King in this interview on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, in which he discusses experiencing writer’s block and shares the top five favorites stories he’s written.

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2021 AKO Caine Prize Award Ceremony

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“A story is an invitation to ask questions, to seek out answers or puzzle through ideas that…need narrative to think through,” says Meron Hadero, winner of the 2021 AKO Caine Prize for African Writing, in this virtual presentation of the prize featuring the short-listed writers and introduced by Goretti Kyomuhendo, chair of judges.

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To Be Continued

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“Another lie. Though every one makes what I’m about to do all the more easier.” Watch the first episode of “To Be Continued…” written by author Sandie Jones and animated by Hailley Furkalo. This five-part series pairs authors from Reese’s Book Club with animators for a short story with twists, turns, and cliffhangers. 

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Danielle Evans

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“All writing is really an act of translation, we’re trying to ask someone to inhabit someone else’s experience for long enough to understand some portion of it.” In this 2018 interview for Oregon Humanities Center’s UO Today, Danielle Evans reads from her debut story collection, Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self (Riverhead Books, 2010), and speaks about her writing practice and teaching. Evans is featured in “The Confounding Insistence on Innocence” by Naomi Jackson in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Randall Kenan and Ron Rash

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In this virtual event for Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, North Carolina, the late Randall Kenan, author of the story collection If I Had Two Wings (Norton, 2020), and Ron Rash, author of In the Valley: Stories and a Novella Based on Serena (Doubleday, 2020), read from their books and discuss growing up in the South and their writing. Kenan’s If I Had Two Wings is longlisted for the 2020 National Book Award in fiction.

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The Weight by Anne Enright

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“When she checked her boarding pass, she was in the middle of the row. There was a man in a blue suit on the aisle, who gave her a big bleached-white smile as he stood to let her past.” In this first installment of Vintage Books’ weekly Storytime series, Booker Prize–winning author Anne Enright reads her short story “The Weight” from her home.

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