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"It’s Lit!" is a series of smart, funny video essays from PBS Digital Studios about our favorite books and why we love to read. Hosted by Lindsay Ellis, the series delves into topics like the evolution of YA, how science fiction mirrors our own anxieties, and why the book is sometimes just a bit better than the movie.

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Are Graphic Novels... Novels?

We're breaking down how the graphic novel went from the comic book store to the classroom.
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The (Stephen) King of Horror

We lead you through the dark and twisted world of Uncle Stevie, the King of Horror.
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The Fiery History of Banned Books

Let's explore how the seemingly innocuous book has survived centuries of the ban hammer.
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The It’s Lit! Musical Episode

A lot of the bread and butter of musical theater is built off of books!
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War and Peace and Everything Else

In this day and age of publishing, books like War & Peace are something of a relic.
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The Constructed Languages of JRR Tolkien

A less-discussed aspect of Tolkien is the way he used constructed language in his writing.
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The Byronic Hero: Isn’t it Byronic?

Brooding, sensual, violent, intelligent, and single-minded.
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Why We Still Love Little Women, 150 Years Later

Before women were asking “Am I Carrie or Samantha?”, they were asking “Am I Jo or Amy?"
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How Fictional Pandemics Reflect the Real Thing

Explore how fictional pandemics have evolved over time.
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Afrofuturism: From Books to Blockbusters

What is Afro-Futurism and what is its place in Black storytelling?
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The Library of Congress National Book Festival: Celebrating American Ingenuity

The Library of Congress National Book Festival

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The Library of Congress National Book Festival: Celebrating American Ingenuity

Authors Discuss American Ingenuity

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The Library of Congress National Book Festival: Celebrating American Ingenuity

Author Amy Tan of 'The Joy Luck Club'

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The Library of Congress National Book Festival: Celebrating American Ingenuity

Former First Lady, National Book Festival Founder Laura Bush

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Dava Newman: 30 Second Science

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Being with Jane Goodall

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30 Second Science: Jim Gates