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

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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Publication Day: Lions of the West by Robert Morgan

No Comments October 18, 2011 • No Comments

Robert Morgan’s engrossing saga of the Westward Expansion, Lions of the West, is now available at your local bookstore. (Excerpt below.) Grab a copy today, pour yourself a mug of tea, and watch American history…

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Celebrating the Playoffs: Cardboard Gods Giveaway

25 Comments October 17, 2011 • 25 Comments

Here at Algonquin, we like to celebrate the playoffs in true American style: by kicking up our feet, turning on the tube, and belting “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” while eating bacon-wrapped hot dogs and…

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Wicked Bugs: Amy Stewart in the BBC Gardening Blog

No Comments October 14, 2011 • No Comments

I generally don’t consider a bug that eats a plant to be wicked. Plants are, after all, the food supply for many insects; I’m hardly going to blame them for eating their dinner. No, a…

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