20 Years of Craig

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 puts our books in your hands, on your shelves and in your hearts. And he does it with a passion and wit second to none.

This is Craig with just a few of the hundreds of books he has loved working on here at Algonquin:

craig with 20 years books flip


Fay by Larry Brown

West of Here by Jonathan Evison

An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England by Brock Clarke

The Last Girls by Lee Smith

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

Gap Creek by Robert Morgan

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

Clay’s Quilt by Silas House

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Going Away Shoes by Jill McCorkle

The Sharpshooter Blues by Lewis Nordan

Big Fish by Daniel Wallace

The Cage by Audrey Schulman

Redeye by Clyde Edgerton

Candyfreak by Steve Almond

Winter Birds by Jim Grimsley

The Half-Mammals of Dixie by George Singleton

The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart

The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi Durrow

My Old Man and the Sea by David Hays and Daniel Hays


6 Comments On This Post:

July 6, 2014
8:41 pm
Lin Enger says...

Bravo and congrats, Craig! And like Robert Lamm said, It’s only the beginning.

July 7, 2014
8:40 am
bermudaonion (Kathy) says...

I see a lot of books I’ve loved in that stack!

July 7, 2014
8:50 am
Penny mcconnel says...

I have long thought that Craig is one of the best of the best. He not only knows his books and his business, but he is also darn cute as well.

Congratulations Craig on so skillfully representing all that I consider important in this world of books, publishing and book selling that I hold dear to my heart.

July 7, 2014
9:09 am
Donna Paz Kaufman says...

Craig, you are a prime example of loving what you do … congratulations on 20 years with Algonquin. Authors, booksellers, and readers have benefited from your dedication, tons of hard work, and love for really good stories.

July 17, 2014
10:38 am
Jenny says...

Craig! How fabulous! Congrats on 20 years of amazing! Has anything topped the Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving road trip tour which included a bus trip to the world’s largest man made hole in the ground in Utah?

July 18, 2014
8:46 pm
Suzanne Deal Fitzgerald says...

That is a pretty terrific stack of books there, I love a genre I call Southern Dysfunctional, and can always depend on Algonquin to bring me the best. Thank you!

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