A Blessing on the Moon: Now on Stage!

January 31, 2012 • No Comments Joseph Skibell is no stranger when it comes to accolades and awards. Recently, his novel A Curable Romantic won the prestigious Sami Rohr Choice Award (which comes with a $25,000 grand prize). So how do…


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Lauren Grodstein & Stephen King; Algonquin Book Club Event, 3/3

33 Comments January 30, 2012 • 33 Comments Get ready for our next Algonquin Book Club event coming up on March 3 at 7:00 p.m. EST!  Tune into the live webcast to hear Stephen King in conversation with Lauren Grodstein, author of A…


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January Poetry Roundup

No Comments January 27, 2012 • No Comments As Carl Phillips said, “The truest poetry speaks to us not as documentation . . . but as confirmation—echo—of something essential to being human, flawed, mortal.” Because we Algonkians are voracious readers of verse as…


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What We’re Reading: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

No Comments January 25, 2012 • No Comments When I was a kid, my dad–a doctor–worked insane hours, as doctors are wont to do. When he was home, our time together primarily consisted of his reading to me and my little sister. He…


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What We’re Reading: The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

2 Comments January 23, 2012 • 2 Comments North Koreans have only seven options of government-approved hair cuts. They have loudspeakers in their homes that relay government propaganda 24/7 (“The Inuit people are a tribe of isolated savages that live near the North…


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Caroline Leavitt Attends Pulpwood Queens Weekend

2 Comments January 20, 2012 • 2 Comments What would make fifty authors hightail it down to the tiny town of Jefferson, Texas for the chance to dress like clowns, 80’s prom queens, fortunetellers, circus animals and big haired divas with glittering tiaras?…


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Recently Published: Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron

25 Comments January 19, 2012 • 25 Comments I read Naomi Benaron‘s Running the Rift over the holidays, and I think my family may have been frustrated by the way I kept sneaking off to lock myself in the basement and read in…


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On Writing: Martha Southgate and Elissa Schappell

1 Comment January 17, 2012 • 1 Comment Martha Southgate and Elissa Schappell talk marine biologists, mom stereotypes, sluts, and being labeled as “Women Writers.” Martha Southgate is the author of The Taste of Salt, as well as Third Girl from the Left…


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Sneak Peek: Broadway Baby by Alan Shapiro

40 Comments January 11, 2012 • 40 Comments Today we have an early peek at Alan Shapiro’s forthcoming novel, Broadway Baby, landing in bookstores on January 24th. We have five autographed copies to give away to our readers. For a chance to win…


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Sneak Peek: How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm by Mei-Ling Hopgood

29 Comments January 4, 2012 • 29 Comments We’re thrilled to give you an early look at Mei-Ling Hopgood’s upcoming book, How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm and Other Adventures in Parenting Around the World, publishing next week. This grand tour of global…