Booksellers Rock! John Peck, Diesel Bookstore

August 2, 2011 • 1 Comment

Name: John Peck
Bookstore: Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland
Title: Events Coordinator
Brief Bio: I believe in good, old-fashioned pursuits: letterpress printing, good honest punk rock, magazines made out of paper, and post-ironic social media-friendly…


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Join Us! Heidi Durrow & Terry McMillan, 8/18

11 Comments August 1, 2011 • 11 Comments

Reminder: Only 18 days until our Algonquin Book Club event with Heidi Durrow and Terry McMillan! To help kick things off, we’re giving away 20 copies of Durrow’s critically acclaimed, best-selling novel The Girl Who…


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Why I Love Books: July Roundup

3 Comments July 28, 2011 • 3 Comments

If there’s one thing I love more than reading books, it’s setting goals. In July I planned to learn palm-reading, make spanikopita, perfect my cartwheel, memorize about 200 dinosaur genera, and read Finnegan’s Wake. Sadly,…


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Dream Golf: Anticipating the Movie Golf in the Kingdom

5 Comments July 27, 2011 • 5 Comments

We’re eagerly waiting the release of the forthcoming movie Golf in the Kingdom, starring Malcolm McDowell, Frances Fisher, and Julian Sands, among others. If you watch the trailer below, we think you’ll be just as excited…


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Heidi Durrow & Terry McMillan: Algonquin Book Club event, 8/18

69 Comments July 26, 2011 • 69 Comments

Our next Algonquin Book Club event with Heidi Durrow and Terry McMillan is just about three weeks away! To help kick things off, we’re giving away 20 copies of Durrow’s critically acclaimed, best-selling novel The…


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Algonquin Talks with John Searles, Today show Book Critic and Cosmo Editor-at-Large

No Comments July 25, 2011 • No Comments

How did you, the son of a truck driver, end up becoming an Editor-at-Large for Cosmo? How long have you been working there?
I always dreamed of being a writer. But when I got out…


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Traveling While Married Now Available in E-Book

7 Comments July 22, 2011 • 7 Comments

Mary-Lou Weisman’s hilarious collection of essays, Traveling While Married, is now available as an e-book! The book traverses a lifetime of travel-a-deux, from honeymoon to elderhostel. It features illustrations by New Yorker illustrator Ed Koren.…


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Drunken Botany 101

1 Comment July 20, 2011 • 1 Comment

A few months ago, the Algonquin team received a rather innocuous looking box in the mail. Because we receive dozens of boxes each day, we weren’t too excited…until we opened it up and discovered a…


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At Home With Algonquin: Three-Day Ribs from Man with a Pan

2 Comments July 19, 2011 • 2 Comments

When I volunteered to do our next “At Home with Algonquin” blog series post, I clearly had lost my mind. It’s July in the South. It’s 100 degrees outside, and if I’m lucky, by the…


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Sneak Peek: Maman’s Homesick Pie by Donia Bijan

4 Comments July 18, 2011 • 4 Comments

San Francisco chef Donia Bijan’s mouthwatering memoir, Maman’s Homesick Pie, will be landing in bookstores in October.  To pique your appetite, we have some advanced praise and an excerpt below.
In the Bijan family, food…