Publication Day: When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

October 4, 2011 • 42 Comments

“When she woke, she was red. Not flushed, not sunburned, but the solid, declarative red of a stop sign.
She saw her hands first. She held them in front of her eyes, squinting up at…


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What We’re Reading: Spousonomics by Paula Szhuchman and Jenny Anderson

1 Comment October 3, 2011 • 1 Comment

Happy October! It’s fall, which means shorter daylight hours (boo!) and longer hours of reading at home on the couch (yay!). As some of you may already know from my earlier posts, I’m on a…


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Happy Birthday, Megan!

6 Comments September 30, 2011 • 6 Comments

Being the narcissist that I am, most people know I enjoy nothing more than talking about myself. I like to discuss my weird violent bug dreams, the $9.00 organic boxed wine sold at Whole Foods…


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Holla for Challah! Rosh Hashanah Recipe

2 Comments September 29, 2011 • 2 Comments

Baking has always been a family activity. Now that we’re grown and live all over the country, recipes are shared across e-mail, dinner ideas through text message. I have my mother’s chocolate chip cookie recipe…


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Giveaway: Naomi Benaron’s Running the Rift

46 Comments September 28, 2011 • 46 Comments

Naomi Benaron’s riveting debut novel, Running the Rift (pub. date: January 17, 2012), chronicles the story of a gifted Rwandan boy, Jean Patrick Nkuba, from the day he knows that running will be his life…


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On Writing: Hillary Jordan and Michael Dahlie

2 Comments September 26, 2011 • 2 Comments

Hillary Jordan is the author of two novels: Mudbound, which won the 2006 Bellwether Prize and a 2009 Alex Award from the American Library Association, and When She Woke, publishing October 4, 2011.
Michael Dahlie…


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Goodbye, Sarah Rose

7 Comments September 23, 2011 • 7 Comments

This isn’t goodbye, this is only farewell
I’m having a hard time writing this. In a few short days, Sarah Rose Nordgren–Algonquin’s beloved publicity assistant and one of my closest friends–will be leaving us to…


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Booksellers Rock! Josh Christie, Sherman’s Books and Stationery

2 Comments September 21, 2011 • 2 Comments

Name: Josh Christie
Bookstore: Sherman’s Books and Stationery, Freeport
Title: Bookseller
Brief Bio: Josh Christie started his career in bookselling in 2004, working as a frontline bookseller at Sherman’s Books and Stationery in Camden, Maine.…


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What We’re Reading: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

3 Comments September 19, 2011 • 3 Comments

Unlike some of my illustrious colleagues, I’m not a super-fast reading machine. I tend to move between reading poetry, novels, nonfiction, and spiritual writings, and I take my reading choices very seriously in part because…


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KIPP Schools in the New York Times

No Comments September 19, 2011 • No Comments

The New York Times Magazine just featured a fantastic article on KIPP Charter Schools. (Read the full article here.) We recently published Jay Mathew’s book Work Hard, Be Nice on the KIPP founders, Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin–two twenty-somethings…