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

Sherman Alexie

Award-winning author, poet, and filmmaker, Sherman Alexie discusses the ways of the Spokane Indian tribe and why he believes his books resonate with so many people.

Fri, 10/25/2013 - 03:00

Why Writing Fiction Is So Difficult

Author Jonathan Safran Foer discusses the difficulties of writing, his faith in the creative process, and what makes a book "good."

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 03:00

Swimming Into Winter

Watch “Swimming Into Winter,” a poem written and read by Freya Manfred, interpreted and filmed by Gregory Winter. Edited by Jeff Stickles and sound design and music by Tom Lecher, Ross Nelson, and Echo Boys Music.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 03:00

How to Write a Short Story

“The nobility at the center of our lives is that we face that sadness.” Award-winning fiction writer John Dufresne offers tips on writing an intriguing story and how to be surprised by your characters.

Tue, 10/22/2013 - 03:00


“I used to daydream about eating dinner without wanting to kill myself.” Poet Caroline Rothstein performs “Fat,” a deeply personal poem about her struggles with food and a debilitating eating disorder.

Mon, 10/21/2013 (All day)

Poet Lemon Andersen

In this TEDTalks video, poet Lemon Andersen performs “Please Don’t Take My Air Jordans,” written by Reg E. Gaines, and then discusses the influences and experiences that inspired his artistic journey and the musicality on his poetry.

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 03:00

Eleanor Catton Wins 2013 Man Booker Prize

New Zealand author Eleanor Catton won the prestigious Man Booker Prize this week for her novel The Luminaries, making the twenty-eight-year-old writer the youngest ever to win the prize.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 03:00

Book Trailer: Wool by Hugh Howey

P&W’s latest issue explores self-publishing, so today’s featured video clip is a book trailer for Wool, which was originally self-published in 2011 as a short story by independent writer Hugh Howey.

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 14:00

Adventures in Twitter Fiction

Andrew Fitzgerald discusses Twitter, storytelling, and new ways to experiment with fiction and creativity in an evolving digital age.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 03:00

Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Peter Englund, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, announces Alice Munro as the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature and comments on what her work has meant to him.

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 03:00