Booksellers Rock! Nancy Olson, Quail Ridge Books

November 9, 2010 • 3 Comments Quail Ridge is the major independent bookstore in Raleigh, NC–hometown of David and Amy Sedaris. It was voted the Best Bookstore of the Year by Publishers Weekly about a decade ago, and rightly so–you can’t…


November 8, 2010

Booksellers Rock! Land Arnold, Flyleaf Books

2 Comments November 8, 2010 • 2 Comments Jamie Fiocco, Sarah Carr, and Land Arnold at Flyleaf Books. Courtesy of Chapel Hill Magazine. Photo by Briana Brough The Triangle area of North Carolina—Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill—is famous for a lot of things:  stellar…


November 5, 2010

READ THIS: The Puzzle King Excerpt

1 Comment November 5, 2010 • 1 Comment Now in Paperback! Here’s a memorable tale of two unlikely heroes: the lively, beautiful Flora and her husband, the brooding, studious Simon—two immigrants, both sent to America by their families to find a better life.…


November 4, 2010

Happy Birthday Katie!

6 Comments November 4, 2010 • 6 Comments As you readers out there may know (or will soon learn), we here at Algonquin love birthdays. It’s a chance to break out the cake, dust off our vocal pipes, and most importantly, celebrate ourselves.…


November 3, 2010

What We’re Reading: Chopin’s Garden

5 Comments November 3, 2010 • 5 Comments CHOPIN’S GARDEN by Eleanor Lincoln Morse (Fox Print Books) was given to me by a fellow editor whose librarian gave it to her. And it’s exactly the kind of novel you finish and give to…


November 2, 2010

Start writing! The first step to getting published

No Comments November 2, 2010 • No Comments Today’s feature comes courtesy of the awesome folks at Workman Publishing, who asked National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo) founder Chris Baty to write a guest post for them. We loved it so much we…


October 29, 2010

HOW TO Run A Marathon

4 Comments October 29, 2010 • 4 Comments Dad and me, pre-race, Marine Corps Marathon 2008 . The question I’m most asked about running is “How far is this marathon?” (Yes, they are all 26.2 miles.) The second most common question is “How…


October 28, 2010

MUDBOUND A convocation and a giveaway

21 Comments October 28, 2010 • 21 Comments What does Hillary Jordan’s debut novel, Mudbound, have in common with the likes of Nickel & Dimed, Freakonomics, The Glass Castle, and Three Cups of Tea? The answer: it’s the 2010 selection for Appalachian State…


October 26, 2010

What We’re Reading: Cutting for Stone

3 Comments October 26, 2010 • 3 Comments Editors will tell you that there’s an occupational hazard that comes with the job. To wit: it can be hard to carve out time to read totally and utterly for pleasure. That is why I…


October 25, 2010

Algonquin Talks with Amy Salit, Fresh Air producer

4 Comments October 25, 2010 • 4 Comments Amy Salit—one of the smartest, hardest working, and funniest producers in the biz—was kind enough to take time out from her busy schedule to talk about her career at Fresh Air, including legendary BEA parties…