The Big Read: A Conversation With Tobias Wolff

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“A book can change your life, and I know because I had that happen to me.” Award-winning author Tobias Wolff talks about his childhood, education, writing life, and his novel Old School (Vintage, 2003) in this short film directed by Lawrence Bridges for the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Big Read” initiative. For more from Wolff, read this profile by Joe Woodward published in the March/April 2008 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Allegra Hyde on Late Night With Seth Meyers

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“I knew I wanted to write about climate change and engage with this issue, and it felt like the near future was a way to think ahead, to kind of see where we’re heading,” says Allegra Hyde about the inspiration behind her debut novel, Eleutheria (Vintage, 2022), in this Late Night With Seth Myers interview. 

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Martita, I Remember You

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“It’s about memory, and love, and friendship,” says Sandra Cisneros in this short video introducing her first work of fiction in nearly a decade, Martita, I Remember You (Vintage, 2021), a novel about three women who travel to Paris to fulfill their dreams. The book comes in a dual-language edition with a Spanish translation by Liliana Valenzuela.

Lauren Hough With Ashley C. Ford

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Lauren Hough speaks about her debut essay collection, Leaving Isn’t the Hardest Thing (Vintage, 2021), with Ashley C. Ford, author of the memoir, Somebody’s Daughter (Flatiron Books, 2021), in this Town Hall Seattle video. Hough and Ford are featured in “The New Nonfiction 2021” in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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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Brown Album

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“In those brown albums, our family at times looks like a family and at other times not.” Porochista Khakpour reads from her new book, Brown Album: Essays on Exile and Identity (Vintage, 2020), and talks to author Tania James in this virtual Politics and Prose Bookstore event video. 

Hoppy Hour With Samantha Irby

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“Years ago, right after I moved into my last apartment in Chicago, the one I expected to die alone in to the soundtrack of an NCIS marathon, I thought I had a ghost.” In this Loft Literary Center video, one of their recent online events from their annual Wordplay festival (held entirely virtually this year through May 9) features a reading by Samantha Irby from her fourth essay collection, Wow, No Thank You (Vintage, 2020), backdropped with video footage of rabbits.

Frankissstein

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“We, too, are inventing a life form of our own—not out of body parts but out of the zeros and ones of code.” In this Vintage Books video, Jeanette Winterson talks about reimagining Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for her most recent novel, Frankissstein: A Love Story (Jonathan Cape, 2019), which was longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize.

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