Introducing the Algonquin Book Club! Live events & live webcasts with notable writers

March 3, 2011 • 26 Comments

Welcome to the Algonquin Book Club! Each year we’ll be featuring four Algonquin Book Club selections at literary events held around the country and simultaneously webcast on our site. For each event, an Algonquin author…


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Why I Love Books February Roundup

2 Comments March 1, 2011 • 2 Comments

I always get anxious when writing the word “February.” There are just so many ways it can go wrong. It’s like “Wednesday.” Very confusing. And does anyone really pronounce that first “r”? We should just…


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Autographed copies of Water for Elephants–plus a visit with Tai the elephant!

34 Comments February 28, 2011 • 34 Comments

Sara Gruen has kindly signed multiple copies of the Water for Elephants movie tie-in edition, which officially publishes tomorrow, March 1! We’re giving away TWO copies this week–just leave a comment here or on our…


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Two poems from Algonquin’s Sarah Rose Nordgren

6 Comments February 24, 2011 • 6 Comments

Here at Algonquin, it’s no secret that most, if not all, of our staff members lead double lives outside of the office. Our team includes writers, marathon runners, bakers, painters, and bass players.
To showcase…


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Joseph Skibell nominated for the $100K Sami Rohr Prize

12 Comments February 22, 2011 • 12 Comments

When I first read Joseph Skibell’s A Curable Romantic last fall, I knew Algonquin had a winner on its hands. On vacation with my in-laws-to-be, I continuously snuck away to read Joseph’s novel, which ensnared…


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Heather Lende’s “Life Lessons: Caring for an Elderly Dog”

6 Comments February 21, 2011 • 6 Comments

Heather Lende shares some of the challenges and joys of living with a long cherished pet.
My mother’s last words were “Take good care of the garden and the dogs,” and so, of course, I…


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Sign up for an online chat with Jonathan Evison, author of West of Here

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Hey y’all, good news! The awesome folks at The Nervous Breakdown–one of our favorite online lit sites–have opened up their February Book Club chat (taking place at end of this month) with West of Here author…


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On Writing: Heidi Durrow and Jamie Ford

2 Comments February 16, 2011 • 2 Comments

Today on the blog, Heidi Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell From The Sky, and Jamie Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, talk writing methods, Twitter madness, and the…


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Publication Day: West of Here by Jonathan Evison

30 Comments February 14, 2011 • 30 Comments

Happy February 15th, the Publication Day for one of the most buzzed-about books of 2011: JONATHAN EVISON‘s new book, WEST OF HERE!
ABOUT THE BOOK: An exciting, innovative, and daring novel about history…


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Congratulations Arcade Fire and Merge Records!

49 Comments February 14, 2011 • 49 Comments

Congratulations to Arcade Fire, who brought home the Album of the Year award for “The Suburbs” at last night’s  Grammy Awards. They beat out favorites Eminem and Lady Antebellum to win the biggest prize in…