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

April 6, 2011 • 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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March 11, 2011

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

2 Comments March 11, 2011 • 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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March 10, 2011

Heidi Durrow reports from the NAACP Image Awards

3 Comments March 10, 2011 • 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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March 1, 2011

Why I Love Books February Roundup

2 Comments March 1, 2011 • 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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February 28, 2011

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

34 Comments February 28, 2011 • 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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February 24, 2011

Two poems from Algonquin’s Sarah Rose Nordgren

6 Comments February 24, 2011 • 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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February 21, 2011

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

6 Comments February 21, 2011 • 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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February 11, 2011

From Amy Stewart: “Annie Proulx, Garden Writer”

1 Comment February 11, 2011 • 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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February 10, 2011

A Valentine’s Horror Story

3 Comments February 10, 2011 • 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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February 9, 2011

AWP Recap by Caroline Leavitt

2 Comments February 9, 2011 • 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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