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What We’re Reading: Alexandra Styron’s Reading My Father

April 15, 2011 • 1 Comment

In 2006, when I was an assistant publicist at Random House, I was assigned to publicize the reprinting of Darkness Visible, William Styron’s extraordinarily moving memoir on his depression. I knew many close friends who…

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Passover Memories, and Why My Mother’s Chicken Soup Is the Best

No Comments April 14, 2011 • No Comments

Today we have a post from the Workman Blog. Judy Bart Kancigor is the author of Cooking Jewish: 532 Great Recipes from the Rabinowitz Family. For a copy of her Workman Short, visit The Perfect…

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National Poetry Month: “The Old High Way of Love”

3 Comments April 13, 2011 • 3 Comments

In honor of National Poetry Month, every Wednesday in April I’m sharing one of my favorite poems for you to read and share with a friend, a lover, or even a foe (I promise they…

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Publication Day: Lincoln on War

No Comments April 12, 2011 • No Comments

Reenactors, rejoice! This week marks the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. Appropriately, today is the publication day for Lincoln on War, edited by the highly regarded Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer.
From masterpieces such…

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Water for Elephants Book Club: Recipes, Movie Clips, & a Deluxe Giveaway

23 Comments April 11, 2011 • 23 Comments

In exactly two weeks from today (!), Sara Gruen and Kathryn Stockett (author of the amazing debut novel The Help) will discuss Water for Elephants in front of a live audience, which will be simultaneously streamed…

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Writers Read: Creative Writing at UNC Chapel Hill

1 Comment April 7, 2011 • 1 Comment

Last Tuesday, the Algonquin staff had the wonderful opportunity to attend two of our interns’ Honors Fiction Reading held on the University of North Carolina campus. Blog Intern Susannah Long and Editorial Intern Danny Nowell…

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On Writing: Manuel Muñoz and Nina Revoyr

1 Comment April 7, 2011 • 1 Comment

 
Manuel Muñoz, author of What You See In The Dark, and Nina Revoyr, author of Wingshooters, talk California, love letters, ghosts, and being your own harshest critic.
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NR: Manuel, I’m so excited to…

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National Poetry Month: What’s Freedom For? To Know Eternity

No Comments April 6, 2011 • No Comments

April is National Poetry Month, the only time of year that most Americans take note of the fact that poetry is still being read and written by sentimental, idealistic people like yours truly. And to…

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New in Paperback from Julia Alvarez

19 Comments April 5, 2011 • 19 Comments

On the heels of Julia Alvarez’s  electrifying interview with Edwidge Danticat for the Algonquin Book Club, and just in time for National Poetry Month, we’re excited to announce the paperback publication of  Julia Alvarez’s collection…

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Algonquin Book Club event: Sara Gruen in conversation with Kathryn Stockett

42 Comments April 4, 2011 • 42 Comments

Join us April 26th, 7:00 pm EST for our next Algonquin Book Club event! Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, will interview Sara Gruen about her international bestseller, Water for Elephants. As with all Algonquin Book…

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