Bill Smith: Taking It On The Road

March 18, 2010 • No Comments

Last month I was invited by the Viking Range company to give a series of classes at their cooking school in Greenwood, Mississippi. The company’s headquarters is there and, besides the school, there are factories,…

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March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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For this day of uninhibited drinking and pride in all things Irish, we offer up the favorite drink of novelist James Gould Cozzens: the Half and Half (courtesy of Hemingway and Bailey’s Bartending Guide to…

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March 16, 2010

Seattle Reads SECRET SON

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The Washington Center for the Book has chosen Laila Lalami‘s Secret Son as their 2010 Seattle Reads selection.
Secret Son is about a Youssef, a young man in Casablanca who discovers his long-lost father is…

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March 11, 2010

Maria’s Bookshop Loves The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

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Joe and Libby, booksellers at Maria’s Bookshop in Durango, CO, share why they love and recommend Heidi Durrow’s debut novel The Girl Who Fell from the Sky in this wonderful video post from their store’s…

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March 9, 2010

Best Supporting Actor Supports Water For Elephants!

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Ok, so there was a rumor that Sean Penn was going to play August in the film adaptation of Sara Gruen‘s Water For Elephants. This would have been great. But today I learned that it…

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March 5, 2010

In Case You Missed It…

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Wednesday, NPR’s All Things Considered did a feature on Heidi Durrow and her book The Girl Who Fell From The Sky. The piece is called “Reimagining The ‘Tragic Mulatto’” and discusses the novel, Durrow’s roots,…

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March 4, 2010

McCorkle’s Magic Words

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Jill McCorkle can pack a room. I had the pleasure of attending her reading last night, at her alma mater UNC Chapel Hill, where the fans turned out like it was a literary home game.…

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March 3, 2010

Love, Loss, Off-Broadway

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“A remarkable and eloquent book, a handful of dresses that write a life.” – Newsday
On Monday, Barnes and Noble hosted an author event with Ilene Beckerman, talking about her book Love, Loss, and What…

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March 2, 2010

Need More Durrow?

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I’ve decided that I would like Heidi Durrow to be my best friend, please. She’s smart. She’s glamorous. And she wrote this novel, called The Girl Who Fell From The Sky, that’s pretty much shaking…

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March 1, 2010

Hold Me Tight and Tango Me Home on Tour

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Maria Finn, author of the new memoir Hold Me Tight and Tango Me Home, has been on a whirlwind tour of West Coast bookstores for the past month and just touched down in New York…

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