The Seattle Public Library launched its 2013 Summer Reading Program by triggering the world's longest book domino chain. It took seven hours and twenty-seven volunteers to line up 2,131 books. After five failed attempts, they set a new world record.
A curated selection of videos, including book trailers, brief interviews, and other literary curiosities updated daily.
The debut author, who is interviewed by Nathan Englander as part of "First Fiction 2013" in the current issue, reads from his first novel, Southern Cross the Dog, which was published in May by Ecco. Read an excerpt from the novel in our 2013 First Fiction Sampler.
The National Book Award-winning author of Let the Great World Spin recently spoke with the PBS NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown about his latest novel, TransAtlantic, which features a fictional braiding of the narratives of Frederick Douglass traveling through Ireland in 1845, the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic in 1919, and Senator George Mitchell in 1998 trying to forge a peace treaty in Northern Ireland. (Check out Brown's retake at the beginning of the clip.)
The author of the novels The Time Traveler’s Wife (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004) and Her Fearful Symmetry (Scribner, 2009) reads from her new graphic novel Raven Girl, featured in this issue's The Written Image, at the Royal Opera House in London.
The debut author, who is interviewed by Curtis Sittenfeld as part of "First Fiction 2013" in the current issue, reads from her first novel, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, which was recently published by Riverhead Books. DiSclafani also talks about teaching and her experience as writer in residence at Washington University in St. Louis.
The debut author, who is interviewed by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Paul Harding as part of "First Fiction 2013" in the current issue, talks about her first novel, We Need New Names, which was published in May by Reagan Arthur Books. Read an excerpt from the novel in our 2013 First Fiction Sampler.
The author of the new novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane and the subject of the current issue's cover interview is seen here at his first public event for the new book, at The Forum in Bath, UK, where he spoke about writing, being a child, myths, computer games, Dr. Who, and even Jesus. While the audio isn't the best, this clip gives a sense of the nearly rock-star status the author has attained.
Shane Salerno's Salinger offers an unprecedented look inside the private world of J. D. Salinger, featuring interviews with more than a hundred subjects, including the reclusive author's friends, colleagues, and members of his inner circle, as well as film footage, photographs and other material that has never been seen. It opens in theaters on September 6.
The contributing editor of Harper's and the southern editor of the Paris Review reads from "The Final Comeback of Axl Rose," an essay from his collection Pulphead, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2011.
Avery Corman, Michael Chabon, Patricia Bosworth, and others reflect on what fatherhood means to them in this video from Open Road Media.