The Books of Summer

August 28, 2014 • No Comments

As we head into the unofficial end of summer with Labor Day weekend, we wondered about which books captured our authors’ attention during the dog days.
“My favorite book of the summer was James Salter’s…


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Our Fall 2014 List: The Soundtrack

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With autumn just around the corner, we’re delighted to celebrate our Fall 2014 list by sharing a few tunes with you. We’ve paired each title on the list with a different song. In most cases,…


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Giveaway Tuesday: Furious Cool

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Rediscover the comic genius that was Richard Pryor with a copy of the new paperback edition of Furious Cool…. The paperback will be released October 21, but here’s your chance to win a copy


August 14, 2014 onthehouse

A Dialogue on Dialogue

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In this high-wire act of derring-do and ersatz dialogue, senior editor Kathy Pories and executive editor Chuck Adams discuss one of the most challenging aspects of craft.

Kathy: “Nice weather we’re having. Aren’t you sick…


August 6, 2014

Fall 2014 Algonquin Reader Giveaway

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Want a sneak peek of  some of this fall’s most loo-minary fiction? Elliott Bay Bookstore is on it. Check out the reading material that they’ve been privy to. (See what we did here?) Fill out…


August 1, 2014

Lucky Stars for August: Furred and Feathered Friends

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They love us unconditionally, teach us things about emotions and love that other humans just can’t. Sometimes they poop on the living room carpet. Ruined carpets aside, we honor our furred and feathered friends with…


July 31, 2014 onthehouse

The Quotable Algonkian, Part 2: Summer Slump Edition

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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

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“…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

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“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 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…