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National Poetry Month: What’s Freedom For? To Know Eternity

No Comments April is National Poetry Month, the only time of year that most Americans take note of the fact that poetry is still being read and written by sentimental, idealistic people like yours truly. And to…

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The New Yorker librarians: Erin Overbey interviews Jon Michaud about When Tito Loved Clara

2 Comments 2 Comments Illustration credit: Lara Tomlin     Jon Michaud’s When Tito Loved Clara follows the story of Clara, a Dominican-American wife and mother, as she aspires to a middle-class suburban existence only to be drawn back…

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Heidi Durrow reports from the NAACP Image Awards

3 Comments 3 Comments Heidi Durrow and Vanessa Williams For the last few weeks my to-do list has read something like this: Pack Unpack Write thank you notes Finish essay Laundry Wash dishes Pick up dry cleaning Try to…

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Why I Love Books February Roundup

2 Comments 2 Comments I always get anxious when writing the word “February.” There are just so many ways it can go wrong. It’s like “Wednesday.” Very confusing. And does anyone really pronounce that first “r”? We should just…

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Autographed copies of Water for Elephants–plus a visit with Tai the elephant!

34 Comments 34 Comments Tai, the adorable elephant who plays Rosie Sara Gruen has kindly signed multiple copies of the Water for Elephants movie tie-in edition, which officially publishes tomorrow, March 1! We’re giving away TWO copies this week–just…

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Two poems from Algonquin’s Sarah Rose Nordgren

6 Comments 6 Comments Here at Algonquin, it’s no secret that most, if not all, of our staff members lead double lives outside of the office. Our team includes writers, marathon runners, bakers, painters, and bass players. To showcase…

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Heather Lende’s “Life Lessons: Caring for an Elderly Dog”

6 Comments 6 Comments Heather Lende shares some of the challenges and joys of living with a long cherished pet. My mother’s last words were “Take good care of the garden and the dogs,” and so, of course, I…

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From Amy Stewart: “Annie Proulx, Garden Writer”

1 Comment 1 Comment . We know ANNIE PROULX as the straight-shooting author of POSTCARDS, THE SHIPPING NEWS, and OPEN RANGE (which includes the masterpiece “Brokeback Mountain”). If you haven’t read her work, you must. She has a way…

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A Valentine’s Horror Story

3 Comments 3 Comments . When I was writing Flower Confidential, I was always looking for romantic Valentine’s Day stories on flowers that I could include in a short chapter on our most romantic holiday. But florists have a…

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AWP Recap by Caroline Leavitt

2 Comments 2 Comments Heidi Durrow (in center with black scarf), Caroline Leavitt (to Heidi's right), and other authors at AWP AWP doesn’t really stand for awesome writers party, but it sort of should. I’m in the midst of…

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