From Largehearted Boy—Peep Show Soundtrack

June 4, 2010 • 4 Comments Josh Braff, author of the new book PEEP SHOW, put together a playlist for the (really awesome) blog Largehearted Boy. We liked it so much, we had to repost it! You can see this post…


June 3, 2010

Short Story Pick-Of-The-Month

1 Comment June 3, 2010 • 1 Comment Contrary to popular belief, not all writers sit in dark corners scribbling their serious, serious story about how gloomy and awful life is. Most writers use laptops now. Others, like George Singleton, forgo the expected,…


June 1, 2010

Backlist Redux: The Resurrectionist

1 Comment June 1, 2010 • 1 Comment The Resurrectionist by Jack O’Connell In a desperate attempt to revive his comatose son, Sweeney has taken a position as third-shift pharmacist at the austere Peck Clinic, where Dr. Peck and his daughter, Dr. Peck,…


May 31, 2010

May’s Why-I-Love-Books Roundup

4 Comments May 31, 2010 • 4 Comments May is a fantastic month. Not like cold February or boring September: it’s got spunk. The weather turns warm and the flowers bloom and the mosquitoes start breeding . . .  Here in America, we…


May 27, 2010

Algonquin-Approved Summer Reading

1 Comment May 27, 2010 • 1 Comment Show of hands: who secretly loved those summer reading assignments in grade school? As your classmates groaned while the reading lists were passed out, you rubbed your hands in glee, picturing long days spent inhaling…


May 26, 2010

Excerpt: Far Bright Star

1 Comment May 26, 2010 • 1 Comment Today we have an excerpt form Robert Olmstead‘s Far Bright Star. This novel, which came out last year and is new in paperback, has gleaned some high praise and won the Western Writers of America…


May 25, 2010


1 Comment May 25, 2010 • 1 Comment BEA 2009 I came to work today in my “Reading Is Sexy” T-shirt, dragon knee-socks, and USA sweatband. I led the office in some stretches and then we laid out the buffalo wings and the…


May 24, 2010

Peep Show: Sneak Peep

6 Comments May 24, 2010 • 6 Comments A little about Joshua Braff‘s new book, Peep Show: David Arbus will be graduating from high school in the spring of 1975. His divorced parents offer two options: embrace his mother’s Hasidic sect or go…


May 21, 2010

Ask Dr. Bleedingheart

No Comments May 21, 2010 • No Comments Dear Dr. Bleedingheart, I have recently adopted some pet snails.  Now they are having snail babies! The soil in the terrarium has little tiny bugs in it; I think they might have come from a…


May 20, 2010

Author Q&A: Heather Lende

No Comments May 20, 2010 • No Comments Heather Lende is many things: wife, mother, obit writer, Alaska spokesperson, radio personality, all-around-inspiration, and author of If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name. Now she’s back with a new memoir, Take Good Care…