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• Hear the current poet laureate Donald Hall read his poems.
• Listen to the physicist Lee Smolin discussing quantum physics and the controversy over string theory.
• Watch Richard Dawkins in a video about his provocative book The God Delusion.

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Pravda is a darkly funny, compulsively readable, and hauntingly beautiful chronicle of discovery and loss, love and loyalty, and the destructive legacy of deceit. Hear Ed Docx discuss his book.

Pravda "As in his previous book, the final twist is a stunner, both totally unexpected and carefully prepared for. Longlisted for the 2007 Man Booker Prize, and with good reason: well written, vigorously plotted and perceptive about human nature." —Kirkus Reviews


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Madness: A Bipolar Life An astonishing dispatch from inside the belly of bipolar disorder, reflecting major new insights.

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The Canon Natalie Angier, The Canon
The Canon is a joyride through the major scientific disciplines: physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy. Along the way, we learn what's actually happening when our ice cream melts or our coffee gets cold, what our liver cells do when we eat a caramel, why the horse reveals evolution at work, and how we're all made of stardust. In this audio Natalie Angier discusses her new book and reads a few passages.
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How Doctors Think Jerome Groopman, How Doctors Think
Hear Dr. Groopman discuss his new book that Time magazine calls "must reading for every physician who cares for patients and every patient who wishes to get the best care."
Listen (MP3; 12 minutes, 42 seconds; 11.6 MB)

The Trouble with Physics Lee Smolin, The Trouble with Physics
The American Museum of Natural History, in cooperation with Seed magazine and Houghton Mifflin, brings you "The Trouble with Physics," a lecture by renowned theoretical physicist Lee Smolin.
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Violin Dreams Arnold Steinhardt, Violin Dreams
Violin Dreams by Arnold Steinhardt includes a bound-in CD with two recordings of the author playing Bach's Partita in D Minor: one recorded forty years ago and the other recorded recently with Steinhardt on his prized Storioni. This is a conversation between Alan Alda and Arnold Steinhardt discussing the book, the differences in the recordings, and everything in between.
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Flotsam David Wiesner, Flotsam
Flotsam is a wordless story of a young boy's discovery of a magical underwater camera. The book's gorgeous, imaginative illustrations of hidden worlds won Wiesner his third Caldecott Medal. Visit the Flotsam Web site to hear David Wiesner talk about his ideas and creative process.
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The Poetic Voice
Houghton Mifflin is pleased to announce its podcast series The Poetic Voice, which offers poetry lovers everywhere an opportunity to hear celebrated poets reading and talking about their work.

Visit The Poetic Voice homepage for a complete listing of episodes.

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Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction David Sheff, Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction

Fun Home Alison Bechdel, Fun Home
In this video you will see the process of creating Fun Home — a frame-by-frame journey that includes archival research, historic and even emotional reenactments, and a staggering number of digital photos.
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The God Delusion Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion
Features excerpts from the two-part series The Root of All Evil, with Professor Dawkins, on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom.

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One Bullet Away Nathaniel Fick, One Bullet Away
Nathaniel Fick's One Bullet Away was reviewed favorably everywhere from People magazine to Military.com. A New York Times bestseller, it was called a "must-read" by General Anthony C. Zinni. In this video, Fick discusses his experiences as a leader of a platoon first in Afghanistan and then in Iraq.

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
See and hear the author talk about his new novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
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The Namesake Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake
See and hear the Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jhumpa Lahiri reading from The Namesake and answering the most frequently asked questions. This video was designed to complement our readers' guide and further explore themes for discussion.
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The Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl Barry Lyga, The Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl
Visit www.vidlit.com/fanboy for a short video preview of Fanboy, narrated by author Barry Lyga.
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Remember Toni Morrison, Remember
Follow these links to view a video of images from Remember and hear Ms. Morrison discussing her inspiration for creating the book.
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The Lord of the Rings

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
Take a look at the story behind the J.R.R. Tolkien phenomenon, including: exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes film footage, and conversations with the blockbuster movie trilogy's cast and crew.
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The Children of Hurin

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Children of Húrin
Presented for the first time as a fully continuous and stand-alone story, the epic tale of The Children of Húrin will reunite fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with elves and men, dragons and dwarves, and the rich landscape and characters unique to Tolkien.
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Flotsam David Wiesner, Flotsam
In late 2006, Houghton Mifflin/Clarion Books participated in the first-ever Picture Book Video Awards, a program created and organized by The Book Standard/VNU Business Media. Students and graduates from top film and animation schools around the country competed to create a 60-second trailer for Flotsam, the newest picture book from acclaimed author and illustrator David Wiesner.

The winning entry was created by John Haller, a student in his third year of the graduate film program at Columbia University. Produced by Bobby Miller, with animation by Willy Hartland and a voiceover by Sasha Friedenberg, the video gives life and movement to the detailed, gorgeous illustrations that won Wiesner his third Caldecott Medal.
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