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January Poetry Roundup

January 27, 2012 • No Comments

As Carl Phillips said, “The truest poetry speaks to us not as documentation . . . but as confirmation—echo—of something essential to being human, flawed, mortal.” Because we Algonkians are voracious readers of verse as…

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What We’re Reading: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

No Comments January 25, 2012 • No Comments

When I was a kid, my dad–a doctor–worked insane hours, as doctors are wont to do. When he was home, our time together primarily consisted of his reading to me and my little sister. He…

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What We’re Reading: The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

2 Comments January 23, 2012 • 2 Comments

North Koreans have only seven options of government-approved hair cuts. They have loudspeakers in their homes that relay government propaganda 24/7 (“The Inuit people are a tribe of isolated savages that live near the North…

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Caroline Leavitt Attends Pulpwood Queens Weekend

2 Comments January 20, 2012 • 2 Comments

What would make fifty authors hightail it down to the tiny town of Jefferson, Texas for the chance to dress like clowns, 80’s prom queens, fortunetellers, circus animals and big haired divas with glittering tiaras?…

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Recently Published: Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron

25 Comments January 19, 2012 • 25 Comments

I read Naomi Benaron‘s Running the Rift over the holidays, and I think my family may have been frustrated by the way I kept sneaking off to lock myself in the basement and read in…

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On Writing: Martha Southgate and Elissa Schappell

1 Comment January 17, 2012 • 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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Sneak Peek: Broadway Baby by Alan Shapiro

40 Comments January 11, 2012 • 40 Comments

Today we have an early peek at Alan Shapiro’s forthcoming novel, Broadway Baby, landing in bookstores on January 24th. We have five autographed copies to give away to our readers. For a chance to win…

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Sneak Peek: How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm by Mei-Ling Hopgood

29 Comments January 4, 2012 • 29 Comments

We’re thrilled to give you an early look at Mei-Ling Hopgood’s upcoming book, How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm and Other Adventures in Parenting Around the World, publishing next week. This grand tour of global…

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A Toast to You: Happy Holidays from Algonquin

No Comments December 22, 2011 • No Comments

Today marks our last blog post until we return on January 3. Until then, we leave you with the recipe for the perfect holiday drink, courtesy of our editorial assistant/resident mixologist, Daniel Nowell. Wishing you…

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What the Dormouse Said: Wit and Wisdom from Childrens’ Books, Part 3

2 Comments December 20, 2011 • 2 Comments

Today we have another batch of quotes from What the Dormouse Said: Lessons for Grown-Ups from Children’s Books, which makes a great stocking stuffer for just about everyone on your list–the young, the young-at-heart, and…

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