Recently Published: Pocket Kings by Ted Heller

April 6, 2012 • 3 Comments

You don’t have to play, or even understand, poker in order to love Ted Heller‘s third novel, Pocket Kings.  In this dead-on satire of online obsessions, a novelist with writer’s block finds a new–and very…


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The Hunger Games: battle of the book v. the movie

3 Comments April 4, 2012 • 3 Comments

It takes a special type of person to attend a midnight premiere of anything. Being on the same sleep schedule as my fifteen-year-old cat (and possessing the same general level of excitement about life) I am not…


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Publication Day: The Coldest Night by Robert Olmstead

18 Comments April 3, 2012 • 18 Comments

Robert Olmstead is the author of the national bestseller Coal Black Horse and Far Bright Star, which won the Western Writers of America Spur Award. An amazing writer whose work has been compared to Cormac…


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Happy Half-Birthday Megan!

3 Comments March 30, 2012 • 3 Comments

Or, These Are A Few of My Favorite Things, The Lit Mag Edition!
(Plus, An Awesome Giveaway. Who Doesn’t Love a Giveaway?!)
Happy spring, all! Or better yet, happy half-birthday to me! I promise I’m…


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March Poetry Roundup

No Comments March 29, 2012 • No Comments

Lauren and Megan are back with more poetry recommendations, this time highlighting books with a connection to the Midwest. We’ve had this region on our minds for some reason. Enjoy!
Natural Selections
Joseph Campana
(recommended by Lauren…


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We’ll Miss You Michael!

11 Comments March 28, 2012 • 11 Comments

Because Michael has been such an important element in the success of all the books I’ve edited since I came to Algonquin eight years ago, the individual moments of his genius at work blur into one big…


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Booksellers Rock! Steven Salardino, Skylight Books

4 Comments March 26, 2012 • 4 Comments

Name: Steven Salardino
Bookstore: Skylight Books
Title: Manager
Brief Bio: Southern California boy, junior high school heavy metal kid turned long hair punk. Educated by Doonesbury comics, Steve Martin LPs, and Woody Allen movies. Skateboarding to the used…


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The Return to the Nest Syndrome

1 Comment March 22, 2012 • 1 Comment

Growing up is terrifying. No one told me when I was a wee young thing that once I hit 21, gone would be the days of sleeping past noon, purchasing frivolous items at the local…


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Publication Day: The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac by Kris D’Agostino

7 Comments March 20, 2012 • 7 Comments

Chances are, Calvin Moretti, the main character of Kris D’Agostino’s The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac, will remind you of someone you went to high school with. Calvin is a twenty-four-year-old film school dropout living at home again…


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The Writer-Groupie Experiment

1 Comment March 16, 2012 • 1 Comment

Algonquin Publicist Megan Fishmann, a fabulous writer in her own right, shares her thoughts on meeting famous authors. (This article originally appeared in The Hairpin–a portion of it is below.)
Growing up in Los…