A curated selection of videos, including book trailers, brief interviews, and other literary curiosities updated daily.

Fear of Dying

Best-selling author Erica Jong's newest novel follows an aging actress in her sixties. Fear of Dying is forthcoming from St. Martin's Press in September.

Facing the Blank Page

"Filling the blank page is agony." Daniel Kehlmann, author of Measuring the World (Pantheon, 2006), shares his feellings on first drafts and the joyful satisfaction of writing in longhand.

Anne Enright

"I think the short story is fast, that it can say things that other forms can't say because it's not going to say them for long." Anne Enright, whose novel The Green Road (Norton, 2015) is longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, talks to Vincent Woods about her interest in the short story form.

Hunter S. Thompson

In this 1967 interview with Studs Terkel, Hunter S. Thompson talks about the inspiration for his first book, Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga (Random House, 1966). The video was animated by Patrick Smith for PBS Digital Studios' Blank on Blank series.

Andrew O'Hagan

"The material for a novel is very often like tinder in your mind and in your heart, waiting for a spark to be thrown onto it." Andrew O'Hagan recounts the inspiration behind his newest novel, The Illuminations (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015), which is longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize.

Steph Cha

Steph Cha speaks about the noir works that influenced her writing and her choice to feature a female protagonist. Cha's novel Dead Soon Enough, the third installment in the Juniper Song series, was published yesterday by Minotaur Books.

Laila Lalami

"There is a particular contract that gets established between reader and writer." Laila Lalami, whose novel The Moor's Account (Pantheon, 2014) is longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, discusses the intricacies and differences in writing fiction and nonfiction.

Sunjeev Sahota

"I used to read a lot in terms of just the backs of toothpaste. I spent a lot of time reading ingredients and things like that, so there was probably also a fascination wit​h words." Sunjeev Sahota talks about reading as a child and working on his second novel, The Year of the Runaways (Picador, 2015), which is longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Benjamin Moser

"The reason she's legendary is that she has this work that is extremely weird... she wrote like nobody else." Benjamin Moser, editor of The Complete Stories by Clarice Lispector, published by New Directions this month, talks with Open Letter Books publisher Chad Post about the appeal of Lispector's writing.