How to Build a Fictional World (video)

Why is J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy so compelling? How about The Matrix or Harry Potter? What makes these disparate worlds come alive are clear, consistent rules for how people, societies – and even the laws of physics…

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Stephen Fry and Writing in the Age of Putin (video)

Who is the new Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, or Gogol waiting to be discovered by the English-speaking world? Russia’s Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin, hosted by Stephen Fry, seeks to answer this question. This documentary…

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Junot Diaz and Karen Russell on the Difficulties of Writing Short Stories (video)

Filmed at The New Yorker Festival in October, this video features Pulitzer-prize winning novelist Junot Diaz and Karen Russell, author of the acclaimed Swamplandia, discussing the difficulties writers experience when writing short stories. Diaz and…

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The Art of Cover Design (video)

This video from Random House gives a behind the scenes look at the book design process. It features interviews with designers Christopher Brand, Chip Kidd, Peter Mendelsund, Marysarah Quinn and Robbin Schiff.  

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Girls Who Read (video)

I’d like a girl who reads Who needs the written word & who uses the added vocabulary She gleans from novels and poetry To hold lively conversation In a range of social situations I want…

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