Sunday, November 13, 2016

Kidnapping, Terrorism, Books

It’s time once again to share some amazing videos from Penguin Random House (@penguinrandom) that cover a vast array of topics from kidnapping to terrorism to books and so much more.

I had planned to share an audio review with you today, but this first video just struck a chord with me and I had to share it. I guess it’s my background as a journalist that made this one so moving. Then I decided to share the rest of the videos as well.

To view each of the videos just click on the highlighted link at the end of the caption. There are also links for sharing on Twitter and Facebook.

The photo that represents my kidnapping in Libya | Author Lynsey Addario

In 2011, photojournalist Lynsey Addario (author of IT’S WHAT I DO) was kidnapped in Libya and held hostage for six days. Her colleague later took a photo of her abandoned shoe, which spoke to her more than her own photographs.

Anwar Al-Awlaki's terrorism recruitment tools | Author Scott Shane 

Journalist and author Scott Shane (OBJECTIVE TROY) describes how now-deceased American citizen Anwar Al-Awlaki used an online magazine to inspire and recruit terrorists.

Stock Video Women Show You How to Read

They may be nameless actors in generic stock footage, but there is no doubt that Stock Video Women love to read. Let them show you 11 of their favorite reading methods. Can you dig the funky jams?

Comedian Jo Firestone presents OLIVER TWIST | Last Minute Book Report

After reading the book in 10 minutes, comedian Jo Firestone gives a report on Charles Dickens's OLIVER TWIST. Please sir, we'd like some more time to study.

Author Sarah Kuhn on punctuation, genres, and inspiring books | Author Shorts

Author Sarah Kuhn (HEROINE COMPLEX) discusses her favorite punctuation mark, the em dash (—), Anne of Green Gables, and who she would pick for her dream book club.

Author David Levithan: When I knew I was a writer | Author Shorts

Author David Levithan (ANOTHER DAY) reveals the moment he knew he was going to be a writer—in 3rd grade.

Thanks for stopping by today. Has a photo ever spoke to you about a certain circumstance or event? If you’re an author, when did you know you were going to be a writer?


  1. Hi Mason - those all look so stimulating and I'd love to look or listen to them all - I'm sure photos do speak to me ... but can't for now think of one specific image.

    What a great post - with some fascinating looking links ... cheers Hilary

  2. Used her own shoelaces to tie her up. Terrifying. So is using a magazine to recruit terrorists.

  3. What an interesting variety of videos, Mason! And they look informative/powerful, too. Thanks for sharing.

  4. There is something VERY haunting about that photo. Great videos. I may have to set some time aside to watch them today.


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