The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes

March 30, 2010 • 1 Comment We are excited to celebrate the publication of Randi Davenport’s memoir The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes, on sale now! Despite her son Chase’s diagnosis of autism, he attended school, loved to go boogie boarding, had…


March 25, 2010

A Story from Lee Smith

No Comments March 25, 2010 • No Comments Today we have an excerpt from Lee Smith‘s collection of short stories, Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stanger. Smith is the author of fifteen previous books of fiction—three collections of short stories and a dozen…


February 11, 2010

“It takes a village to make a tango dancer.”

No Comments February 11, 2010 • No Comments Today we have the first chapter of Maria Finn‘s new memoir, Hold Me Tight and Tango Me Home. This selection is about Finn’s first tango lesson after her split from her cheating husband. She’s learning…


February 2, 2010

NPR is Reading Heidi Durrow’s Debut Novel

1 Comment February 2, 2010 • 1 Comment Heidi Durrow‘s The Girl Who Fell From The Sky is featured this week on NPR’s What We’re Reading. See, there’s this librarian. And a bird-watching boy. And a strange man with a harmonica and a…


January 5, 2010

New in Paperback!

No Comments January 5, 2010 • No Comments With almost the entire nation deep in this wintertime cold snap, today is the perfect on-sale date for the paperback edition of The New York Times bestseller A Reliable Wife, set in the bitter-cold winter…


December 29, 2009

Cheers to the New Year!

No Comments December 29, 2009 • No Comments With New Year’s Eve right around the corner, we wanted to share a cocktail recipe from Hemingway & Bailey’s Bartending Guide to Great American Writers. Following a celebratory evening and one too many glasses of…


December 23, 2009

An Excerpt from Seasoned in the South

No Comments December 23, 2009 • No Comments My mother’s mother followed the German tradition of not decorating until Christmas Eve. My other grandmother, my parents, and everyone else in town were finished weeks in advance, but Annie would never budge. The tree…


December 15, 2009

Happy Hannukkah, Chanukah, and Hanukah!

No Comments December 15, 2009 • No Comments In honor of the fifth day of Chanukah today, it seemed appropriate to share an essay from How to Spell Chanukah . . . and Other Holiday Dilemmas. Edited by Emily Franklin, the book features…


December 7, 2009

Short Story Pick-of-the-Month

3 Comments December 7, 2009 • 3 Comments Flash fiction is a difficult form to pull off, and many times stories in that form can feel more like scenes rather than turning points or moments of recognition. And speaking of difficult forms, stories…


November 25, 2009

Read an Excerpt from The Ghost at the Table

No Comments November 25, 2009 • No Comments With the holiday season upon us, it’s the perfect time to pick up Suzanne Berne‘s novel, The Ghost at the Table, set at a family Thanksgiving in New England. In the Washington Post, Ron Charles…