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When The Big Man Joined The Bookshelf

June 24, 2011 • 1 Comment

I’m sure that like me you have a bookshelf or two that’s dedicated to those very special books—literary treasures that stand out because they’re signed first editions, personal favorites, rare galleys, or sentimental works that…

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Summer Reading List

70 Comments June 23, 2011 • 70 Comments

It’s no secret that we Algonkians are voracious readers. This summer, we’re excited to dive into a wide variety of books, from the eclectic (The Decameron, Emily Post’s Etiquette, Yakuza Moon) to the wildly popular…

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For the Love of Veggies: Algonquin Cooks with Donia Bijan’s Maman’s Homesick Pie

3 Comments June 22, 2011 • 3 Comments

I am an unashamed lover of vegetables. When I decided to become a vegetarian at the age of 12, I spent the first couple of years subsisting on bread, oatmeal, apples … and bread. But…

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On Writing: Alexander Chee and Tayari Jones

6 Comments June 21, 2011 • 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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Lee Smith, Master Storyteller

No Comments June 16, 2011 • No Comments

For the launch of the paperback release of Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger, author Lee Smith did a series of book events around North Carolina at our favorite local indie bookstores – Flyleaf Books…

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Booksellers Rock! Emily Crowe, Odyssey Bookshop

6 Comments June 15, 2011 • 6 Comments

Name: Emily Crowe
Bookstore: Odyssey Bookshop
Title: Assistant Manager/Buyer/Bookseller/Big Kahuna
Brief Bio: I’ve worked several venues in the book world ever since I left grad school, including as a publisher sales rep, at a library,…

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The Frozen Rabbi by Steve Stern Publication Day

31 Comments June 14, 2011 • 31 Comments

When I was five, I developed a morbid fascination with the chicken fillets in my grandmother’s freezer. I was absolutely sure that they were the remains of her late, misanthropic cat Griffer. I was denied…

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Dads Cook Twitter Party!

No Comments June 13, 2011 • No Comments

Join us this Wednesday evening, June 15th, from 9-10 pm EST for a Twitter Party #DadsCook, featuring John Donohue, the editor of the fabulous new book Man with a Pan – Culinary Adventures of Fathers…

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Man With A Pan, Live and In Person

No Comments June 8, 2011 • No Comments

I have to say I’ve never been to a reading at Housing Works that didn’t get me super excited about the book being highlighted. For example, after the New Stories from the South reading in…

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What We’re Reading: An American Childhood by Annie Dillard

1 Comment June 8, 2011 • 1 Comment

I was recently re-reading Annie Dillard’s An American Childhood, some 15 years after initially reading it, and was appropriately awe-struck page after page. Dillard is one of the most brilliant writers of our time; I…

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