National Poetry Month: Which Shore?

April 27, 2011 • No Comments National Poetry Month is, alas, drawing to a close, but this doesn’t mean that you should put your poetry books back on the shelf to accrue dust for another year! Poetry’s charms are a year-round…


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Publication Day: The Watery Part of the World by Michael Parker

35 Comments April 26, 2011 • 35 Comments Even before hitting bookstore shelves today, the praise for Michael Parker’s new novel has been overwhelming. Aside from glowing pre-pubs for The Watery Part of the World, authors all over the country–from Ron Rash to…


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Rescheduled: Gruen and Stockett Book Club Event

No Comments April 25, 2011 • No Comments   We’re very sorry to announce that the Tuesday night Algonquin Book Club event with Sara Gruen and Kathryn Stockett will need to be postponed. Please stay tuned for the reschedule date.…


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National Poetry Month: The Letting Go

2 Comments April 22, 2011 • 2 Comments What can I say about Emily Dickinson besides that she was a genius, a one-of-a-kind, inimitable talent, and that alongside Walt Whitman she is considered to be one of the two parents of American poetry?…


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This Easter get Seasoned in the South

No Comments April 21, 2011 • No Comments Easter is my favorite family-oriented holiday. No gifts, just food. The weather is warm but not hot. The flowers are in bloom. Everybody comes home from church in their whites and pastels, ready to sit…


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New in Paperback from Heather Lende

No Comments April 20, 2011 • No Comments Happy paperback publication to Heather Lende‘s Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs! Following an almost fatal car accident, Lende introduces us to the community that helped her get back on her feet:…


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Giveaway & Event Countdown: Algonquin Book Club with Sara Gruen and Kathryn Stockett

62 Comments April 18, 2011 • 62 Comments Just 8 more days… We’re counting down to April 26th, 7:00 pm EST and our next Algonquin Book Club event! Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, will interview Sara Gruen about her international bestseller, Water for…


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What We’re Reading: Alexandra Styron’s Reading My Father

1 Comment April 15, 2011 • 1 Comment In 2006, when I was an assistant publicist at Random House, I was assigned to publicize the reprinting of Darkness Visible, William Styron’s extraordinarily moving memoir on his depression. I knew many close friends who…


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Passover Memories, and Why My Mother’s Chicken Soup Is the Best

No Comments April 14, 2011 • No Comments Today we have a post from the Workman Blog. Judy Bart Kancigor is the author of Cooking Jewish: 532 Great Recipes from the Rabinowitz Family. For a copy of her Workman Short, visit The Perfect…


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National Poetry Month: “The Old High Way of Love”

3 Comments April 13, 2011 • 3 Comments In honor of National Poetry Month, every Wednesday in April I’m sharing one of my favorite poems for you to read and share with a friend, a lover, or even a foe (I promise they…