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

A Cancerous Growth

“I'm a cancer. But there is no chemotherapy for my astronomy, yet I still radiate like the sun.” Pages Matam recites his poem, “A Cancerous Growth," for the 2013 Write Bloody Contest.

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 17:10

The Book Thief

Based on the 2005 novel by Australian author Markus Zusak, The Book Thief, which is narrated by Death itself, this movie trailer leaves much interpretation as to what role, if any, Death will play in the film.

Tue, 08/27/2013 - 17:25

Rubik's Cube

Poet Benjamin Barker performs his poem, “Rubik’s Cube,” at the 2013 National Poetry Slam in Salt Lake City, Utah.  

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 18:00

Salvage the Bones

In the Sept/Oct issue of Poets & Writers Magazine Jesmyn Ward discusses her new memoir, Men We Reaped. This video clip shows the author reading from Salvage the Bones, a novel for which she won the 2011 National Book Award.

Fri, 08/23/2013 (All day)

M&D 2013 Sabotage

Would you mess with librarians nicknamed “Story Time,” “The Techie,” “Late Fee,” "Dewey," and "Book Worm" who chase book thieves to Beastie Boys' music? Yeah, neither would we. In fact, all librarians should wear sunglasses.

Tue, 08/20/2013 (All day)

Print Is Not Dead

In this video our beloved friend Print finally addresses the dramatic changes in how human beings interact with the written word. Indeed, Print has served us well throughout the centuries, and though its role in our culture has certainly been diminished, it is not dead yet.

Mon, 08/19/2013 - 18:55

Historical Fragment

“No one seemed to miss the cards she took.” This Motionpoem hauntingly depicts “Historical Fragment,” a poem by Éireann Lorsung, by expressing it through the line drawings of Brian Rea, the music of Naoh Kaplan, and the narration of Rosalie Kaplan. Directed by Pablo Delcán.

Fri, 08/16/2013 (All day)

Nirvana

Celebrate Charles Bukowski’s birthday on August 16 by watching this video of his poem, “Nirvana,” about a young man traveling between somewhere and sadness.

Thu, 08/15/2013 - 17:35

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