The Quotable Algonkian, Part 2: Summer Slump Edition

July 31, 2014 • 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…


July 28, 2014

LIVE: Julia Alvarez Receives National Medal of Arts

No Comments July 28, 2014 • 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…


July 24, 2014

The Story of Merge Records

1 Comment July 24, 2014 • 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…


July 17, 2014

What We Talk About When We Talk About Manuscripts

2 Comments July 17, 2014 • 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…


July 13, 2014

Vive la France! Celebrate Bastille Day with William Alexander

1 Comment July 13, 2014 • 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…


July 10, 2014

Share Your Moment

No Comments July 10, 2014 • 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…


July 8, 2014

Giveaway Tuesday: Of All the Gin Joints

4 Comments July 8, 2014 • 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…


July 5, 2014

20 Years of Craig

6 Comments July 5, 2014 • 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…


July 2, 2014

Inspiration and the Eighties Anthem

No Comments July 2, 2014 • 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 1, 2014

July Lucky Stars: Summer Girls

No Comments July 1, 2014 • 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…