Authors Reading Their Own Writing


Kristen Twardowski

There is something remarkable about hearing authors read their own works aloud. Often they emphasize words that are unexpected, or they add extra shades of meaning to the phrases. With all of today’s modern connectivity, it is easy to hear authors read their works even if the listener can’t afford to travel to a book reading or conference.

With that in mind, I’m sharing a few of the readings that I find interesting. These are organized in no particular way and include poems, short stories, and excerpts from Nobel Prize acceptance speeches.

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Ray Bradbury reading his poem “If Only We Had Been Taller”

This reading was done at Caltech in 1971 on the night before Mariner 9 went into orbit around Mars. Other people at this event included Carl Sagan, Arthur C. Clarke, and Walter Sullivan.

Ernest Hemingway reading Hemingway and William Faulkner reading Faulkner


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4 thoughts on “Authors Reading Their Own Writing

  1. While I find reading my own poetry on Youtube can be time consuming it is, none the less an extremely rewarding experience and one which I would recommend to fellow authors and poets. The great advantage to using Youtube is that you can easily imbed videos into blog posts. Kevin

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  2. Ah, this is where my dyslexia hits a brick wall. I can read anything into my head – I just can’t read something out loud without reading it silently first even when it’s my own work 😦

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  3. I love audiobooks, however as they are so costly I have not heard many. To have the author do the audio is grand because they know the story they really wanted to tell and they know which words to emphasize or when to show a certain emotion in the words. Hugs

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