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BookExpo America Team Dances to ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams

What books make you happy?

The BookExpo America (BEA) team is “Happy (To Read).” The video embedded above showcases BEA staff members dancing with books to Pharrell Williams’ Oscar-nominated song, “Happy.”

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Poetry on the TED Stage

ted logoAs we end our National Poetry Month celebration, we’ve collected three TED videos on poetry.

The list features poets who have given poetic performances on the TED stage. This trio includes Project V.O.I.C.E. founder Sarah Kay, award-winning poet Malcolm London, and author Suheir Hammad.

For more recommendations, visit the TED blog and check out a post entitled “3 thoroughly slamming spoken word performances.” Which poets do you nominate to perform at future conferences?

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‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Extended Movie Trailer

John Green’s ”The Fault in Our Stars” movie adaptation hits the big screen on June 6th. To help promote the film, 20th Century Fox has released an extended version of the movie trailer. We’ve embedded the video above for you to check out.

Here is more about the film from the YouTube page: “Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them — and us — on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’ based upon the number-one bestselling novel by John Green, explores the funny, thrilling and tragic business of being alive and in love.”

Tom Hiddleston Reads ‘Sonnet 18′ by William Shakespeare

As we prepare to bid farewell to National Poetry Month, we’ve uncovered a video featuring The Avengers actor Tom Hiddleston reading William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 18.”

Hiddleston delivered this performance for “The Love Book” app. It features a collection of poems, short stories, quotes and letters. What’s your favorite love poem?

How Does a Writer Move On After Great Success?

How do you follow-up great success or great failure?

For Elizabeth Gilbert, she needs to “go home” which means going back to writing. In a presentation delivered at the TED 2014 conference, Gilbert shares the thoughts and fears that came to her after experiencing phenomenal success with Eat, Pray, Love.

We’ve embedded the full talk in the video above. Back in 2009, Gilbert gave a TED talk called “Your Elusive Creative Genius.” It has drawn more than 8 million views. The TED team included it in a video playlist called “The Creative Spark.”

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What’s Your Favorite Font?

What’s your favorite font? It’s possible that it was created by designer Matthew Carter.

Carter invented several famous typefaces including Bell Centennial, Verdana, and Georgia. During the TED 2014 conference, he gave a talk and shared several stories from a career that spans more than three decades.

We’ve embedded the full presentation in the video above. According to the TED blog, “Carter think of himself as an industrial designer whose medium is type. When one designs a font, one deals closely with the technology that renders it, Carter explains, whether that’s a mechanical printing press or a central processing unit.” What do you think?

George Saunders on The Importance of Kindness: VIDEO

Bestselling author George Saunders has a new book out entitled, Congratulations, By The Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness.

The book is based on Saunders’ 2013 speech at Syracuse University’s graduation ceremony. In his talk, which went viral last year, Saunders talked about the importance of being kind in life. “What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness,” he said.

To promote the book, Random House teamed up with production company Above Average to create a video using audio clips from the speech. We’ve embedded the video above for you to explore.

Clint Smith Uses Spoken Word Poem ‘Memoir’ For Activism

What are your thoughts on immigration reform?

Clint Smith, a poet and a high school English teacher, decided to express his opinion in a poem. The video embedded above features Smith delivering a performance of “Memoir.”

In a Q&A with Food Politic, Smith talked about his inspiration for this piece: “‘Memoir’ wasn’t something I thought about until I had a student that said, ‘It doesn’t matter if I have a 4.0 and 2400 on my SATs. I don’t have a social security number so I can’t go to school.’ My poetry is me trying to reconcile my own life and opportunities I’ve had with opportunities my students aren’t given and how profoundly unfair that is.” What do you think? (via UpWorthy)

Darwyn Cooke Creates a New ‘Batman Beyond’ Short

Artist Darwyn Cooke has created a new short from the Batman Beyond animated series. According to The Huffington Post, it first premiered during the Warner Bros. panel at WonderCon.

The video embedded above features a fight between Bruce Wayne’s successor Terry McGinnis and what looks to be a red-eyed version of the original Caped Crusader. Longtime Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy plays the elderly Wayne and Will Friedle reprises his role as McGinnis.

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Julie Andrews Reads Her Poem ‘Missing’

In honor of National Poetry Month, we’ve dug up a video of actress Julie Andrews performing a recitation of her poem, “Missing.” Andrews has collaborated with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, on several books including Dumpy the Dumptruck, Thanks to You: Wisdom from Mother and Child, and Very Fairy Princess.

The mother-daughter writing duo both served as narrators for the audiobook version of the Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies. They won the 2011 Grammy Award in the “Best Spoken Word Album for Children” category. What’s your favorite poem?

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