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I Spy: Richard Russo Chats with Brock Clarke

1 Comment Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo talks spies, perspective, setting, and striking a balance with Brock Clarke, author of the upcoming novel The Happiest People in the World. “The parallel universe Clarke creates … is…

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The Quotable Algonkian, Part 2: Summer Slump Edition

No Comments No Comments Algonquin authors, a spectacularly talented lot, are also exceptionally generous with their hard-earned writing advice. During the dog days of summer, even the most dedicated writer’s momentum can stall, so we’ve compiled another installment of…

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Query Do’s and Don’ts

6 Comments 6 Comments Algonquin is one of a dwindling number of publishing houses that still accepts unsolicited queries, and we accept them only through regular mail. Since you’ve worked so hard already and may soon be adding a…

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Writing by Hand with Michael Parker

No Comments No Comments Writing is a physical act. And for author Michael Parker, it is an act done by hand. Pen and paper. Michael’s latest novel is All I Have in This World, which he wrote, of course,…

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On Writing: Martha Southgate and Elissa Schappell

1 Comment 1 Comment Martha Southgate and Elissa Schappell talk marine biologists, mom stereotypes, sluts, and being labeled as “Women Writers.” Martha Southgate is the author of The Taste of Salt, as well as Third Girl from the Left…

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On Writing: Brock Clarke and Kevin Wilson

1 Comment 1 Comment Brock Clarke and Kevin Wilson talk inspiration, performance art, unlikeable characters, Cormac McCarthy, short stories, and potato guns. Brock Clarke is the author of An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England and Exley.…

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On Writing: Hillary Jordan and Michael Dahlie

2 Comments 2 Comments Hillary Jordan is the author of two novels: Mudbound, which won the 2006 Bellwether Prize and a 2009 Alex Award from the American Library Association, and When She Woke, publishing October 4, 2011. Michael Dahlie…

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On Writing: Lauren Grodstein and Wendy McClure

3 Comments 3 Comments Lauren Grodstein and Wendy McClure dole out the writing wisdom as they discuss starting new projects, Little House on the Prairie, and why good authors are born rather than made. Lauren Grodstein is the author…

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On Writing: Amy Stewart and Paul Collins

1 Comment 1 Comment Amy Stewart and Paul Collins talk belles-lettres, the art of nonfiction, e-publishing, colonial mixed drinks, and cramming for your own interviews. Amy Stewart is the acclaimed author of Wicked Plants, Wicked Bugs, Flower Confidential, and…

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On Writing: Alexander Chee and Tayari Jones

6 Comments 6 Comments Alexander Chee, the author of Edinburgh, talks with Tayari Jones about her new novel Silver Sparrow.   I first met Tayari Jones at the MacDowell Colony in 2007. It was summer, and I was there…

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