May 14, 2010 • 1 Comment

1. Gearing Up. Admit it: half the fun of every hobby is getting the tricked-out gear. And just when you thought you had the latest in clippable LED book-illuminating technology–Check out this glowing nightlight/bookmark for…


May 13, 2010

Talking Fiction with Lee Smith

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Last Saturday I attended Lee Smith‘s reading at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC. Turns out, even on a Saturday night, Smith can draw quite a crowd–and she didn’t disappoint. She read from her new…


May 12, 2010

3 Loaves: Levain, at Last!

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Inspired by William Alexander‘s new book 52 LOAVES, One Man’s Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Meaning and a Perfect Crust, I am in my third week of learning how to bake bread from a natural starter,…


May 11, 2010

Author Q&A: Steve Stern

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This week from Algonquin: Steve Stern‘s newest novel, The Frozen Rabbi. Stern has been writing for over twenty-five years, earning high praise for his Yiddish-folklore-inspired novels, short-story collections, and children’s books. He’s won the O.…


May 11, 2010

There’s a rabbi in the freezer…

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In anticipation of today’s excerpt from Steve Stern‘s The Frozen Rabbi, I sat down with a copy of the book last night, intending to maybe read the first chapter, feel out Stern’s prose, and fall…


May 7, 2010

Saturday Night Smith

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This Saturday, Lee Smith is going to be in our neighborhood, visiting Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. She’ll be reading from her new book, Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger. Grab dinner and drinks from…


May 6, 2010

Author Q&A: Bill Alexander

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At the risk of seeming a little bread-obsessed (breadsessed … I’ll work on it), today we have an interview with Bill Alexander, author of 52 Loaves. He talks about things like wood-working, submitting to The…


May 5, 2010

2 Loaves? Or 1/2 of a starter, at least

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It is week two in my month-long quest to bake the “perfect” loaf of bread, inspired by William Alexander’s new book 52 Loaves. (Ok, so it doesn’t have to be perfect. . . yet. I’ll…


May 4, 2010

Author Q&A: Jim Dodson

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Jim Dodson‘s beautiful golf memoir, A Son of the Game: A Story of Golf and Fatherhood, won the International Golf Network Book of the Year award. To celebrate the paperback publication this month, we’ve conducted…


May 3, 2010

An Excerpt from A Son Of The Game

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Today we have an excerpt from James Dodson‘s award winning A Son Of The Game. This wise memoir about finding new meaning through an old sport is filled with anecdotes about the history of the…