Our Favorite Writers: Fiction and Poetry Today


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Our Favorite Writers: Fiction and Poetry Today

In this digital age, the writing of fiction and poetry remains an art form. The work of famous writers transcends the debates about printed books and electronic devices, local bookstores and Amazon, and plain text and multimedia storytelling. Our Favorite Writers: Fiction and Poetry Today highlights videos of some of today's most famous writers like Toni Morrison, Jonathan Franzen, and Michael Chabon.

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Armistead Maupin on Why We Read and Write

Author Armistead Maupin uses a humorous incident at a book reading to illustrate his reasoning for why people read and write.

Michael Chabon and Zadie Smith: Fact or Fiction?

Authors Michael Chabon and Zadie Smith weigh in on whether they prefer writing fiction or non-fiction. Chabon explains why he leans toward fiction, while Smith discusses her preference for sticking to the facts.

Joan Didion's Readers Seek Life Advice

Author Joan Didion describes the phenomenon of readers who approach her for advice about dealing with hardship and grieving inspired by the themes and subjects of her works. 

Robert Pinsky: Translating Charlie Parker into Poetry

Former poet laureate Robert Pinsky and his band perform "Horn," a poem set to music about hearing jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker play.

Lorrie Moore: Why Reading Is Vital

Author Lorrie Moore discusses the importance of reading today.

She argues that, while watching a good movie is better than reading a bad book, the power of the written word remains unmatched.

Tobias Wolff Reads from 'Bullet in the Brain'

Author Tobias Wolff reads an excerpt from his well known short story Bullet in the Brain.

Foer & Shteyngart: The Final and Last Death of the Novel

A panel consisting of Jonathan Safran Foer, Tea Obreht, and Gary Shteyngart contemplates the death of the novel. Foer believes the novel can't compete with technology, while Shteyngart sees fiction as the new poetry. Adam Gopnik moderates.

Toni Morrison Works to Separate Race from Slavery

Toni Morrison discusses the theme of separating race from slavery in her book, A Mercy.

During her research, Morrison discovered that "everybody was for rent or for sale" in the early US, not just African Americans.

She includes an indentured white servant, a Native American girl, and a young African American woman among the cast of enslaved characters.

Joyce Carol Oates: Writers Are Nice, But Not Sensitive

Accomplished fiction writer Joyce Carol Oates believes that stories of violence, dysfunction and tragedy are simply misunderstood expressions of the human experience.

Franzen Announces He Is Writing 'The Corrections' for HBO

Jonathan Franzen, acclaimed author of The Corrections and Freedom, discusses taking a break from novels to write The Corrections series for HBO.

Salman Rushdie on Storytelling in the Renaissance Era

Salman Rushdie discusses the role of storytelling in Renaissance Europe and in the Mughal Empire, a major premise of his new novel, explaining that since "this wasn't a world of information media" and the storyteller had no way of proving his facts, the storytelling could be very risky.

Chuck Palahniuk: Need for Chaos & Legacy of Fight Club

Award-winning author Chuck Palahniuk weighs in on the cultural legacy of his novel Fight Club. Palahniuk attributes the origin of Fight Club to his involvement with the Cacophony Society.

Billy Collins Reads from 'The Lanyard'

Former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins reads his poem, 'The Lanyard.' Unusually successful for a poet, Collins' writing is inventive, ironic and lyrical. Collins served as Poet Laureate from 2001 through 2003.

About this series


To celebrate a new literary conference, Tales from Two Cities, we've published this series: Our Favorite Writers: The Art of Fiction and Poetry. In this digital age, the writing of fiction and poetry remains an art form. The work of famous writers transcends the debates about printed books and electronic devices, local bookstores and Amazon, and plain text and multimedia storytelling.

Our Favorite Writers: Fiction and Poetry Today highlights videos of some of today's most famous writers like Toni Morrison, Jonathan Franzen, and Michael Chabon.

Featuring New York Times bestsellers, National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winning authors, this series showcases these accomplished wordsmiths.

Is there someone you think we we left off? Please let us know via email info@fora.tv. Happy viewing (and reading)!

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