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Robert Goolrick & Garth Stein: Algonquin Book Club Event, 12/8

November 9, 2011 • 4 Comments

Mark your calendars for our next Algonquin Book Club event on December 8, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. PST/10:00 p.m. EST! Garth Stein, best-selling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, will interview Robert Goolrick,…

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Julia Alvarez awarded Vermont Governor’s Award

No Comments November 8, 2011 • No Comments

Congratulations, Julia Alvarez!

We’re delighted to announce that Julia Alvarez is the recipient of the Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Over the course of twenty years, Julia has published seven widely-acclaimed books…

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Margaret Atwood, Age 17, from First Words

2 Comments November 8, 2011 • 2 Comments

First Words is a collection of early writings from twenty-two famous authors, collected and edited by Paul Mandelbaum. Today we’re featuring one of Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood’s first stabs at short fiction, in which…

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What the Dormouse Said: Wit and Wisdom from Children’s Books, Part 1

4 Comments November 3, 2011 • 4 Comments

I started eating books at a very young age. In one of my earliest memories, I’m sitting on the kitchen floor gnawing on a copy of Little Bear’s Visit. I coerced my parents into reading…

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Publication Day: A Curable Romantic by Joseph Skibell

21 Comments November 1, 2011 • 21 Comments

“I fell in love with Emma Eckstein the moment I saw her from the fourth gallery of the Carl Theater, and this was also the night I met Sigmund Freud.”
So begins Joseph Skibell’s absorbing…

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The John Jeremiah Sullivan: An Essential Autumn Cocktail

3 Comments October 28, 2011 • 3 Comments

Like most well-adjusted Americans, I can use almost anything to justify wanting a drink. It’s raining? Better have a toddy. It’s hot out? A gin and tonic! Bad days, great days, taxes or a raise—each…

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Publication Day: William Alexander’s 52 Loaves with Special Guest Baker Kelly Bowen

20 Comments October 25, 2011 • 20 Comments

William Alexander’s culinary memoir, 52 Loaves: One Man’s Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Meaning, and a Perfect Crust, is now out in paperback. This book lends new meaning to the term “from scratch.” Alexander sets out…

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On Writing: Brock Clarke and Kevin Wilson

1 Comment October 24, 2011 • 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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Booksellers: Apply for the Draybak Fellowship to WI7

No Comments October 21, 2011 • No Comments

This is cross-posted from Bookselling This Week.
For the second year, Workman Publishing is sponsoring the Joe Drabyak Frontline Fellowship to the Winter Institute. The fellowship was launched last year with a three-year sponsorship from…

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Beer and Pretzels (and Football and Books)

1 Comment October 20, 2011 • 1 Comment

Earlier this month, excited about the baseball playoffs and eager to cheer for the Philadelphia Phillies (Official Baseball Team of the Algonquin Marketing Department), I volunteered to share my favorite baseball-watching recipes with the blog.…

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