The Quotable Algonkian, Part 2: Summer Slump Edition

No Comments Algonquin authors, a spectacularly talented lot, are also exceptionally generous with their hard-earned writing advice. During the dog days of summer, even the most dedicated writer’s momentum can stall, so we’ve compiled another installment of…


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LIVE: Julia Alvarez Receives National Medal of Arts

No Comments No Comments “…Fiction tells a different kind of truth, the truth according to feelings rather than just the facts; that there is nothing shameful in being a complex human being; that a writer has to try to…


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The Story of Merge Records

1 Comment 1 Comment “There are also hazards associated with having a record label in your bedroom. The tape gun nearly killed me a few times.” Merge Records defies everything you’ve heard about the music business. Started by two…


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What We Talk About When We Talk About Manuscripts

2 Comments 2 Comments When writers submit their projects for possible publication, it can feel like all of that hard work has been sucked into a black hole, especially if the response is ultimately a rejection. Having your project…


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Vive la France! Celebrate Bastille Day with William Alexander

1 Comment 1 Comment For the most French of days, William Alexander, author of The $64 Tomato and the upcoming Flirting with French, shares some of France’s charms. Vive la France! It’s Bastille Day! Never mind that the site…


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Share Your Moment

No Comments No Comments We find ourselves in the throes of summer, filled with its infinite possibilities, warm nights, and life-changing adventures. Some of life’s most memorable moments happen during these months. And Gina Frangello’s novel, A Life in…


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Giveaway Tuesday: Of All the Gin Joints

4 Comments 4 Comments The golden days of Hollywood featured celebrities with larger-than-life personalities and even grander drinking habits. Mark Bailey dives deep into Tinseltown lore, revealing the legendary alcohol-fueled fights, drunken seductions and movie set sagas — brought…


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20 Years of Craig

6 Comments 6 Comments It was 20 years ago today that Craig Popelars came to Algonquin Books. Twenty exuberant, creative, hilarious, energetic, devoted, book-filled, beer-filled, prank-filled years. Craig is the mad marketing genius behind Algonquin. He’s the man who…


Inspiration and the Eighties Anthem

No Comments No Comments Imagine, if you would, a writer. Let’s put him in his car. He’s listening to the radio. (Kickin’ it old school, as it were.) Actually, he’s only half-listening, because really he’s thinking about deadlines. And…



July Lucky Stars: Summer Girls

No Comments No Comments Now that daylight lasts well into the evening, it’s as if the days are begging you to find a cool spot on the porch and catch up with your summer girls, your friends for a…