Jeffrey Eugenides
Jeffrey Eugenides On His Influences


Jeffrey Eugenides is an American writer who has released three novels: The Virgin Suicides, Middlesex and The Marriage Plot. Eugenides won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for Middlesex, and The Virgin Suicides was made into a film. In this video, Eugenides speaks about what influences him, including his hometown of … Continue reading

Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison On Her Motivation For Writing


Toni Morrison is an American novelist and professor best known for her novels The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon and Beloved. In 1993, Morrison received the Nobel Prize for Literature. In this video, Morrison discusses how her life and experiences led her to write The Bluest Eye and what she … Continue reading

Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie Discusses The Fatwa Issued Against Him

Salman Rushdie Discusses The Fatwa Issued Against Him

Salman Rushdie is a British Indian novelist whose works include Midnight’s Children, Shalimar the Clown and Haroun and the Sea of Stories. In 1988, Rushdie released his fourth novel, The Satanic Verses. The Satanic Verses was considered controversial and sparked protests from Muslims in several countries. On February 14, 1989, … Continue reading

Judy Blume
Judy Blume On Her Childhood

Judy Blume On Her Childhood

Judy Blume is a writer whose novels are geared towards children and young adults. Her most famous works include “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret”, “Forever”, “Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing” and “Superfudge”. Blume’s books have sold more than 80 million copies and have been translated into 32 … Continue reading

Jane Austen
[Text] Jane Austen On The Release Of Pride And Prejudice


“…I must confess that I think her as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print, & how I shall be able to tolerate those who do not like her at least, I do not know.—There are a few Typical errors—& a “said he” or a “said she” would sometimes … Continue reading

Kazuo Ishiguro
Kazuo Ishiguro On His Writing Process


Kazuo Ishiguro is a Japanese-born British novelist and Man Booker Prize winner. In this video, Ishiguro discusses his writing process. Of being a writer, he says: “What happens when you write a novel is that you discover what things you were only superficially interested in, and what things you are … Continue reading

Kurt Vonnegut
[Text] Vonnegut’s Letter to Students: ‘Practice Any Art…Make Your Soul Grow’


“You will find that you have already been gloriously rewarded for your poem. You have experienced becoming, learned a lot more about what’s inside you, and you have made your soul grow…” When English teacher Ms. Lockwood assigned her students at Xavier High School to correspond with a well-known author … Continue reading