A Friend of the Family – Read an Excerpt

November 17, 2009 • No Comments

There is a lot of buzz surrounding Lauren Grodstein’s new novel, A Friend of the Family, which just released last week. This story of a suburban father’s fall from grace as he struggles to save…


November 4, 2009

In My Father’s Shadow: A Daughter Remembers Orson Welles — Now Available!

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Though many books have been written about Orson Welles, exploring his success as an actor and producer and his faults as a person, none have given a more intimate reflection than In My Father’s Shadow…


October 28, 2009

Consider Yourself Warned…

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Castor bean (Ricinus communis)
One autumn morning in 1978, communist defector and BBC journalist Georgi Markov walked across London’s Waterloo Bridge and stood waiting at a bus stop.  He felt a painful jab in the…


October 27, 2009

Your Hunt for the Perfect Halloween Cocktail? Nevermore.

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Today’s post is a tribute to Edgar Allan Poe, a master writer whose eerie tales give me the Halloween willies worse than any slasher flick!
Like most great writers, Poe enjoyed a good, stiff drink.…


October 14, 2009

Short Story Pick-of-the-Month

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Today’s post is coming to you courtesy of Kathy Pories, Senior Editor at Algonquin and Senior Editor of our annual New Stories from the South series (now in its 19th year!). She gets to soak…


October 8, 2009

Educating Esme — it’s back and better than ever

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If you haven’t read Educating Esmé: Diary of a Teacher’s First Year, um, what are you waiting for? The book is spirited, funny, and endearing. But don’t just take my word for it! It’s been…