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On Writing: Jonathan Evison and Dan Chaon

March 18, 2011 • 7 Comments

Jonathan Evison, author of West of Here, and Dan Chaon, author of Await Your Reply, talk “TAGTLAY,” the writing life, music, and the lighter issues–like the role of the subconscious in creative endeavors and the…

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Eugene O’Neill’s favorite cocktail

4 Comments March 17, 2011 • 4 Comments

For our literary St. Patrick’s Day cocktail needs (yes, that’s a real need), we must look to the great drinkers of the Irish-American lit tradition. In fact, I didn’t have to look very far, because…

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Manuel Munoz’s What You See in the Dark: A very Hitchcockian book trailer

3 Comments March 16, 2011 • 3 Comments

As someone who is actually old enough to remember life BP—Before Psycho—I was thrilled when upon my first reading of Manuel Munoz’s wonderful novel, What You See in the Dark, I found that one of…

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Publication Day and Bonus Soundtrack: Cardboard Gods by Josh Wilker

23 Comments March 15, 2011 • 23 Comments

Today we add a new pastime to the list of America’s favorites–apple pie, baseball, singing flight attendants and, now, Josh Wilker’s brilliant memoir, Cardboard Gods.
The 1970s was a decade marked by Vietnam, Watergate, counterculture,…

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The New Yorker librarians: Erin Overbey interviews Jon Michaud about When Tito Loved Clara

2 Comments March 11, 2011 • 2 Comments

 
 
Jon Michaud’s When Tito Loved Clara follows the story of Clara, a Dominican-American wife and mother, as she aspires to a middle-class suburban existence only to be drawn back to her community and…

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Heidi Durrow reports from the NAACP Image Awards

3 Comments March 10, 2011 • 3 Comments

For the last few weeks my to-do list has read something like this:
Pack
Unpack
Write thank you notes
Finish essay
Laundry
Wash dishes
Pick up dry cleaning
Try to get to gym!
But last…

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Happy Mardi Gras! How To Make a King Cake

4 Comments March 9, 2011 • 4 Comments

 
Before , my experience with New Orleans was comprised of beignets at Café du Monde, my first (and hopefully last) hurricane, and a visit with a psychic (he may not have possessed mind-reading powers,…

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Publication Day: When Tito Loved Clara by Jon Michaud

2 Comments March 8, 2011 • 2 Comments

Today is a momentous occasion: the publication day of Jon Michaud’s debut novel When Tito Loved Clara, one of our favorite titles on our Spring 2011 list. And it’s not just because Jon is the…

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Giveaway for the Algonquin Book Club: In the Time of the Butterflies

32 Comments March 7, 2011 • 32 Comments

Today’s Shelf Awareness, one of our favorite daily reads, gives a fantastic shout out to the Algonquin Book Club. There are only two weeks left until the first event with Julia Alvarez and Edwidge Danticat!…

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Booksellers Rock! Jay D. Peterson, Magers & Quinn Booksellers

3 Comments March 4, 2011 • 3 Comments

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Jay Peterson, an expert in the art of napping, has been the store manager at Magers and Quinn Booksellers in uptown Minneapolis for over 9 years. He is also a board member and volunteer…

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