Publication Day: Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger by Lee Smith

May 31, 2011 • 1 Comment

I made the mistake of picking up Lee Smith’s latest collection of short stories, Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger, the week before a huge test in my Prehistoric Life class.   I should have known…


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Memorial Day Cocktail!

No Comments May 27, 2011 • No Comments

Ahh, Memorial Day.  That most American of holidays when we honor our fallen soldiers by eating our weight in hot dogs and sipping cold cocktails on the porch.  Pools are open, schools are (almost) out,…


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What We’re Reading: In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin

3 Comments May 26, 2011 • 3 Comments

I confess: I picked up this book because I liked the title.  It reminded me of a museum and I love museums.  I’m a sucker for other people’s obsessions.  I like it when you can…


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Seven Reasons for a New Nature Movement, from Richard Louv

No Comments May 25, 2011 • No Comments

Richard Louv, bestselling author of Last Child in the Woods, writes about re-imagining the future of our planet in this essay adapted from his new book, The Nature Principle. Read Richard Louv’s “Seven Reasons for…


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Publication Day: Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

69 Comments May 24, 2011 • 69 Comments

With the opening line of “My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist,” Tayari Jones unveils a breathtaking story about a man’s deception, a family’s complicity, and two teenage girls caught in the middle.


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Watch This! David Anthony’s Book Trailer

No Comments May 23, 2011 • No Comments

We can’t stop watching the book trailer for David Anthony’s debut novel Something for Nothing, which will be published in a few short weeks.  And we’re not the only ones who are excited about this…


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BEA 2011 @ BOOTH #4252

3 Comments May 19, 2011 • 3 Comments

Will you be at Book Expo America this year? The Algonquin booth (#4252) will be rocking all week with author appearances and signings, must-grab galley giveaways, and more. Please join us for the following–all events…


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Booksellers Rock! Debra Linn, Books & Books

7 Comments May 18, 2011 • 7 Comments

Debra Linn is a Miami Beach native and former newspaper sports editor (17 years and lived to tell!) who found her way to Books & Books five years and four new stores ago.  A part-time…


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Publication Day: Man with a Pan

18 Comments May 17, 2011 • 18 Comments

I’ll be honest here—one of my secret vices is foodie literature. I’ve devoured them all: Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, Ruth Reichel’s Tender at The Bone, Bill Buford’s Heat, Amanda Hesser’s Cooking for Mr. Latte. There’s…


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Editor and Author: Chuck Adams and Jonathan Evison

6 Comments May 16, 2011 • 6 Comments

Before embarking on any author/editor relationship, I—as the editor—like to get to know the other person at least a little bit. That way I can avoid the true crazies and focus on the merely wildly…