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People, People Who Need Trees, are the Lucky 7-est People in the World

1 Comment If you’re lucky enough to be near a window right now, go look out it. (If you’re lucky enough to be outside as you’re reading this, then just look around you — and also know…

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Lucky 7: The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

1 Comment 1 Comment “A sort of biographical thank you for the snail” Stuck in bed because of a debilitating illness, Elisabeth Tova Bailey watches a wild snail that has taken up residence on her nightstand. Intrigued by the…

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Tayari Jones: ‘My Story Wasn’t My Story Alone…’

No Comments No Comments “… It belongs to everyone.” Tayari Jones talks here about what led her to write Silver Sparrow, her compelling novel that is resonating with readers far and wide, from NPR to Ann Patchett. Brand new…

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On Writing: Amy Stewart and Paul Collins

1 Comment 1 Comment Amy Stewart and Paul Collins talk belles-lettres, the art of nonfiction, e-publishing, colonial mixed drinks, and cramming for your own interviews. Amy Stewart is the acclaimed author of Wicked Plants, Wicked Bugs, Flower Confidential, and…

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What We’re Reading: The Red Market by Scott Carney

No Comments No Comments I’ve been on a weird reading kick lately. When not reading manuscripts for work or new issues of Us Weekly (a top priority every Thursday evening), I’m usually immersed in a hot new fiction title.…

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On Writing: Alexander Chee and Tayari Jones

6 Comments 6 Comments Alexander Chee, the author of Edinburgh, talks with Tayari Jones about her new novel Silver Sparrow.   I first met Tayari Jones at the MacDowell Colony in 2007. It was summer, and I was there…

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What You See in the Dark Giveaway!

24 Comments 24 Comments We’re giving away five copies of Manuel Muñoz’s new novel What You See in the Dark and five gorgeous broadsides created by Ander Monson, the multi-talented author of Vanishing Point and Other Electricities. The broadside…

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Publication Day: Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

69 Comments 69 Comments With the opening line of “My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist,” Tayari Jones unveils a breathtaking story about a man’s deception, a family’s complicity, and two teenage girls caught in the middle.   Set…

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Publication Day: Wicked Bugs

30 Comments 30 Comments Amy Stewart, author of the New York Times bestsellers Wicked Plants and Flower Confidential, is back with her newest book, Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army and Other Diabolical Insects. (Be sure to…

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Wicked Trailer Amy Stewart, Wicked Bugs

1 Comment 1 Comment We bring you this important news bulletin about Amy Stewart’s Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army & other Diabolical Insects (May 2011). c/o the New York Times Amy Stewart is also the author…

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