Writers' Reel


Writers’ Reel: Remembering Charles Bowden

On Saturday, August 30, 2014, nonfiction author, journalist, and essayist Charles Bowden passed away at the age of 69.

Writers’ Reel: Ramona Ausubel On Getting to the Truth

Author Ramona Ausubel describes how she began writing her novel No One Is Here Except All of Us. What started off as a way of documenting her family’s history turned into an award-winning work of fiction.

Writers' Reel: Charles Yu's Take on Breaking Through

Writers’ Reel: Junot Diaz and Karen Russell On Writing Short Stories

Watch authors Junot Diaz and Karen Russell as they share the stage at the 2013 New Yorker Festival and offer insights into their creative process. The two speak candidly on the difficulties of writing short stories as opposed to novels and how reading became their portal to another world in their youth.

Writers’ Reel: Anthony Doerr On Using Journals

In this audio clip for Aspen Public Radio’s First Draft, author Anthony Doerr (All The Light We Cannot SeeThe Shell CollectorFour Seasons in Rome) talks about his use of personal journals to further his craft.

Writers' Reel: Happy Birthday Franz Kafka!

This Thursday marks Franz Kafka’s 131st birthday! Born in Prague, Kafka is one of the most studied author of the 20th century. Commemorate the writer’s birthday by watching this animated, award-winning short film created by Piotr Dumala. The film is based on Kafka’s diaries.

Writers’ Reel: James Baldwin on How Reading Saved His Life

The author of Go Tell It On the MountainThe Fire Next TimeSonny’s Blues, and many other prolific works is interviewed in this California Newsreel documentary. James Baldwin talks openly about his strict upbringing by his father and how the library helped him connect to the world.