Win This: Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

January 27, 2011 • 2 Comments A Silver Sparrow Giveaway! . Just leave a comment on Tayari’s blog post for a chance to win! Do you want a copy of my new novel? . If you do, you’re in luck. My…


January 20, 2011

What We’re Reading: Just Kids by Patti Smith

1 Comment January 20, 2011 • 1 Comment “Where does it all lead? What will become of us? These were our young questions, and young answers were revealed. It leads to each other. We become ourselves.”—Patti Smith Patti Smith’s Just Kids is a…


January 19, 2011

On Writing: Caroline Leavitt and Jennifer Gilmore

1 Comment January 19, 2011 • 1 Comment The lovely and amazing writers Caroline Leavitt (author of Pictures of You) and Jennifer Gilmore (author of Something Red) will read and discuss their latest novels in NYC at McNally Jackson on Tuesday, January 25,…


January 14, 2011

Algonquin Test Kitchen: Red Velvet Cupcakes

No Comments January 14, 2011 • No Comments It’s time for another exciting round of what is soon to be America’s favorite gameshow…Name That Substance! Substance #1 .. If you guessed leftover props from a Carrie remake or something I would have gladly…


January 13, 2011

Booksellers Rock! Sheryl Cotleur, Book Passage

No Comments January 13, 2011 • No Comments Sheryl Cotleur has spent 25 years in bookselling, working up through the ranks doing just about everything. She's spent the last 5 years as Head Buyer for both Book Passage stores (Corte Madera & San…


January 12, 2011

What We’re Reading: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

1 Comment January 12, 2011 • 1 Comment Over the fall, while helping to search for quotes to accompany the spreads in Algonquin’s annual Out on the Porch calendar, I stumbled upon a passage from Breakfast at Tiffany’s that I couldn’t get out…


January 6, 2011

Censor Huck Finn? Opinion Piece by Tayari Jones

3 Comments January 6, 2011 • 3 Comments As you’ve no doubt heard by now, the NewSouth is publishing an updated version of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn that omits racially sensitive words. We consider this completely backwards and can’t help but imagine…


December 30, 2010

Nailing the New Year’s Resolution by Caroline Leavitt

1 Comment December 30, 2010 • 1 Comment First let me say that a New Year’s resolution was my absolute last resort.  For years I’d been trying to stop biting my nails, a habit that seemed encoded in my DNA since childhood. I…


December 29, 2010

Jewish Christmas Eve Lasagna by Lauren Grodstein

1 Comment December 29, 2010 • 1 Comment Because nobody thought to tell me otherwise, I believed in Santa Claus until I was eleven. This is not because I was a particularly gullible child, I don’t think – it’s just that nobody ever…


December 28, 2010

Another Late Christmas by Joseph Skibell

No Comments December 28, 2010 • No Comments Last week in group therapy, people were complaining about the upcoming holidays. It was the seventh day of Hanukkah – that night, we’d be lighting the menorah for the last night – so I wasn’t…